PEF MBP Free College Benefit


Earn Your Associate Degree or Certificate Online, for Free!

PEF Membership Benefits Program, in partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College, provides all active, dues-paying PEF members, PEF retirees, and their families, the opportunity to earn an online associate degree or certificate from an accredited college without having to pay for tuition, fees, or e-books.

Imagine what you can achieve with the PEF MBP Free College Benefit!

What is the PEF MBP Free College Benefit?

The PEF MBP Free College Benefit works as a “last-dollar scholarship,” or grant, made available through 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.

Who is Eligible?

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, siblings, and parents. Potential students’ membership in PEF, will be verified by the PEF Membership Benefits Program.

Degree & Certificate Programs Available Today:

  • 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 • Information Systems, including a Google IT Support Certificate that prepares students for entry level IT jobs • Labor Studies • Marketing • Programming & Development
  • Associate of Arts 
  • Criminal Justice
  • Teacher Education
  • Paralegal
  • Certificate Programs:
    • Patient Navigator

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.

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

  • an overview of the program,
  • information on the degree programs available today,
  • FAQs about the benefit, step-by-step process, class starts, and more,
  • and a link 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.
    • Register or sign in to apply.
    • 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.

To contact an advisor directly, sign in to the system first, and then call (888) 590-9009.

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