UPDATED! FREE bachelor’s degree extended through June 22

Posted May 1, 2020 by

OCSEA’s partner in Free College has expanded their Free College offering to Central State University’s (CSU) bachelor’s degree for members and family members who enroll for the May 18 OR June 22 summer sessions. Go here to learn about the new Criminal Justice bachelor's program starting June 22.

With so many members and families sheltering in place, the number of applicants for Free College has shot up, and now Central State will allow those who continuously enroll for a Bachelor’s degree beginning May 18 through June 22 to receive grants for the entire 2-years of their bachelor’s degree.

The key is family members and members MUST enroll in CSU for either the May 18 or June 22 summer sessions. All students who begin or continue their academic program during these two summer terms are eligible for a last-dollar scholarship, which allows students to complete their degree (through graduation) with no out-of-pocket cost for tuition, fees, or e-books.

OCSEA members must use their Union Education Trust to enroll, but family members or non-UET eligible members who previously were charged a discounted tuition rate will apply for federal aid and then will receive a union grant to cover the rest of tuition under this arrangement.

To be eligible to enroll for their bachelor’s degree, members and family members must already have an Associate’s degree or 60 credit hours towards a Bachelor’s degree. This is for OCSEA members and their families ONLY.

To start the process, go to and click on Central State University and fill out the interest form.