Free College Benefit

UFCW has secured an exciting member benefit that allows you and your family to earn an Associate Degree from Eastern Gateway Community College with no out of pocket costs to you. Your union has negotiated a “last dollar scholarship” that will cover tuition and fees for EGCC’s online programs. The scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by Pell grants or employer sponsored tuition assistance.

Eastern Gateway Community College, part of the University System of Ohio, is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. They are an open access college offering online programs and courses in the following areas:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Business Management
  • Accounting
  • Patient Home Navigator Certification
  • Paralegal

There is a national trend of students choosing to begin their higher education careers with a community college and transferring from there to a bachelor degree program. Many colleges in Ohio and across the country recognize associate’s degrees as the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Eastern Gateway’s advisors look forward to helping you meet your educational goals!

The Free College Benefit is a last dollar scholarship. That means in order for it to work for as many people as possible, and for the Benefit to strengthen and grow, we need to ensure that students’ grants are applied to the tuition and fees. The grants are only awarded by the federal government based on the information you provide in your FAFSA.

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