OPEIU is pleased to offer the newest union benefit for all OPEIU members — the OPEIU Free College Benefit. Just as the name implies, OPEIU members and their families can now earn an associate degree completely free of charge.
With all the expenses that working families have to deal with these days, it’s good to know that meeting the costs of rising tuition and textbooks doesn’t have to be one of them. If you have children graduating from high school who are hoping to attend college or are looking for a way to advance your own career, the OPEIU Free College Benefit is here to help. Every OPEIU member or retired member, as well as spouses, children, grandchildren and dependents of OPEIU members, can earn a two-year degree online for free. You read that right — free college just for being an OPEIU member in good standing.
OPEIU has partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College to provide all members and their families access to their classes online. Eastern Gateway is an accredited, non-profit public institution with campuses serving eastern Ohio, but OPEIU members and their families can enroll in the distance learning program from anywhere in the country and earn a participating online associate degree and certificates with absolutely no out-of-pocket costs for tuition, fees or e-books.
For 2021, students will have the opportunity to enroll in associate degree programs in:
- General Studies
- Business Management
- With focus areas in Information Systems, Labor Studies, Marketing, Advertising, and more!
- Criminal Justice
- Teacher Education
- Professional Office Management
As demand increases, OPEIU will continue to look for additional programs that will meet the needs of our members.
Eastern Gateway is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the largest of our country's regional accreditors. That fact should make the transfer of academic credit earned at Gateway to other accredited two-year or four-year institutions fairly straightforward. Thousands of EGCC students from all 50 states have already transferred to schools all over the country.
Following are the start dates for the 2021 academic year. Students can enroll up to the start date of classes.
EGCC upcoming 2022 start dates
SPRING 1: 1/10/22
SPRING 2: 1/24/22
SPRING 3: 3/28/22
Central State upcoming 2022 start dates
SPRING A: 1/17/22
SPRING B: 3/14/22
Canadian members, please contact online@EGCCFreeCollege.org
for assistance. Please put OPEIU Canadian Free College in the subject line.
We encourage you to take advantage of this valuable new OPEIU membership benefit. It pays to belong to your union.