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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

Listed here are helpful answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding AFSCME's Free College benefit and our current online program offerings. For more information or additional support, call us at 888-305-5534.


What is AFSCME's free education benefit?


AFSCME has secured an exciting member benefit that allows you and your family to continue your education. You can now earn an associate degree online from Eastern Gateway Community College with no out-of-pocket costs. That's because AFSCME has negotiated a "last dollar scholarship" that will cover tuition and fees for EGCC's participating online programs. More specifically, eligible AFSCME members and their families will receive these last dollar scholarships after federal, state, or employer grants are applied. And don't worry: Even if it's determined that you are not eligible for federal, state, or employer financial aid, AFSCME's last dollar scholarship has you covered. It will still be applied to your remaining balance for tuition and fees.


How does AFSCME's free education benefit work?


The AFSCME Free College benefit combines Pell grants and employer reimbursements with AFSCME's "last dollar scholarship." Together, these funds cover your full tuition amount for participating degree programs. It's important to note that the amount awarded from each category (government-based grants and employer reimbursements) is unique to each person.


Who's eligible for AFSCME's free education benefit?


AFSCME's Free College offer applies to AFSCME members, family of AFSCME members, and retirees. Family of AFSCME members are defined as children (or stepchildren), grandchildren (or step-grandchildren), spouses, domestic partners, and financial dependents.


How do you confirm your eligibility for AFSCME's free education benefit?


It's easy to confirm your eligibility. And we're here to help. Simply contact us before you apply to Eastern Gateway so we can confirm you are an AFSCME member or an eligible relative.


What do you need to do to get started?


It's a simple, three-step process. If you qualify for the AFSCME Free College benefit and want to enroll in an online program, you will need to:

  • Complete and submit the FAFSA form.
  • Apply for tuition reimbursement from your current employer.
  • Use the AFSCME scholarship to cover any remaining costs.

It's important to note that completing these steps in the right order is important. AFSCME's "last dollar scholarship" will cover the remaining costs after any federal or state grants and employer reimbursements are applied.


What is FAFSA, and how does it apply to you?


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the form that current and prospective college students fill out to apply for federal grants, loans, and work-study funds. To take advantage of AFSCME's education benefit, simply fill out the FAFSA form and have your results sent to Eastern Gateway Community College. Don't worry: You do not need to take out any loans. The grants you receive will be applied to your tuition, fees, and textbooks. The AFSCME scholarship will cover the rest.


What if you aren't eligible for federal, state, or employer financial aid?


We've got you covered. If it's determined that you are not eligible for federal, state, or employer financial aid, AFSCME's "last dollar scholarship" will still be applied to your remaining balance for tuition and fees. The cost of the books is included in the fees, so students will have no costs other than equipment (computers, software, etc.).


Will more online degree program offerings be added?


Yes, our program offerings will expand. Our ultimate goal is to provide you with a broad range of degrees from which to choose. We'll always update you regarding the latest program offerings. After all, the next program we add might be the one you start.


How does an online program work?


Online programs are incredibly student centered. Online classes function as virtual learning communities in which you can interact with and learn from your professors and fellow students. Course material is delivered through an easy-to-use learning management system that utilizes a number of multimedia tools. You will have access to resources like narrated presentations, interactive student-faculty discussion boards, downloadable reading materials, video lectures, and real-time chat sessions that connect you with your professors and fellow students. As long as you have a computer and an Internet connection, you can access your course content anytime, anywhere.


Can you continue to work full time while completing an online program?


Absolutely. Eastern Gateway's online degree programs are delivered 100% online and allow you to complete your weekly assignments according to your schedule. The flexibility of an online program allows you to successfully balance your current work and family life.


Is the online curriculum the same as the on-campus program?


Yes. Each of the online programs we offer is designed to mirror traditional on-campus programs. While the delivery method changes for each, the core curriculum remains the same. Faculty members are also the same professionals who teach on campus, so you can take pride in the fact that you are receiving the same high-quality education as those in a face-to-face classroom setting.


When you graduate, what will your diploma read?


While the program you're in will solely use an online learning environment, your diploma will not include the word "online." Instead, your diploma will reflect the formal name of your degree program. For example, if you're graduating from an online associate degree in business, your diploma will read "Associate of Arts in Business."


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Being an AFSCME member doesn’t only get you an advantage at the bargaining table – it also gets you bargains with AFSCME Advantage.

Scholarships »Several scholarship programs are available for AFSCME members and their children. Select an individual scholarship for information on requirements and deadlines


Click here for information on the AFSCME Union Plus Scholarship and how to apply

Click on the DISTRICT FINDER to find your representatives. Click on the blue link ("District Finder") and on the page that opens, enter your address or zipcode. This will provide a list of your district Representatives. Click on each Representative's name and it will open up their Bio page with their phone number and e-mail address. Write and call each of your representatives and tell them that you are a State employee and you don't deserve to have your pay and benefits taken away to line the pockets of the rich corporate executives.



Speak truth to lies

Myth: Public employees are overpaid. In fact, AFSCME Council 5 members earn $38,000 a year on average. Most of us are struggling paycheck to paycheck with frozen wages, just like the average Minnesota worker who earns $42,000.

Myth: Public employees earn more than private-sector employees. In fact, public workers in Minnesota earn 4 percent less than our counterparts in the private sector, when matched by education and experience. That’s because we’ve sacrificed wages for better benefits.

Myth: Public pensions are extravagant. In fact, AFSCME retirees have modest pension benefits of about $13,000 a year. Combined with Social Security, it’s the difference between dignity and poverty. Ninety percent of retired public workers stay in Minnesota; their pensions fuel the local economy and keep seniors self-sufficient

Myth: Public employees drag down the economy. In fact, we buy necessities, not luxuries, and that’s the kind of spending that will pull Minnesota out of this consumer-driven recession. Every time government cuts a public employee’s job, Main Street loses a customer. As more stores shutter their doors, the last thing we need is more layoffs.

Myth: Compensation for public employees is the cause of the state’s deficit. In fact, if former Gov. Pawlenty had fired all state employees, the cost savings would have erased only 21 percent of the state’s $6.2 billion budget deficit.

Myth: Public employees are lazy. Minnesota’s state workforce is the 10th leanest and one of the most productive in the nation. Minnesota has 71 public workers for every 10,000 residents, according to the U.S. census. We’re tied with conservative Florida. We’re working harder with fewer co-workers. Since 2002, Gov. Pawlenty has cut 11% of the state workforce. As a result, AFSCME has lost 1,590 members.

Myth: Government is growing. In fact, government is shrinking in Minnesota. Yet middle-income taxpayers are frustrated that they’re paying more and getting less. That’s because they’re subsidizing tax breaks for the richest Minnesotans. The wealth of Minnesota millionaires has doubled under the Pawlenty administration, as their state and local tax rates have decreased by 4 percent.

Myth: Reforming government will erase the deficit. In fact, experts agree that making state government more efficient will cut costs by only 2 percent – at most. It’s still worth the effort because taxpayers deserve the best possible government services for their hard-earned dollars. Frontline workers know best how to do that and Gov. Dayton wants to make us part of the solution. He respects us and will partner with us to cut costs and improve efficiency and service delivery.


  • AFSCME members earn $38,000 a year, on average. We’ve deferred our wages for a pension that allows us to retire with dignity. That pension is a contract between workers and their employer.
  • Public pensions are modest. The average AFSCME retiree has pension benefits of about $13,000 a year.
  • Minnesota’s pension systems pay out more than $2.5 billion, add $3.3 billion to the state economy, and create 22,500 additional jobs.
  • State and local taxes collected on our pensions exceed public employer pension contributions by $80 million a year.
  • 90% of retired public workers stay in Minnesota. That benefits our economy and keeps seniors self-sufficient.
  • More than 20% of senior citizens are living in poverty with only Social Security.
  • Minnesota taxpayers pay for only 15 cents of every dollar in public pension benefits.
  • Most private pensions are 100% employer paid. Our members pay for half of theirs.
  • Defined benefit focuses on how much is paid to the retired worker. Defined contribution focuses on how much goes into the plan.
  • Defined benefit plans cost half of what defined contribution plans cost to deliver the same benefit due to superior investment management and pooling of longevity risk.
  • AFSCME members have taken responsible action to ensure that there are sufficient funds to pay benefits for retirees, active employees and future hires. For example:
    • We fixed a $4 billion funding gap by raising employer and employee contributions and capping our benefit increases at 5 percent. Those fixes will maintain the financial integrity of the plans even after baby boomers retire. There’s no need for taxpayers, public workers or legislators to panic.
    • We supported legislative action to reduce our cost-of-living increase.
      See benefit adjustments recommended by MSRS and PERA.

    Source: Retirement Systems of Minnesota, “Measuring the Economic Benefits”



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Threaten or coerce employees in order to discourage support for the union.
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Workers Rights & Obligations

1. Expression of views. An employee has the right to express a view, grievance, complaint or opinion.
2. Right to Organize. An employee has the right by secret ballot to designate an exclusive representative to negotiate grievance procedures and conditions of employment.
3. Fair Share Fee. Dues may be assessed on public employees who are not members.
4. Meet and Confer. This labor law establishes certain decisions which belong to management, and are not subjective to collective bargaining. Professional employees may meet to discuss terms of employment not subject to collective bargaining.
5. Meet and Negotiate. To engage in public employee collective bargaining.
6. Dues Check Off. To require the employer to cooperate with dues withholding to the bargaining representative.


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