The nation’s police officers will have a chance to put some extra money in their pocket starting next year thanks to a new incentive program offered by the Federal Government to buyback their criminal justice degrees. The program has generated the interest of tens of thousands of police officers who often wonder why they spent $25,000 on a piece of paper.
The buyback program will be available to any officer with a two-year degree or higher in a criminal justice program from an accredited college. The U.S. Department of Education will buyback the degrees, then redistribute the purchased credit hours to underprivileged students who are struggling with their higher education studies.
“Some students require a little extra help,” said Joel Cohen of the U.S. Department of Education. “College is not a meritocracy anymore – things are more fair, more compassionate.”
According to Cohen, the redistributed credit hours assist struggling students by applying the credit hours to their degree program to make up for classes they failed.
Police Officer Darrin Ladovich says he can’t wait to sell back his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and use the money to put toward a monthly payment on his new Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD pickup truck. “I’m glad to help people who have less towing capacity than me,” said Ladovich.
Britney Steele, a student at Wesleyan University said she’ll use the gifted credit hours to make up for the history, civics, and English classes she failed this year, freeing up time and money to take more relevant studies next year in social justice organizing and race theory. “It’s a win-win situation,” said Steele.