Union Plus Free College Benefit

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The Union Plus Free College Benefit offers CSEA members and their families an accessible, debt-free and convenient higher education opportunity. You, your spouse, children, grandchildren, and financial dependents can all take advantage of this exciting opportunity. Note: Your children and grandchildren do NOT need to be your financial dependents or living with you to qualify for this benefit.

Zero Out of Pocket Costs

Members and their families can earn an Associate’s Degree online, with no out of pocket costs. What is called a “last-dollar scholarship” covers the difference between any Federal Grants and your tuition, books, fees, and e-books at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Eastern Gateway Credits are Transferable

Eastern Gateway Community College is a public, non-profit school in the University System of Ohio and is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Credits you earn can transfer to other schools, potentially saving you thousands of dollars.

What Can You Study? See the complete list of options here.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions: Get all your questions answered here.

Get Started in Four Easy Steps

  1. Go to www.unionplusfreecollege.org

    Click the “Get Started” button. Complete the request information form with your contact and union membership (select CSEA for membership verification).

  2. Complete the Free Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    Complete the form online – the Eastern Gateway Community College school code is 007275.

  3. Submit Your Transcript

    Submit your high school transcript or GED test score as proof of high school completion. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the school you attended to:

    Eastern Gateway Community College

    Email: online@egcc.educ (Subject: Union Plus)
    Mail: EGCC Admissions, Attn: Union Plus, 101 Federal Plaza East, Youngstown, OH 44503
    Fax: Attn: Union Plus – 330-480-0817

  4. Enroll in Classes

    Work with an enrollment advisor to enroll in classes.

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About the CSEA Union Plus Free College Benefit

Who can apply?
CSEA Members in good standing (including Retirees), their children, grandchildren, spouse, and financial dependents. Note: The children and grandchildren of members do NOT need to be financial dependents of the member to be eligible.)

When can you apply?

Apply anytime, classes start every 8 weeks.

How Do I Get Started?
Go to www.unionplusfreecollege.org or call (888) 590-9009.