CSEA Education Services
CSEA offers over $110,000 per year in scholarships and grants for you and your dependents, and two college programs for you and your family members*.
CSEA members and their family members* can earn an Associate Degree with NO out-of-pocket costs. Take classes for professional growth, personal enrichment, complete a certificate program or an Associate degree. Family members do not need to be living with you or be your financial dependent to be eligible. This program is offered in partnership with Union Plus and Eastern Gateway Community College in Ohio. The college is regionally accredited, and credits are transferable. All courses will be conducted 100 percent online. Go to www.unionplusfreecollege.org to find out more, including areas of study, and to apply online. Once an associate degree is completed, students can continue on a path toward earning a bachelor’s degree through the CSEA Low Cost Bachelor’s Degree Program.
Important Announcement! If the applicant enrolls during the 2020/2021 Academic Year, there will be no out of pocket costs for tuition, books, and fees. If the student stays continuously enrolled in at least one course, they can obtain their Bachelor’s degree for free. Each applicant must fill out the FAFSA to be eligible for the scholarship to attend at no-cost. The amount of the scholarship is determined by your enrollment and by amount of federal, state or employer grants for which you are eligible. This is verified through the FAFSA process.
CSEA members and their family members* can earn a bachelor’s degree at a significantly reduced cost. Family members do not need to be living with you or be your financial dependent to be eligible. This program is offered in partnership with Union Plus and Central State University in Ohio. The college is regionally accredited, and credits are transferable. All courses will be conducted 100 percent online. Currently degrees are offered in Education, Business Administration, and Criminal Justice. Additional degree programs will be announced as they become available. Attendance can be on a part- or full-time basis. Go to www.unionlowcostdegrees.org find out more details and to apply online. This is a degree completion program so you must have an Associate degree or approximately 60 transferable credits in order to apply. If studying Teacher Education, you will obtain your Ohio Teaching License for PK-Grade 3 as part of the degree program. This license can then be transferred to a California Teaching Credential (Multiple Subject). More options will be available in the future.
*Family members include spouses, domestic partners, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, parents, siblings, in-laws, step-children and step-grandchildren, cousins, and more.
Note: The inquiry form for both college programs requires your local number which is your CSEA chapter number, and if you are applying for yourself, your CSEA member ID is also required. If you do not know your chapter number or your member id number, call CSEA Member Benefits at (866) 487-2732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
CSEA Member Career Grants
CSEA offers $1,000 grants to members who are going to school on a part- or full-time basis. Grants are awarded to recipients based on financial need, goals and objectives, citizenship, and CSEA activities.
To apply, please download and complete the application and the required additional form. Applications are due October 31.
CSEA Member Reimbursement Subsidies
CSEA offers up to $250 subsidies to financially assist members with opportunities that connect them to the union, the community, and/or to students. Examples of the types of programs considered include, but are not limited to, attendance at CSEA’s Paraeducator Conference, CSEA’s Maintenance and Operations Academy, completion of the citizenship process, obtaining a high school diploma, or GED.
Applications are accepted year-round. To apply, please download and complete the application.
Member Student Loan Reducer Program Grants
CSEA recognizes that student loan debt is a major burden for many Americans, including many CSEA members. To assist members, CSEA offers $500 grants to help pay down this debt. Thank you to SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union for their generous donation each year to help make this program possible.
To apply, please download and complete the application. Applications are due February 15.
CSEA Dependent Scholarships
CSEA awards $1,000 scholarships to the dependents (including spouses) of its members. There are graduating high school senior, community college, and college/university or vocational school scholarships.
Application forms and detailed information will be available in mid-November and are due March 1.
The Union Plus Scholarship Program offers scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 to recipients based on academic achievement, potential, character, leadership, social awareness, career goals and financial need.
Online applications will be available in mid-June and due January 31. Go to www.unionplus.org/scholarships.