Free College Benefit For You & Your Entire Family

The Eastern Gateway Community College Free College Benefit offers working families and accessible, debt-free and convenient higher education opportunity. Broward County PBA members and their spouses, children, financial dependents and grandchildren can all take advantage of this exciting opportunity.

Classes are online, which is ideal for busy adults. If you have to interrupt your studies because of a busy week at work, you can pick up where you left off with no penalties. Study anytime, anywhere, at your pace.

Zero Out-Of-Pocket Cost

Broward County PBA members and their families can earn an Associate’s Degree online, with no out-of-pocket costs. A last dollar scholarship covers the difference between any Federal grants and your tuition, fees and e-books at Eastern Gateway Community College.

EGCC Credits Are Transferable

Eastern Gateway Community College is a public, non-profit school in the University System of Ohio and is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Credits you earn can transfer to other schools, potentially saving you thousands of dollars.

Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program

This program is available to current and retired Broward County PBA members, 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.

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.

Central State University Is Regionally Accredited

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