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Students interested in enrolling at EGCC should work with EGCC to determine their enrollment options and be sure they fully understand potential future enrollment status and financial liability. EGCC is responsible for determining whether the Free College Benefit program is Title IV compliant.

Imagine What You Can Achieve with


The Free College Benefit makes it possible for you and your family members to earn an associate degree completely online – for FREE.


New!  Short Term Certificate Options with the Business Management Degree! 

Cyber Security • Programming and Development • Digital and Social Media • Data Analytics • Project Management • Operations and Logistics • Human Resources • IT Help Desk • Labor Studies and more!

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Looking to get your associate degree for FREE? Union members and their family members are eligible for many FREE degree programs

Take your skills to the next level with a discounted associate degree or certificate for pennies on the dollar. This includes Medical Coding and Information Technology.

Why Get Your Degree?

A Degree Makes A Difference


Online classes let you balance life’s demands, making it possible to go back to school while you continue to work.


You can choose either 8 weeks or 16-week classes, and 24/7 access means you can work on assignments any time of day, anytime during the week!


Graduate from a respected, regionally accredited academic institution. EGCC is governed by the Ohio Department of Higher Ed and is part of the University System of Ohio.


EGCC is transfer-friendly. They strive to ensure you get as much credit as possible toward your degree for previous work. And the credits and degree you earn at EGCC are transferable to colleges all over the country.

Eastern Gateway Community College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, so credits you earn are transferable. Over half of all college students choose community college to begin their higher education and they provide students with a solid foundation to continue their education.

You won’t pay any out-of-pocket costs for tuition fees or e-books. To be eligible, students must simply apply for federal financial aid and apply any grants or tuition reimbursement to their EGCC bill. The Free College benefit will cover the rest- even if you aren’t eligible for any other aid!

EGCC will work with you to ensure that any previous college work or relevant work or military experience counts toward your degree.

Summer 2023 Enrollment is Currently open to New Applicants

Please fill out the inquiry form if you have never enrolled in the Free College Benefit and would like information on future terms and updates as they are available.


A Letter From Steven Murphy

While college debt continues to challenge this country, IBEW Local 2323 is proud to announce a new Free College Benefit for all IBEW Local 2323 members and their families. As you know, IBEW Local 2323 has always supported education for our members. This new initiative affords us the opportunity to provide it to our family members, as well. Today, we are introducing a way for IBEW Local 2323 members and their families to work towards obtaining a college degree for free.

We have partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College to offer this excellent opportunity. Eastern Gateway Community College is a public, non-profit, regionally accredited school that offers working men and women a path towards obtaining an Associate’s Degree in a variety of available programs.

All course work is done on-line and there is no out of pocket cost to you for tuition, fees or books. The IBEW Local 2323 Free College Benefit combines Pell, federal grants with employer reimbursement, then covers any remaining costs for your tuition, fees and online books. All students must complete the federal financial aid application, but even if you are not eligible for any federal or employer grants, there is absolutely no cost to the member and you will never be asked to take out any loans. The best of all is that the IBEW Local 2323 Free College Benefit is available to you, your spouse, your children, including dependents and your grandchildren.

Over half of all college students choose community college to begin their higher education. The courses offered are regionally accredited, transferable and the college will work with you to ensure that any previous college work, relevant work, or military experience counts towards your degree.

A very important aspect of this benefit is the support you will receive. When you call, you are assigned a staff member who will guide you through the process of applying and assist you in signing up for your course. Everyone at Eastern Gateway Community College is focused on helping IBEW Local 2323 members to achieve their personal education goals on your schedule and at your own pace.

We encourage you to take advantage of this exciting new benefit.


Steven Murphy
Business Manager/Financial Secretary
IBEW Local 2323

The Free College Benefit

With the Free College Benefit, you and your family members can earn an associate degree online from a public, accredited community college – with no out-of-pocket costs to you. This can save you thousands of dollars. And the process is simple.




The Free College Benefit covers any amount for tuition, fees or books that is not covered by Federal or Employer education grants.

Family of members are defined as children (or stepchildren), grandchildren (or step-grandchildren), spouses, domestic partners, and financial dependents.


Your dream of going back to school can become a reality. It all starts with the decision to take action.

It's as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Apply to Eastern Gateway. (Click Here)

2.  Complete your 2021/2022 FAFSA. (Click Here)

3. Provide proof of High School graduation or GED completion. Acceptable proof includes official or unofficial High School/GED transcripts OR a copy of your diploma OR official college transcript showing Associate Degree or higher. (Click Here)