University officials and San Diego Police officers at National University
Professor Jack Hamlin (left), San Diego Police Lt. Brent Williams, Officer Thomas McGrath and Vice Chancellor Chris Graham.

National University announced Wednesday it is offering a 25 percent tuition discount to qualified law-enforcement personnel seeking college degrees.

The university is counting police academy training toward a degree in addition to offering discounted tuition. In some cases, the time time needed to obtain a bachelor’s degree is reduced to less than a year, and the effective tuition by 40 percent.

“Through this initiative, students will be able to save substantial time and tuition in their journey toward a bachelor’s degree, and that is a goal that National University is dedicated to expanding and exploring on behalf of all students,” said Dr. David Andrews, president of the university. “National University is pleased to be offering this opportunity to members of law enforcement and public safety as part of a wider institutional focus on personalizing the higher education experience.”

The university said the “credit-alignment” offer is especially helpful to students seeking a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration.

The announcement of the program was made on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day with members of the San Diego Police Department in attendance.

“I am very excited for the opportunity National University is giving the men and women of the San Diego Police Department. As a corporate partner with the city, they are offering our employees and their dependents a more affordable option to pursue higher education while also accommodating those who have nontraditional work schedules,” San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit.

The private, nonprofit university counts among its law-enforcement alumni former San Diego Police Chief and Mayor Jerry Sanders, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, and John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.