Marian University enters agreement with SSM Health to make earning a degree affordable for employees

February 15, 2021

Marian University is partnering with SSM Health to help its nearly 40,000 employees across sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin pursue higher education at a discounted rate.

“Marian University has worked tirelessly to establish its reputation as a premier provider of health care-related education, and I can’t think of a partnership more fitting than one with SSM Health, the Midwest’s premier health care delivery system,” said Marian University President Dr. Michelle Majewski. “With several alumni now in top positions within SSM Health, we look forward to having our renowned educational offerings play a part in the career advancement of additional SSM Health employees.”

SSM Health includes 23 hospitals, more than 290 physician offices and other outpatient and virtual care services, 10 post-acute facilities, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a pharmacy benefit company, a health insurance company and an accountable care organization. It is one of the largest employers in every community it serves.

“We place a high priority on giving our employees ample opportunity to advance and develop themselves personally and professionally,” said St. Agnes Hospital President and Marian University graduate Katherine Vergos. “We also place a high priority on partnering with respected, reputable organizations, and we’re glad to partner with Marian University knowing it will help our employees advance their already tremendous and appreciated talents.”

Effective May 1, 2021, the partnership will allow SSM Health employees and their dependents to take advantage of:

  • A 20% tuition discount to employees and dependents (including spouses) enrolling in an onsite adult Undergraduate and Graduate program provided sixteen or more students enroll
  • A 20% tuition discount to employees and dependents (including spouses) enrolling in adult or graduate programming offered online
  • A 50% tuition discount to dependents (including spouses) enrolling in a traditional, face-to-face program, on Marian University’s campus

As explained in the partnership website and video, Marian University has developed online programs for anyone wanting a personalized, flexible education that incorporates the core values it shares with SSM Health. This includes options for traditional 15-week semesters, 7-week accelerated timelines, or 4-week flexible program schedules.