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Advantages Extend Past the Field

At work, you benefit from the security of a negotiated union contract. Thanks to your BRS membership, at home Union Plus® advantages give you and your family amplified buying leverage in the consumer space.

Taking into account the financial savings from Union Plus benefits, being part of a union becomes an even smarter financial decision.

None of the union dues are utilized to provide these benefits.


Union Plus College Program 

Central State University 

Central State University (CSU), recently announced a reduction in tuition rates starting with the Spring 2024 semester. This change will make CSU more affordable for union students and make it easier for students to calculate their out-of-pocket expenses. Union students enrolled in the CSU Global Union Partnership program will be charged the following new rates: $250/credit hour for both in-state and out-of-state students. The prior tuition rate was $295/credit hour, in-state (Ohio) and $400/credit hour, out-of-state. The program will continue to offer books at no cost and a sole $150 per semester processing fee. 

Pell Grant-eligible students will see no change in the program and their out-of-pocket cost will remain only the $150 per semester processing fee. Tuition, other fees, and books (up to 18 hours per semester) will be free through a combination of the Pell Grant and a Central State Global Grant. Non-Pell Grant-eligible students will have an out-of-pocket payment based on their credit load. This new lower tuition rate will replace the merit-based institutional aid (the GPA-based scholarships) that CSU offered to help lower the out-of-pocket expenses for non-Pell Grant-eligible union students. With the implementation of these changes, current non-Pell Grant-eligible students will not see any increase in out-of-pocket expenses and for some it will mean a reduction in expenses. 

Empire State University

Students interested in learning more about Empire State can register for live virtual information sessions at: sunyempire.edu/admissions/information-sessions

Learn more about Empire State’s program with Union Plus at: sunyempire.edu/union-plus


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