For a little over a year, AFT members and their families have been able to earn an associate degree with NO out-of-pocket cost as part of their union membership.
The Union Plus Free College Benefit offers working families an accessible, debt-free and convenient higher education opportunity. Members and their families can earn an associate degree online with Eastern Gateway Community College. A last-dollar scholarship covers the difference between any Federal grants and your tuition, fees and e-books at EGCC. 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.
Now, AFT members and their families can earn a bachelor’s degree online at an extremely reduced cost!
The Bachelors Degree Completion Program is available to current and retired union members and their families. All courses are 100% online and offered through Central State University (CSU), a regionally accredited public, non-profit university near Dayton, OH. An associate degree or 60 credit hours in the intended major, is required to enroll. Students must apply for federal financial aid and use any grants to pay the tuition. The Student Success Grant will be applied toward tuition, fees and books; the most you will pay in annual out-of-pocket costs is $4,500, and for many, it will be significantly less or even zero (depending on available federal grants). * E-textbooks and fees are included in the out-of-pocket maximum.
Bachelor’s degrees offered in:
· Business Administration
· Teacher Education (Pre K-5th grade)
· Additional degree programs coming soon!
Click the links below to get full details on each college benefit plan: