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Earn an Associate Degree for Free!

We’re proud to provide the opportunity for a great education to Local 534 members and your families.

Through our partnerships with the OPCMIA and Union Plus, you and your family members can earn an Associate Degree for free from Eastern Gateway Community College. There are zero out-of-pocket fees, and all credits are transferable. 

The free college benefit is available to all current and retired Local 534 members as well as their partners, children, grandchildren, and financial dependents. 

Follow the steps below to apply:

  1. Apply to Eastern Gateway Community College at
  2. Complete the FAFSA form at using school code 007275
  3. Submit proof of high school diploma or GED completion
  4. Work with an enrollment advisor to register for classes

Eligible members and family members can enroll anytime, and classes start every 8 weeks. 

For more information about Union Plus Free College, visit or call 888-590-9009.

Download the informational flyer here.