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Earn A Bachelor’s Degree – For Free. But Hurry Up and Apply.

By AFSCME Staff ·
Tags: Benefits

Update: Due to high demand, the application deadline for the AFSCME Free Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program has been extended to June 22. And a third major has been added – criminal justice. AFSCME members and their families can earn free bachelor’s degrees from Central State University in teacher education, business administration and, now, criminal justice. Members can learn more about this limited time offer by calling 888-897-9671 or get started online at

Here’s an offer AFSCME members and their families cannot refuse. They can earn a bachelor’s degree in teacher education or business administration – for free.

In response to the health and economic uncertainty facing many AFSCME members, the AFSCME Bachelor's Degree Completion Program, in partnership with Central State University, is making it possible for students who enroll in the summer 2020 term to complete their entire degree online with no out-of-pocket cost – as long as they remain continuously enrolled. Students may enroll part time, but continuous enrollment is required. 

But students must act fast. They must enroll in the summer term to take advantage of this offer, and classes begin on May 18.

There will be no out-of-pocket cost for tuition, fees, or e-books through graduation, not just the summer term. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and go through Central State University’s aid process.

Students who are unemployed, furloughed or laid off need not worry. They and their eligible family members can still enroll in the bachelor’s completion program. AFSCME is here to help members and their families through these uncertain times. 

Members can learn more about this limited time offer by calling 888-897-9671 or get started online at

Also, students still have the option of earning a free associate degree through the AFSCME Free College program.

Students and their family members will earn the online, two-year degree from Eastern Gateway Community College at no cost. If they haven’t yet earned an associate degree, or if they are interested in programs other than what’s offered through the bachelor’s degree completion program, AFSCME Free College just might be the right fit.

AFSCME Free College offers many general education and technical courses that are transferrable to other colleges and universities, including in-demand programs such as health care administration, teacher education, programming and development, cybersecurity, advertising, human resources and accounting. Enrollment for the June 1 session is now open.

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