SJU Offers Tuition Discount to City Employees

Thursday, September 8, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 8, 2011) – Saint Joseph’s University’s College of Professional and Liberal Studies (PLS) recently announced its membership to the City of Philadelphia’s Returning to Learning Partnership, which offers a 25 percent tuition discount to City employees who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree. This partnership effectively expands the PLS’s current tuition discount program offered to City of Philadelphia police officers and correctional officers to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Saint Joseph’s University is the ninth local higher education institution to join the Returning to Learning Partnership since the initiative was instituted by the Mayor’s Office of Education in 2010. Through the partnership, qualified City of Philadelphia employees with 45 or more previously earned college credits may choose from more than 20 programs of study at Saint Joseph’s, which includes bachelor’s degree programs supported through accelerated and traditional classroom-based courses offered on Saint Joseph’s University’s main campus.

"We are excited to have Saint Joseph's as a partner in the Mayor's Returning to Learning Partnership Program,” said the Mayor’s of Office of Education in a statement. “Saint Joseph's discounted evening courses will provide more flexibility for our employees who are pursuing a post-secondary education."

Interested City of Philadelphia employees must meet all the requirements for admission and enroll in a degree program in the College of Professional and Liberal Studies at SJU. They will have the application fee waived, as well as the the opportunity to meet one-on-one for a pre-admission and transfer evaluation counseling appointment prior to submitting an application.

Those who do not initially qualify to be admitted directly to the University may start a college degree through SJU’s dual admission partner and fellow Returning to Learning member, Community College of Philadelphia, and transfer to Saint Joseph’s PLS upon completion of 45 or more credits or an associate’s degree.

“Saint Joseph’s University will now be able to support even more Philadelphians in the realization of their educational and professional goals,” said Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Professional and Liberal Studies, Paul DeVito, Ph.D.  “As a University partner, we are dedicated to supporting the Mayor’s Office of Education and Graduate! Philadelphia’s citywide commitment to increase the number of Philadelphians who complete a four-year degree.”

For more information on Saint Joseph’s University’s participation in the Returning to Learning Partnership, please visit or

About PLS: Saint Joseph’s University’s College of Professional and Liberal Studies is the largest and oldest program for non-traditional students in the greater Philadelphia region. Dedicated to educating Philadelphia’s adults, the College of Professional and Liberal Studies is a member Graduate! Philadelphia in 2010 and has transfer agreements with six local community colleges.

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