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Central State Global Union Partnership Program

Central State Global Union Program now available

Central State University’s online unit, Central State Global, is excited to announce our new partnership with Union Plus, the AFL-CIO's member benefits program.

The Central State Global Union Program is designed to help union members and their families complete their bachelor’s degrees while reducing out-of-pocket costs. The program provides financial aid, grants, and scholarships to eligible union members and their immediate families, starting in the summer of 2023 and replacing the Free College Benefit Program. The existing Free College Benefit Program was discontinued in May 2023.

Who can apply?

Eligibility requirements

You must be a member of a qualifying AFL-CIO union or the immediate family member of a qualifying AFL-CIO union member. Eligibility will be verified at the time of enrollment for those students receiving a Central State Global Union Grant.

  • Students must have transferable college credits from a regionally accredited institution. If the student has fewer than 30 credits, the student will need to submit an official high school transcript.

  • Grant recipients must have a cumulative grade point average of a 2.2 or higher.

Note: When completing the Central State Global admissions application form, be sure to select Global Union in the Student type field.

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What official documents are needed?

  • Union Membership Verification Form. Affiliated Union members and eligible family members must complete and submit their Union Membership Verification Form during the application process before a final application decision.
  • Official transcript. All official transcripts must be submitted directly from all your previously attended institutions to Central State University at
  • Review frequently asked questions below section for more detailed information.
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Tips for completing the program application

Make sure you are completing the application Central State Global Union Program correctly. Learn tips for completing the Central State Global Union Program application by clicking the link below. 

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Global Union application deadlines for the next available semester start dates

Fall 2023

Spring 2024

Must apply before July 15, 2023

Must apply before Oct. 31, 2023



If you still have questions about the Central State Global Union Grant, click below to watch an informational video or browse the list of FAQs. 

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FAQs list

  • Pell-eligible students will not see any changes in the program and will not have an out-of-pocket cost for tuition and most fees. The only fee Pell-eligible students must pay is a $150 processing fee at the beginning of each enrollment term, which will be an out-of-pocket expense.

  • Central State University is offering both the Central State Global Union Grant (need-based) and several merit-based scholarships based on your GPA that will help offset the cost of attendance.

  • Students will not have to pay for books.

  • The tuition rate is $295 per credit for an in-state student and $400 per credit for an out-of-state student. A total of 12-18 credit hours will be charged at a full-time rate of 12 credits, e.g., a maximum of $3,540 for in-state and $4,800 out-of-state students.

  • Yes, there will be a merit-based scholarship for students who enroll in the summer term. Students must enroll in a minimum of six credit hours to qualify. Please contact for more information.

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  • A semester is 16 weeks long. An enrollment term is offered in two 8-week sessions. Students in union programs typically enroll in eight-week sessions but can enroll in a 16-week semester.

  • Yes, loans are available to those who submit a FAFSA and qualify. If you plan to use loans, the Department of Education requires you to enroll in at least 12 credit hours per fall and spring semester or six credit hours per eight-week enrollment term.

Already applied? 

If you've already submitted your application, learn the next steps in the enrollment process. 

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