Free & Low-Cost College Degree Programs

Save Money on Your College Education

The PEF Membership Benefits Program, in partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College, Central State University, and Franklin University, provides all active, dues-paying PEF members, PEF retirees, and their families, the opportunity to save money on an associate degree, certificate degree program, and a bachelor’s degree. The degree programs are delivered online, providing convenience in terms of accessibility, flexibility, and balancing home, family, and work commitments.

Eligibility

This benefit is available to all active, dues-paying PEF members, PEF retirees, and family members including children (or step-children), grandchildren (or step-grandchildren), spouses, domestic partners, financial dependents, children-in-law, siblings, and parents. Potential students’ association to a PEF member, will be verified by the PEF Membership Benefits Program. Individuals must apply to determine eligibility.

Online Associate Degree Program

Eastern Gateway Community College, an accredited college located in Steubenville and Youngstown, Ohio, makes available a “last dollar scholarship” for an associate degree program. The “last-dollar scholarship” is intended to fill the gap between any federal, state, or employer education grants received, and the cost of tuition, fees, and e-books for certain online degree programs at Eastern Gateway Community College. Two (2) online degree program options are available.

Free Online Associate Degree or Certificate

To take advantage of this no cost educational opportunity, you must determine if you are eligible. The process requires the investment of your time to complete the application process and submit the necessary supporting documents.

Free associate degree and certificate programs include:

  • Accounting
  • Associate of Arts (general studies & transfers)
  • Business Management with a degree focus in the areas of: Advertising • Cybersecurity • Data Analytics • Digital & Social Media • Environmental & Conservation Studies • Entrepreneurship • Finance • Hospitality: Food & Beverage Management • Hospitality: Hotel/Event Management • Human Resources Management • IT Helpdesk • Labor Studies • Marketing • Operations & Logistics • Programming & Development • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Criminal Justice
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Teacher Education (Associate of Arts)
  • Paralegal
  • Professional Office Management
  • Social Work
  • Certificate Programs:
    • Patient Health Navigator
    • Business Management

Program OverviewAbout Degree Programs

To get started, click the get started link below, or call (888) 590-9009.

Get Started

Discounted Online Associate Degree or Certificate (Content Fees Apply)

To take advantage of this discounted educational opportunity (course is offered at no cost, but content fees for e-books, etc., may apply), you must determine if you are eligible. The process requires the investment of your time to complete the application process and submit the necessary supporting documents.

Discounted programs available today:

  • Fire Science
  • Health Information Management
  • Information Technology
  • Medical Coding Specialist
  • Medical Scribe Specialist

Program OverviewAbout Degree ProgramsCourse Flyer

To get started, click the get started link below, or call (888) 590-9009.

Get Started

Low-Cost, Online Bachelor’s Degree Program

The PEF MBP Free College Benefit offers a low-cost, bachelor’s degree available through accredited colleges, Central State University and Franklin University. You must have earned an associate degree or have earned 60 or more credits in the chosen field of study, to be eligible to participate in courses through Central State University and Franklin University. If eligible, students receive a Student Success Grant that will reduce their out-of-pocket cost to no more than $4,500 per year, for full-time students ($4,000 for in-state students). Depending on federal or employer grants available, many students may pay much less, or even zero out-of-pocket.

To determine if you are eligible for this program and the Student Success Grant, you must complete the application process and submit the necessary supporting documents.

Bachelor’s degree programs available today:

  • Business Administration Degree
  • Criminal Justice Degree
  • Interdisciplinary Studies—Humanities
  • Teacher Education Degree

Program OverviewAbout Degree Programs

To get started, click on the get started link below, or call an advisor at (888) 897-9671.

Get Started

Learn More About These Programs

Visit our PEF MBP Free Education Benefits promotional website to learn more about this exciting opportunity for you and your family members, including:

  • FAQs about the benefit, step-by-step process, and class starts.
  • Using the “Get Started” link (specific to each program) to get you started with this great education opportunity. You will need to have your PEF Membership Identification Number (MIN) handy to access the “Get Started” information and process.
  • How to register or sign in to apply.
  • For the associate degree or certificate, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit any required verification. Any grant award must be applied to tuition, fees, and e-book charges.
    • Agree to use any employer-provided educational assistance.
    • Verify high school or GED completion by having official transcripts sent to Eastern Gateway Community College.
  • For the bachelor’s degree, applicants who have earned an associate degree or have earned 60 or more credits in the chosen field of study can apply to participate in online courses available through Central State University. All required documents must be submitted to be considered.

About The Partnering Colleges

Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC): One of the fastest growing community colleges in the country. It is a public, open-access college and part of the University System of Ohio, governed by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the accreditor of most public and private institutions in the Midwest. EGCC is a national Achieving the Dream College, an American Association of Community Colleges School of Excellence, and is recognized nationally for its efforts to prepare a diverse student population for career services.

Central State University (CSU): Located in Wilberforce, OH, is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, an institution accrediting agency recognized by the the U.S. Dept. of Education. This federally recognized body provides assurance to students, parents, and all stakeholders that CSU meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance. CSU’s Business Program is also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation, and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs recognizes CSU’s Business Management Program.

Franklin University: Franklin University was founded in 1902 in Columbus, OH, Franklin University has become a leader in helping busy adult learners earn a college degree conveniently. Franklin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is part of the University System of Ohio.

Brochure

Take advantage of the PEF MBP Free College Benefit and put a college degree within your reach!