UA Free College Benefit

Free college for union members and their families

Free associate degree for you and your family

Earn your degree for free online. The Free College Benefit helps union families continue their college education without piling on thousands of dollars in student debt.

Free College

Union Plus Free College offers working families a debt-free and convenient higher education opportunity. Current and retired union members, their spouses, domestic partners, children (including stepchildren and children-in-law), financial dependents, grandchildren, siblings and parents can all take advantage of this exciting opportunity!

Family members do NOT need to be financial dependents or living with the member to be eligible.

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Zero out-of-pocket costs

Union members and their families can earn an
Associate Degree online, with no out-of-pocket
costs. A last-dollar scholarship covers the difference
between any federal grants and your tuition, fees
and e-books at Eastern Gateway Community
College (EGCC).

Eastern Gateway credits are transferable

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. Credits you earn can transfer to other schools, saving you as much as $15,000 on your education!

APPLY to Eastern Gateway. Go to and select the Get Started Today button.

COMPLETE the FAFSA. Complete the form online at (school code: 007275)

SUBMIT proof of high school graduation or GED completion

ENROLL in classes. Work with an enrollment advisor to register for classes.