CSEA Education Services

CSEA offers over $135,000 per year in scholarships and grants for you and your dependents, and two college programs for you and your family members*.


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CSEA’s Free Associate Degree Program offers over 30 areas of study and classes are taught online. Earn an Associate degree or take courses for professional growth or personal enrichment at no cost for tuition, books, and student fees.


CSEA is proud to offer this special benefit to CSEA members and their families. Two of the three universities are regionally accredited and one is nationally accredited. The programs are taught online, and there are multiple degree program options with no out-of-pocket costs for tuition, books, and fees – including an option to earn a teaching credential.


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.

Applications are available in June and are due October 31 each year.


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, as well as the Chapter Participation form.

Member Reimbursement Subsidy Application

Chapter Participation Form


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.

Applications are available in September and are due February 15 each year. To apply, please download and complete the application, as well as the Chapter Participation form.

Member Student Loan Reducer Program Application

Chapter Participation Form


CSEA Dependent Scholarships

CSEA awards $1,000 scholarships to the dependents (including spouses) of its members. There are scholarships for graduating high school seniors, as well as awards for those already enrolled in community college, college/university or trade/vocational schools.

Applications are due  March 1.

To find out more and apply, please download and complete the application. Also provided below is an application checklist/worksheet to assist you in completing the application. 

Dependent Scholarship Fact Sheet and Application


Dependent Scholarship Application Checklist/Worksheet


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.