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Union Plus Education Services
Unlock A World of Education Opportunities
Working families know how critical education is to improving their lives. However, the ever-soaring cost of college tuition and vocational/technical training can make the goal of earning a diploma, and getting a better job seem out of reach. Union Plus Education Services provides working families with a wide-range of educational assistance.
Access to Scholarships
Union Plus Scholarship Program
Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship program has awarded more than $2.5 million to union members and their families who want to begin or continue their secondary education. Cash awards, ranging from $500 to $4,000, are granted to recipients based on academic achievement, potential, character, leadership, social awareness, career goals and financial need.
For an application, visit www.unionplus.org or send your name, address and phone number, along with the name of you international union on a postcard to:
Union Plus Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 34800
Washington, DC 20043-4800
Applications are available each year beginning September 1st. Union members, spouses and dependent children are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submitting completed applications is January 31st. Union Privilege will send notification to winners on May 31st.
Union Plus National Labor College Scholarship
Do you want to earn your Bachelor of Arts degree while continuing your trade union work? Now you can have the best of both worlds. Eligible students attending the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD, can apply for the Union Plus National Labor College Scholarship. Each year, $25,000 is awarded to eligible students attending the National Labor College. This unique program is sponsored by Union Privilege and administered by the George Meany Center for Labor Studies. For details or to request an application, please call the National Labor College Office of Student Services at 1-301-431-5404.
Union Scholarship Database
A search tool that describes more than $4 million in scholarships available through individual unions at www.unionplus.org.
The Union Plus Education Loan program is designed to save union members time and money, while providing financing for a variety of educational and training needs. This program is custom-built to meet the ever-changing needs of today's working families. Whether you need a loan to pursue a job-related trade or skill, or to attend a college or university, the Union Plus Education Loan program can be a great help:
Career Training Loans
Whether you're interested in advancing in your present field or making a total career change, boosting workplace skills is often the key to success.
Designed for students attending technical, trade or professional schools, this loan provides the money you need for tuition, books, computers and other education-related expenses. The application process is simple and best of all you can customize a repayment plan that works for you. For more information call 1-871-881-1022. Representatives are available to help you Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. (ET).
Available to students attending accredited colleges and universities, these Stafford, PLUS and Signature loans, can help you and/or your children pay for college tuition, room-and-board, textbooks, fees, computers and other expenses. To apply or receive financial aid counseling call toll-free 1-871-881-1022. Representatives are available Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (ET).
After completing school, juggling multiple loan payments can be overwhelming. With a federal consolidation loan, all your federal loans can be consolidated into one easy, lower payment—which means more cash in your pocket. In many cases, it takes as little as two to three weeks to streamline your federal loans. Just one quick call to 1-800-448-3533, 24 hours a day can put you on the road to an easier financial future.
If you're embarking on a college career in today's world, then you have options, and with these options come questions-lots of questions. How can I prepare for the college entry exams? Where should I go to college? How am I going to pay for college? How do I make sense out of the FAFSA financial-aid application process?
We may not be able to answer every question, but we can help you sort out all the options. Here's an example of how the Union Plus Education Services program can help: www.unionplus.wiredscholar.com
At www.unionplus.wiredscholar.com you will find the insight, pointers and answers to many of your college-related questions. In simple, straightforward language, we also explain the Section 529 College Savings Plans, a terrific way to save for college. Visit the web site, and get a jumpstart on the college planning process.
Financial Aid Counseling
Navigating the maze of financial aid options is not easy, but we will help you find your way through. Talk one-on-one with a Union Plus education loan officer on our toll-free dedicated line, 1-877-8811022. Representatives are available to help you Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. (ET).
College Entrance Test Preparation
Scoring well on the SAT can make top choice schools take a look at you. The Union Plus Education Services program has created online resources to help students prepare for academic tests. For details, visit www.unionplus.org .
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. To get there, go to www.unionplus.org, click on Education Services, and look for the link to Powell's Bookstore.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much money can I borrow for my education?
If eligible, you can borrow the full cost of your education, minus any other aid received. This includes the cost of tuition, fees, books, computers and technical instruments.
What kind of school can I attend with my loan?
You can use the loan to attend, full-time or part-time, any accredited college, university, trade, technical or professional school.
What are the loan interest rates?
Traditional federal student loans are set at low rates, which are determined by the federal government. Non-government loans are set at competitive rates, based on credit history. You can find out the exact interest rate, for your particular loan, at the time that you apply for the loan.
Who provides the loans?
Funds are made available through Sallie Mae's nationwide network of lender partners.
When will I hear if my application is approved?
Often within 24 hours.
Who is Sallie Mae?
Sallie Mae, the Student Loan Marketing Association, is the nation's leader in education finance. Founded over 25 years ago, Sallie Mae provides funds for educational loans, primarily federally guaranteed loans originated under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). The company currently owns and manages student loans for over 7 million borrowers. Through its specialized subsidiaries and divisions, Sallie Mae also provides an array of consumer credit loans, including those for lifelong learning and K-12 education.
Union Privilege Legal Services
- Free initial consultation
- Free document review
- 30% discount on most complex matters
Call 1-800-452-9425 for lawyers in your area or visit the Union Privilege website at: http://unionplus.org