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UFCW Discount College Program

Whether you’re looking for affordable degree options for your family members or want to continue your own education, the UFCW Discount College Program gives you an affordable and flexible path to earning your degree. All classes are online and you can attend part-time or full-time based on your availability!

“What happened to the Free College Program?”

After a legal battle spanning nearly a year, the U.S. Department of Education put an end to the last-dollar scholarship formerly known as the “Free College Benefit” program.

That being said, the UFCW Discount College Program replaces the previously existing “Free College Benefit,” and expands UFCW members’ access to a broader selection of participating colleges as well as degree programs spanning from certificates and associate to bachelor’s degrees! We will also be introducing master’s degrees as a new addition to the program, providing even more opportunities for our participants.

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How The Program Works

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union has partnered with EBS Union College Benefit and EDVANCE to facilitate your selection and admissions process.

Each partner offers UFCW members and their families exclusive discounted tuition rates ranging from 30% to 50% at participating colleges. Prospective students can work directly with school administrators to apply for additional federal financial assistance, which could cover their remaining tuition costs.

Our partners will also help you narrow down what school is the best fit for you, evaluate any existing transcripts to determine if earned credits can be applied to your new degree, and offer other support services as you move forward with your education!

Who can take advantage of this benefit?

All active UFCW Local 152 members who are paying dues and in good standing

Retired UFCW Local 152 members

Immediate family: children (or stepchildren), spouses, domestic partners, and financial dependents of UFCW members

Extended family: parents/in-laws, grandchildren (or step-grandchildren), aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews

Getting Started

Review the selection of schools each partner offers below and then select your preferred partner.

Note: You can register with both to see the full selection of schools and programs that are available. 

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  • Rowan University
  • Rowan Global Learning and Partnerships
  • Pierce College
  • Houston Christian University
  • Trine University
  • William Woods University
  • Herzing University
  • Southeastern University
  • Cambridge College