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Florida Fraternal Order of Police Sponsors College Tuition for Members and Families


ORLANDO, Florida – James Preston, Florida State FOP President, and Bruce Porter, FOP Chairman of Trustees, along with benefit committee members voted unanimously to sponsor tuition to Andrew Jackson University for state FOP members and their families.

University director of special projects Keith Schmoke invited the State FOP to participate in Andrew Jackson’s unique sponsorship program where tuition is waived for group members. Schmoke said that the elimination of tuition for FOP members is especially important as many departments are considering dropping reimbursement plans for officers attending college. “Some of the officers I speak with are concerned that, if they start a college program, their reimbursement will be discontinued,” Schmoke said. He continued, “The sponsored tuition program at Andrew Jackson University alleviates this anxiety as all a sponsored FOP member is obligated to pay are low semester enrollment fees.”

Asked if this special program was extended to FOP members’ families, Schmoke stated that all immediate family members were eligible for the low cost college courses and any of the eleven degree programs at the online university. “Rather than spending $750 per college course, a student sponsored by the FOP is only responsible for a $350 semester enrollment fee, and this allows them to take up to four courses per semester,” Schmoke said. And if a department does have tuition reimbursement this program allows the student to more than double the number of courses they can take per benefit year. Not a bad thing in these tough economic times.

Florida State FOP members interested in this new Sponsored Tuition program should contact Andrew Jackson University for details. College credit for official police training programs may be awarded and credits earned at other accredited colleges and universities are transferable. In addition, the University offers accelerated master’s degree programs for those with qualifying law enforcement command experience. All Andrew Jackson’s programs qualify for FDLE stipends.

For information call 800-429-9300, option 1, or e-mail


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