The New OPEIU Free College Benefit

OPEIU is pleased to introduce the newest union benefit for all OPEIU members  Just as the name implies, OPEIU members and their families can now earn an associate degree completely free of charge.

With all the expenses working families have to deal with these days, it’s good to know that meeting the costs of rising tuition and textbooks doesn’t have to be one of them. If you have children graduating from high school and planning to attend college or you are looking for a way to advance your own career, the OPEIU Free College Benefit is here to help. Beginning this summer, every member or retired member, as well as spouses, children, grandchildren and dependents of OPEIU members, can earn a two-year degree online for free. You read that right – free college just for being an OPEIU member in good standing.


OPEIU has partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College to provide all members and their families access to their classes online. Eastern Gateway is an accredited, non-profit public institution with campuses serving eastern Ohio. But OPEIU members and their families can enroll in the distance learning program from anywhere in the country and earn a participating online associate degree and certificates with absolutely no out-of-pocket costs for tuition, fees or e-books.


For Fall 2017, students will have the opportunity to enroll in associate degree programs in general studies, healthcare, business management, criminal justice, paralegal and early childhood education. As demand increases, OPEIU will continue to look for additional programs to meet the needs of our members.
For those intending to transfer credits to a four-year college, credits earned at Eastern Gateway are accredited by the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), making transferring to a state or public college less complicated. Before enrolling in a private college or university, we recommend you first contact the private school regarding transferring credits.


The Fall 2017 semester begins August 21, with enrollment endingAugust 18. Complete information and enrollment details are available at or by calling 888-590-9009. Attached is also a flyer for distribution to your members. We ask that you to share this information with your members and encourage them to take advantage of this valuable new OPEIU membership benefit.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at 212-675-3210. Thank you.




Nicole Korkolis

Director of Communication, Education and Research


80 Eighth Avenue

20th Floor

New York, NY  10011

Office: 212-675-3210

Fax: 212-727-3466

Cell: 917-207-1705