Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program

Offering a Low-Cost Bachelor’s Degree from an Accredited University

Now enrolling for summer classes, starting June 22, 2020.

Summer enrollment update and free college extension:
Students who enroll in the summer 2020 classes will complete their ENTIRE DEGREE FOR FREE until graduation, not just the summer term.¹

Central State University

Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program For Union Families

As a complement to the Union Plus Free College program, union members and their families can complete a Bachelor’s Degree online with little to no cost thanks to a partnership with Central State University (CSU).

An Associate degree or 60 credit hours in the intended major is required to enroll. Students who have earned an Associate Degree or college credit outside of their intended major, will begin with the Free College program at Eastern Gateway Community College and then, transfer into Bachelor’s Degree Completion program at CSU.

Student Success Grant Ensures Low Out-of-Pocket Costs

Students must apply for federal financial aid and use any grants to pay the tuition. They must also use any employer-sponsored tuition assistance. The Student Success Grant will be applied toward tuition, fees and books so the most full-time students will pay in annual out-of-pocket costs is $4,500 per year ($187.50 per credit). For many, it will be significantly less and for some, even zero (depending on available federal grants)*. E-textbooks and fees are included in the out-of-pocket maximum.

Central State University is Regionally Accredited

Central State University, established in 1887, is a respected, regionally accredited academic institution. A public land-grant college, CSU is governed by the Ohio Department of Higher Ed and is part of the University System of Ohio.

Bachelor’s Degrees Offered

  • Business Management
  • Teacher Education, licensure and non-licensure (PreK-5th grade)
  • Criminal Justice

Classes Begin Every Eight Weeks

  • All courses are conducted online
  • Students can take one or more courses
  • Courses are offered in both 16- and 8-week formats
  • CSU accepts as many previous credits as possible

Learn more online or call 888-897-9671
to speak to an Enrollment Advisor

How it Works

Starting on the Union Plus Bachelor's degree completion program is as easy as 1-2-3.

Go to and select the "Get Started" button. Fill out your contact and union information (for membership verification), and your program of interest.

You'll be directed to complete the Central State University (CSU) application form and the financial aid form (FAFSA).

Applicants will be contacted by an enrollment specialist to help with any questions.

*The students’ final out-of-pocket cost is based on CSU’s current tuition and fee schedule. In the event of a future tuition and/or fee rate change, advance notice will be provided.

1Students may enroll part time, but continuous enrollment is required. Students must complete the FAFSA and the financial aid process.