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Free College Benefit

What Is The Free College Benefit?

The Free College Benefit is an investment in you and your future. With the Free College Benefit, union members and their families do not have to pay out of pocket for any tuition, fees, or e-books to earn select degrees and certificates at Eastern Gateway Community College and other participating colleges resulting in cost savings of thousands of dollars!

The benefit works as a “last-dollar scholarship,” or grant or waiver, that is intended to fill the gap between any federal, state, or employer education grants you receive and the cost of tuition, fees, and e-books for certain online degree programs at Eastern Gateway Community College (and other partner colleges). It does require an investment of your time and attention!


Who is Eligible, are My Family Members Eligible?

The following are eligible:
Dues-paying labor union members of participating unions
Unemployed, furloughed, laid-off union members
Retired union members
Widows/widowers of union members
Spouses and domestic partners of union members
Children of union members, including stepchildren and children-in-law (no age limits)
Grandchildren of union members
Financial dependents of union members
Siblings of union members
Parents of union members


Is This For Real?

It is for real and a valuable benefit for union members and their families! Thousands of students have taken advantage of this great opportunity since Fall 2015.


Tell Me About Eastern Gateway Community College.

Eastern Gateway Community College is a public, open-access college with campuses in Steubenville and Youngstown, OH. The college is part of the University System of Ohio and governed by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. EGCC is committed to innovation and increasing quality educational opportunities for students all across the country. The faculty and staff of EGCC is union-represented by the Ohio Education Association.


Which Programs Are Offered Through The Scholarship Program?

For detailed program information, please visit www.egcc.edu


Associate Degree and Certificate Programs offered through Free College:
Associate of Arts
Criminal Justice
Teacher Education Degree
Patient Home Navigator
Professional Office Management
Business Management Degree
Focus options include:
Cyber Security
Data Science
Digital and Social Media
Healthcare Management
Hospitality: Food and Beverage Management
Hospitality: Hotel and Event Management
Human Resources Management
Information Systems
Labor Studies
Programming & Development


What Do I Do Next?

Submit an inquiry form online by clicking here and begin the application process. You may also call 888-590-9009 to talk to an admission counselor, or email online@FreeCollegeBenefit.org.