The UFCW Free College Benefit, in partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC), allows for UFCW members and their families to earn an associate degree online through Eastern Gateway Community College. You can complete your degree online from anywhere and access your courses at any time of the day.
Students must complete an average of 60 credits (depending on the program) for each of EGCC’s degree programs. However, students participating through the UFCW Higher Education Benefit are not required to attend full time and can take only 1 class per term.
*Depending on the number of credits taken per semester, and the number of any previous credits earned and transferred, 60 credits usually take a full-time student 2 years to complete.
One beneficiary of this Free College Benefit is LaTrice Duncan who received her degree in May of 2019 after completing the program. Check out her story below!
“So many people feel hopeless at the thought of not being able to afford a college education, and many give up looking for sources of assistance. What UFCW Local 1994 has done for me is beyond comprehensible. Not only did they provide me with a first-class education, but I am graduated debt free. My educational pursuits would not be possible without the generous benefit that UFCW afforded me. For someone like myself that never thought a quality education was in reach, they extended a hand that allowed me to reach further than I could ever had dreamed about.”
This program is currently enrolling for summer classes starting October 25, 2021.
The UFCW Free College Benefit is currently offering the following programs:
- New! Health Services
- Social Work
- Associate of Arts (General Studies and Transfer)
- Criminal Justice
- Teacher Education Degree (Associate of Arts)
- Patient Health Navigator
- Healthcare Administration
- Professional Office Management Degree
- Business Management Degree
- And More!
If you want to consider returning to school to get a degree but need assistance in applying, please contact the UFCW Free College program so we may assist you step-by-step and answer any questions you might have.