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More companies partner with Liberty to offer tuition discounts for employees

January 30, 2014 : Liberty University News Service

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Liberty University has partnered with education benefit provider Beneplace to expand the school’s growing list of corporate education affiliates. Employees of companies such as outdoor retail giant Cabela’s, Time Warner, and EchoStar can now take part in Liberty’s Advantage Program

The Advantage Program allows employees of its partner corporations to enroll in Liberty’s online programs and receive benefits such as a 15 percent tuition discount and a waived application fee. The tuition discount extends to spouses of partner employees as well.

“Our goal is to provide our business partners with affordable degree options that give their employees the knowledge and skills they can use right away in their positions to further their standing in the marketplace,” said Steve Peterson, Liberty University’s executive director of online admissions.

Since expanding partnerships to make the Advantage Program more accessible two years ago, Liberty has seen numerous individuals able to meet their educational goals. In this academic year alone, more than 1,000 students have enrolled at Liberty through the program.

Currently there are thousands of companies — from small businesses to corporate giants — that have access to the Advantage Program, either through a direct partnership with Liberty or through educational consulting services like Beneplace, EdAssist, and EdCor. (Check your company’s benefits provider to see if they offer the Advantage Program.)

These educational consulting services connect employees of companies like UPS, Verizon, Genworth Financial, and Teva Pharmaceuticals with the Advantage Program. Liberty’s direct corporate partnerships include AT&T, Wells Fargo, Chick-fil-A, Anthem, and Centra Health.

According to Peterson, the expansion of Liberty’s corporate partnerships speaks to the value of the educational programs the university offers. With 160 online programs of study, companies recognize that Liberty offers what their employees need to further their education and serve better in their positions.

“We take our highly sought-after degree programs and make them accessible through our online format so that working professionals can continue in their careers and meet their family obligations while advancing in their knowledge within a given academic discipline.”

Liberty University is the nation’s largest private, nonprofit online educator.