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!

This popular program recently transitioned from low-cost to no-cost and was opened to all AFL-CIO union members and their families. Due to these factors our partner, Central State University, experienced a 600 percent increase in applications. This caused their customer service to be negatively impacted. They are responding by hiring and training new staff, continually working on service improvements, as well as adding additional class sections.

CSEA Member Benefits can assist any CSEA member or family member who is experiencing issues with obtaining responses to application inquiries. Please call (866) 487-2732 or email memberbenefits@csea.com.

New Degrees Added! For Spring, 2021, two additional degree options have been added: Bachelor’s of Arts Humanities-Interdisciplinary Studies and Bachelor’s of Science in Education-Intervention Specialist (K-12) (Mild-Moderate)

CSEA members and their family members* can earn a bachelor’s degree at a no cost for tuition, books and fees. 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 (PK-Grade 3) and Intervention Specialist (K-12) (Mild-Moderate), Business Administration, Humanities-Interdisciplinary Studies, 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 have the option to obtain your Ohio Teaching License and to complete your student teaching in California as part of the degree program. Ohio has a reciprocity agreement with California, so the teaching license should be transferable to a California Teaching Credential. Please check on the requirements needed with your local County Office of Education. 


*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. Your CSEA member ID number 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 memberbenefits@csea.com 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.

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

Member Career Grant Application

Chapter Participation Form


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 Reimbursement Subsidy 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.

Applications will be available in September and will be due February 15.


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 will be available in November and will be 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.