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Apollo Group

Offers online degrees and education.

4025 S. Riverpoint Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Employees: 34,000
CEO: Gregory Cappelli
Stock Symbol: APOL

Website: http://www.apollogrp.edu

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Apollo Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries -- University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, Carnegie Learning, College for Financial Planning, and Apollo Education Ventures -- has established itself as a leading provider of higher education programs for working adults.

The Company's educational programs and services are provided at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels in 36 states and the District of Columbia; Puerto Rico; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Mexico; Chile; and the Netherlands, as well as online throughout the world.

Founded in 1976, the University of Phoenix has graduated over 900,000 students to date. Most of the University's 190,000 students attend classes online.

Apollo Group reported net revenue for fiscal year 2015 totaled $2.6 billion, compared to $3.0 billion in fiscal year 2014. Net income was $29.7 million for fiscal 2015.

In fiscal year 2015, University of Phoenix Average Degreed Enrollment was 214,500, compared to 251,500 for fiscal year 2014.

The company reported full and part-time non-faculty employees of 17,887 and faculty numbering 32,105.

The Apollo Group has been under criticism from the Dept. of Education and Congress for enrolling students who are unlikely to graduate and leaving them with high amount of student loan debt. The Dept. of Defense decided in 2015 to no longer allow service members to attend Unversity of Phoenix with federal money and suspended the school from recruiting at U.S. military bases.


Apollo Group, Inc. was founded in 1973 in response to a gradual shift in higher education demographics from a student population dominated by youth to one in which approximately half the students are adults and over 80 percent of whom work full-time. Apollo's founder, John Sperling, believed -- and events proved him right -- that lifelong employment with a single employer would be replaced by lifelong learning and employment with a variety of employers. Lifelong learning requires an institution dedicated solely to the education of working adults.


Comprehensive health care coverage -- including medical and prescription drug benefits, dental benefits, vision benefits, and a Company-paid Employee Assistance Plan. Employees are eligible for health care coverage on the first day of the month following 60 days of continuous employment. Unless otherwise stated, employee’s share the cost on a pre-tax basis with Apollo Group, Inc. This coverage is available to regular, full-time employees who are compensated at 40 hours per week. The medical, dental and vision plans offer network and non-network benefits.
A Health Care Reimbursement Account and a Dependent Care Reimbursement Account.
These accounts are available to employees to pay for many types of health care expenses not fully covered by the medical, dental or vision plans and provide a tax effective way to pay for eligible child care services. Employees may set aside up to $5,000 annually in each account; contributions are made though payroll deductions on a pre-tax basis. Eligible employees are can participate in this benefit on the first day of the month following 60 days of continuous employment.

Life Insurance -- Coverage equal to two times the employee’s annual salary or targeted income, up to a specified amount. This coverage also includes Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance that provides benefits for loss of life, limbs or sight due to an accident. Apollo Group, Inc. pays for the full cost of this coverage.
Additional Life Insurance -- Employees may elect to increase their employer provided life insurance coverage and choose from options of one, two or three times their annual salary, up to a specified maximum. This coverage is optional and employees pay the premium through payroll deductions.
Dependent’s Life Insurance -- Employees may elect to purchase this coverage for eligible dependents including a spouse and/or children. This coverage is optional and employees pay the premiums through payroll deductions.
Business Travel Accident Insurance -- Company paid insurance, up to a specified amount, is available to all employees traveling for the Company. Employees are eligible for this coverage the date they are hired. Apollo Group, Inc. pays for the full cost of this coverage.

401(k) Savings and Investment Plan -- Employees may contribute up to 50% of their earnings on a pre-tax basis up to a specified maximum which is set by the IRS each year. Employees are eligible to begin contributing to the 401(k) Savings and Investment Plan (the Plan) on the first of the month following 60 days of active, continuous employment. This plan has an automatic enrollment feature: upon meeting the eligibility requirements, employees will be automatically enrolled in the Moderate Investment model at five percent of gross compensation. Employees may elect to make a pre-tax contribution in an amount other than five percent of earnings by enrolling online. Upon completing one year of full-time service with the company, Plan participants will receive employer matching contributions. Employee and Employer matching contributions are 100% vested. Matching contributions are subject to change at the Company’s discretion. Upon meeting the eligibility requirements, rollover contributions from other qualified plans are accepted into the Plan.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP) -- This plan is available to all active employees who have completed one year of employment. Through this program, employees can acquire stock ownership in the Company by purchasing Apollo Group (APOL) common stock.

Sick Leave -- After completing 60 days of continuous full-time employment, regular employees begin accruing sick leave at a specified accrual rate. Sick leave accruals may be carried from year to year.
Short-Term Disability (STD) Coverage -- This coverage is available to help replace lost
income for up to 13 weeks should the employee become ill or injured or unable to work due to a non-work related circumstance. Employees are eligible for coverage on the first day of the month following 60 days of continuous employment.
Long-Term Disability (LTD) Coverage -- This coverage helps replace a portion of an employee’s income if he or she is unable to perform the material duties for his or her own occupation. This program provides that in the event an employee becomes totally disabled, they will receive income from all sources that is at least equal to the selected percentage of pay based on the employee’s salary at the time of disability.
Long-Term Care Insurance -- This coverage offers affordable protection for the care of someone in need of assistance with daily living due to an accident, illness, or advancing age, either at home or in a facility. Coverage is available for employees and their spouses or parents of the employee and/or their spouse. Employee participation in this program is voluntary.

Vacation -- All eligible employees begin earning vacation upon completing three months of employment. At the beginning of each fiscal year, eligible employees receive an advance of their vacation hours for that year.
10 1⁄2 observed holidays a year -- Eligible employees will receive holiday pay for the following days:
• New Year’s Day
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
• President’s Day
• Good Friday (1⁄2 day off)
• Memorial Day
• Independence Day
• Labor Day
• Thanksgiving Day
• The day following Thanksgiving Day
• Christmas Eve Day
• Christmas Day

Education Tuition Program -- To support our mission of meeting the higher education needs of working adults, Apollo Group, Inc. offers a very generous Education Tuition Program. Employees and their eligible dependents can take advantage this benefit immediately upon hire.
College Savings Plan -- The college savings plan is designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs. Created under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, the plan provides distinct savings advantages, such as tax-deferred accumulation, federal tax-free earnings for qualified withdrawals, reduction in estate taxes, and special gift tax treatment.

Updated November 8, 2015