Apparently the for-profit University of Phoenix has a new special agreement with Northern Virginia Community College. Under the new deal, according to a Phoenix press release:

Students will have the opportunity to earn an associate degree at Northern Virginia Community College and seamlessly transition to a bachelor’s degree program at one of University of Phoenix’s seven DC-Metro area locations or online.

In addition to a tuition discount, Northern Virginia Community College students will have the opportunity to potentially convert prior training and work experience into college credit through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) at University of Phoenix. Through a new University of Phoenix transfer policy, credits earned through an associate of arts degree at Northern Virginia Community College will transfer to University of Phoenix and satisfy general education course requirements so students can immediately begin working toward a bachelor’s degree in their field of study. University of Phoenix and Northern Virginia Community College will also explore transfer trends to ensure the alliance is meeting local employer demands.

NOVA students already enjoy guaranteed admissions agreements with numerous local colleges, private, public, and for-profit, but this is the first time I’ve seen an institution offer tuition discounts to lure community college graduates.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer