North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun unveiled a first-​​of-​​its-​​kind pro­gram for par­ents and sib­lings of under­grad­uate stu­dents on Sat­urday during the university’s Parent and Family Weekend.

The Life­time Learning Mem­ber­ship will enable par­ents and sib­lings of North­eastern under­grad­u­ates to pursue part-​​time or full-​​time grad­uate degree pro­grams with a 25-​​percent dis­count. The schol­ar­ship includes more than 100 pro­grams offered online, on campus or through hybrid delivery across Northeastern’s global net­work of campuses.

Learning is a life­long endeavor,” Aoun said. “We are happy to pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for fam­i­lies so they can explore new knowl­edge regard­less of where they are in their careers. This pro­gram will ben­efit count­less fam­i­lies in advancing their education.”

President Aoun addresses a Parent and Family Weekend crowd

Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun addresses the crowd in Blackman Audi­to­rium on Oct. 17 during Parent and Family Weekend. Photo by Matthew Modoono/​Northeastern University.

Sim­ilar to the pop­ular Double Husky schol­ar­ship, which pro­vides a tuition ben­efit for North­eastern alumni who pursue grad­uate edu­ca­tion at the uni­ver­sity, the Life­time Learning Mem­ber­ship includes many pop­ular grad­uate cer­tifi­cate and master’s degree pro­grams. The pro­grams range in focus from busi­ness and entre­pre­neur­ship, to urban and regional policy, to nursing and health.

Northeastern’s global net­work and breadth of expe­ri­en­tial offer­ings are unri­valed resources that are now avail­able to help fam­i­lies of our stu­dents achieve their own edu­ca­tional and per­sonal goals,” said Philomena Man­tella, senior vice pres­i­dent and CEO of the Global Network.

Learning is a life­long endeavor. We are happy to pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for fam­i­lies so they can explore new knowl­edge regard­less of where they are in their careers. This pro­gram will ben­efit count­less fam­i­lies in advancing their edu­ca­tion.
—Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun

Today, an increasing number of jobs require edu­ca­tion beyond the tra­di­tional bachelor’s degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Sta­tis­tics pre­dicts that the number of jobs requiring a master’s degree will increase 18 per­cent by 2022, out­pacing any other edu­ca­tion level. This new pro­gram will make it easier for North­eastern family mem­bers to pursue grad­uate studies, unlocking new oppor­tu­ni­ties and helping them remain com­pet­i­tive in their careers.

Par­ents and sib­lings can begin enrolling in graduate-​​degree pro­grams as part of the Life­time Learning Mem­ber­ship in the spring 2016 semester. Prospec­tive grad­uate stu­dents must enroll while the under­grad­uate in their family is still a full-​​time stu­dent at North­eastern, but the dis­count is valid for the entirety of their grad­uate program.