Financing Education

Working families know how critical education is to improving their lives. However, the ever-rising cost of college tuition and vocational/technical training can make your educational goals seem out of reach.  CSEA and the AFL-CIO offer members and their families educational assistance, including member career grants and dependent scholarships.

We also offer information on additional resources.

Since the early 1960’s, CSEA’s Scholarship Program has awarded more than a million dollars to union members and their dependents (including spouses) who want to begin or continue their secondary education.

CSEA Dependent Scholarships
$1,000 scholarships are awarded to CSEA member dependents (including spouses) based on academic achievement, character, leadership and extra curricular activities within the community. Financial need may also be taken into consideration on some. There are graduating high school senior, community college and college or vocational school scholarships.

CSEA Scholarship Applications are accepted Jan 1—March 31.
Download Application

Member Career Grants
CSEA also offers grants to members who are going to school on a part time or full time basis. $1000 grants are awarded to recipients based on financial need, goals and objectives, citizenship, and CSEA activities.

CSEA Member Grants are accepted June 1—October 31.
Applications available June 1.

Union Plus Scholarship Program
The Union Plus Scholarship Program offers cash awards ranging from $500 to $4000 to recipients based on academic ability, social awareness, financial need, and an apprecition of labor. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.

Local CSEA Chapter Programs
Many CSEA chapters offer scholarships. We recommend you ask a chapter officer if they have a program locally.


In the world of college financial aid, it’s all about the FAFSA.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a standard form that all students fill out to become eligible for federal loans and grants.
This award winning site is a comprehensive source of student financial aid information, tools, and advice.
Search scholarships and get help picking the right college for you on this free website.
Union Plus offers comprehensive online college education resources including a college planning center, test taking strategies, tips on filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), information on tax credits and deductions for higher education expenses, and so much more. They offer a wide range of discounts including 15 to 60% on college entrance test preparation, as well as discounts on Dell Computers, AT&T Wireless, and more.

Textbook Purchases
Shop at the Web’s only unionized bookstore, Powell’s Bookstore, and avoid the long lines that plague most college bookstores. Both new and used texts—from grammar to stylebooks, and dictionaries to test guides—are available at a reasonable cost. Along with saving money, you will also save valuable time by shopping at this high-tech bookstore.

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