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Kaplan University’s School of Public Safety and the International Association of Fire Fighters Partner to Provide Cost and Time Savings for Higher Education to All Members

Exclusive member benefits include significant tuition reductions, credits for fire-service certifications

DAVENPORT, Iowa – September 11, 2013 — Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), representing more than 300,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics in the United States and Canada, have joined to provide discounts and special benefits for IAFF members interested in pursuing higher education.

“Higher education is an increasingly important component in the career advancement of fire personnel and critical to managing the complexities of the fire service,” said IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger. “By partnering with Kaplan University’s School of Public Safety, we are able to provide access to some of the best educational tools and fire science programs for our large network of members across the United States and Canada.”

“Kaplan University’s goal is to help fire science and emergency management professionals at any stage in their careers to enhance their skills and become more competitive in their field for advancement,” said Mike Brackin, dean of the School of Public Safety at Kaplan University. “As the primary advocate for providing fire fighters with the tools they need to perform their jobs, the IAFF is the perfect ally for us to reach the bulk of our nation’s fire service professionals.”

Kaplan University benefits offered to IAFF members include:

Tuition reductions: Equivalent to a 43 percent reduction, a $210 credit hour rate will be extended on AAS in Fire Science, BS in Fire Science, and BS in Fire and Emergency Management programs.

Waived fees: Kaplan University’s Learning Recognition Course (LRC 100) and the accompanying Portfolio Assessment will be offered at no cost, equaling a $1,500 value.

Credit for prior learning experience: After a rigorous process of aligning the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) standards with its course offerings, Kaplan’s School of Public Safety can apply articulated credit to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE)-recognized programs, making it easier for fire fighters to convert their applicable International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and Pro Board certifications into college credits toward a degree, saving both time and money.

Currently in effect, all members of the IAFF can take advantage of the available benefits. For more information, visit

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 46,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. serves approximately 62,000 students online and through approximately 70 campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan’s higher education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc., is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company and its largest division. For more information, visit today.

About the International Association of Fire Fighters

The IAFF, headquartered in Washington, DC, represents more than 300,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics in North America and is the leading advocate for the health and safety of fire fighters. More information is available at

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