Free College Benefit

Save Money on Your College Education

The PEF Membership Benefits Program, in partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College  and Central State 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.

Earn Your Associate Degree or Certificate Online for Free

The PEF MBP Free College Benefit for an associate degree or certificate works as a “last-dollar scholarship,” or grant, made available through an accredited college, Eastern Gateway Community College, located in Steubenville and Youngstown, Ohio. 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. To take advantage of this benefit, requires an investment of your time and attention to determine the amount of the scholarship available to you.

To determine if you are eligible for this program at no out-of-pocket cost to you, you must complete the application process and submit the necessary supporting documents.

Current associate degree and certificate programs include:

  • Business Management with a degree focus in the areas of: Advertising • Cyber Security • Data Science • Digital & Social Media • Entrepreneurship • Finance • Healthcare Management • Hospitality: Food & Beverage Management • Hospitality: Hotel & Event Management • Human Resources Management• Information Systems • Labor Studies • Marketing • Programming & Development
  • Associate of Arts
  • Criminal Justice
  • Teacher Education
  • Paralegal
  • Certificate Programs:
    • Patient Navigator

Program Overview
About Degree Programs

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

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Earn Your Associate Degree or Certificate Online (Content Fees Apply)

The PEF MBP Free College Benefit for a discounted associate degree or certificate works as a “last-dollar scholarship,” or grant, made available through an accredited college, Eastern Gateway Community College, located in Steubenville and Youngstown, Ohio. The “last-dollar scholarship” is intended to fill the gap between any 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. To take advantage of this benefit, requires an investment of your time and attention to determine the amount of the scholarship available to you.

To determine if you are eligible for this program at no out-of-pocket cost to you, you must complete the application process and submit the necessary supporting documents. If eligible, the course itself is free. Content fees may apply and eligible students may simply need to cover the cost of their books/content.

Discounted programs available today:

  • Medical Coding
  • Medical Scribe
  • Health Information Management
  • Information Technology
  • Fire Science
  • Central Service Technicians

Program Overview
About Degree Programs
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To get started, click the get started link below, or call (888) 590-9009.

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Earn a Low-Cost Bachelor’s Degree and Save!

The PEF MBP Free College Benefit offers a low-cost bachelor’s degree available through an accredited college, Central State 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. If eligible, students will 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:

  • Teacher Education Degree
  • Business Administration Degree
  • Criminal Justice Degree

Program Overview
About Degree Programs

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

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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,
  • A “Get Started” link specific to each program, to get you started with this great education opportunity.ou will need to have your PEF Membership Identification Number (MIN) handy to access the “Get Started” information and process.
  • 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 Our Partner–Eastern Gateway Community College

Eastern Gateway Community College is 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. EGCC is committed to innovation and increasing quality educational opportunities for students all across the country. They are also transfer-friendly, which means they strive to accept previous college credits students may have earned elsewhere, and credits you can earn at EGCC can transfer to other schools, potentially saving you thousands of dollars. The staff of EGCC is union represented by the Ohio Education Association.

The Free College Benefit program started successfully with unions in Ohio. The demand from members was so great that more unions wanted to provide the benefit to their union members and their families, including PEF MBP. Today, only half of Americans who begin college will be able to finish, largely due to financial and work/life barriers. With this benefit, unions have found a way to help members and their families begin to alleviate this worry.

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