What is it?
The Higher Education benefit offers OAPFF members, retirees and their families (spouses, children, dependents, grandchildren) a way to earn an Associate Degree from Eastern Gateway Community College without having to pay any money out of your own pocket.
In order to qualify, students must go online and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Based on the information provided, the colleges determine the amount of scholarship they will award—this is called a “last dollar scholarship”.
The Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees and books—after any available grants or tuition reimbursement is applied to your bill. Even if it’s determined that you are not eligible for federal, state, or employer financial aid, the last dollar scholarship still picks up the total cost of the student’s tuition and fees.