The Free Bachelor’s Degree Program is available to current and retired members of the Broward County PBA, their spouses, domestic partners, children (including stepchildren and children-in-law), financial dependents and grandchildren. Family members do NOT need to be financial dependents or living with the member to be eligible. All courses are 100% online.

An Associate’s degree or 60 or more transferable college credits are required to enroll. Students who have not yet earned an Associate’s degree or are just getting started in higher education can begin with the Free College program at Eastern Gateway Community College and then transfer into the Bachelor’s Degree Completion program at Central State University.

Central State University Is Regionally Accredited

The Broward County PBA has partnered with Central State University (CSU), a regionally accredited public, non-profit university near Dayton, Ohio. Credits you earn can transfer to other schools.

Zero Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Broward County PBA members and their families can earn a Bachelor’s degree online with no out-of-pocket costs. Students must apply for federal financial aid and use any grants to pay the tuition. Students must also use any employer-sponsored tuition assistance. The Student Success Grant covers the difference between any federal grants and employer assistance and your tuition, fees and e-books at Central State University.

Business Administration
Teacher Education – Licensure and non-licensure (PreK-5th grade)
Criminal Justice
Interdisciplinary Studies – Humanities
Additional degree programs coming soon*

Students may enroll part time, but continuous enrollment is required. Students must complete the FAFSA and any required verification.
*For additional degree programs, there may be required fees.

Submit the federal FAFSA® form to apply for additional financial aid. Any federal grants you receive will be applied to your tuition and fees and textbooks first; the Student Success Grant will cover the rest.
CSU FAFSA Code: 003026

Apply for admission to Central State University by clicking on the link below and creating a login account. You can also call a CSU Enrollment Advisor with any questions at 888-897-9671.


Submit their official college transcripts (and high school/GED if less than an Associate’s degree) to:
Central State University
Admissions Processing Center
P.O. Box 547
Wilberforce, OH 45384

Broward County PBA members and their family interested in the Free Bachelor’s Program will work with a CSU enrollment advisor to guide them through this process.