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Everything you Need to Know About Union Plus Free College

Union Plus Free College, brought to you in partnership with AFSCME, is designed to help working adults and their families afford a college education without piling on thousands of dollars in student debt. With both full and part-time enrollment options — and new classes starting every five weeks, now's the time to learn about (and enroll in) Free College. We've answered some of the most common questions to get you started.


Is it really free?

Yes! Over $50,000,000 has been awarded to more than 20,000 students in all 50 states since 2015.

Who can get Free College?

Dues paying union members, active retirees and their families — children, grandchildren, spouses and domestic partners, parents, siblings, and financial dependents. The family member doesn’t have to live with you and there’s no limit to the number of family members who can earn a degree.

How does it work?

Union Plus Free College is a last dollar scholarship program, which means students must apply for and use any federal financial aid. The scholarship will make up the difference between the two. There is no minimum or maximum income requirement and no need for any loans.

Does my union pay for this?

No. Your union membership qualifies you and your family for the scholarship, but no union dues are used for the scholarship.

Will my credits transfer?

Credits earned at Eastern Gateway Community College, a public, regionally accredited college that is part of the University System of Ohio, are transferable. In fact, our students have transferred to nearly 1,000 public and private colleges and universities all across the country.

When can I start?

EGCC starts classes every 5 weeks. Start the process today by completing your online inquiry form. We’ll help you with every step of the process! Call 888-590-9009 or Get Started Online

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