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College Degree for No Out-of-Pocket Cost


UnionPlus and Eastern Gateway offer college opportunity

Eastern Gateway Community College is offering members of IATSE Local 479 the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree with NO out-of-pocket costs. This degree program has been brought to Local 479 by UnionPlus, an affiliate of the AFLCIO, and applies to both members and their families. An Associate Degree can lead to immediate employment opportunities and lay the groundwork toward future higher education goals.

Fall semester at Eastern Gateway Community College begins on August 15th (that’s next week!!) so don’t delay.

Download the UnionPlus flier today [230kb PDF]


Additional information about this education opportunity:

Free College Benefit for You and Your Family

The Union Plus Free College Benefit offers working families an accessible, debt-free and convenient higher education opportunity. You, your spouse, children, financial dependents and grandchildren, can all take advantage of this exciting opportunity.


Zero Out-of-Pocket Cost

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, potentially saving you thousands of dollars.


Step 1) Apply to Eastern Gateway

Go to unionplusfreecollege.org, select the “Get Started” button and complete the request information form with your contact and union information (for membership verification).


Step 2) Complete the Free FAFSA

Complete the form online at FAFSA.ed.gov

Eastern Gateway Community College’s school code is 007275

The FAFSA application is a requirement. If it is determined that you are not eligible for federal or state financial aid, a “last- dollar” scholarship will be applied to your remaining balance for tuition, fees and e-books. Your FAFSA may be chosen for additional verification by the Department of Education.

Compliance is required to receive the scholarship.

Your enrollment advisor can help you with the process.


Step 3) Submit Your Transcripts

Submit your high school transcript or GED test score as proof of high school completion.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the school to:



[email protected] (Subject: UnionPlus)



EGCC Admissions
Attn: UnionPlus
101 Federal Plaza East
Youngstown, OH 44503



1 (330) 480-0817 (Attn: UnionPlus)


If you have completed any college coursework, have the transcript sent to EGCC. Applicable college credits will be transferred to the new program.


Step 4) Enroll in Classes

Work with an enrollment advisor to enroll in classes.


Get Started Today

1 (888) 590-9009




The Higher Education Benefit covers the cost of tuition, fees and books after any PELL or other federal grant, or employer reimbursement is applied. The remaining amount will be cleared with the Free College scholarship. As long as your financial aid file is complete, there is no cost to the student and students are never asked to take out any loans.