Scholarships & College Programs

Fulfill Your College Goals

College goals can be expensive. SEIU International offers a free college program and affordable options with low-cost tuition for members and their families.

SEIU 521 and Union Plus award yearly college scholarship opportunities that enable members and their children to pursue their educational goals at colleges, universities, labor study programs and technical schools.

Become a member today to enjoy these benefits, and more!

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Union Plus Scholarship

Applications are available starting in mid-June 2017, and a complete application must be received on or before 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on January 31, 2018. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations) are eligible. Grandchildren are not eligible unless a legal dependent (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant’s spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2018.

The applicant must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college or university, community college or technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. This is a competitive scholarship. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended. The required essays can account for up to half your total score. Scholarship applicants are judged by a committee of impartial post-secondary educators

Scholarship Award Amounts: Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2018. Students may re-apply each year.
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Union Plus also offers education discounts, education financing, and student loans:

SEIU Local 521 Scholarship

Clarence Dodge Scholarship
This scholarship is named after Legacy SEIU Local 715’s first president, Clarence Dodge, and provides 10 winners with $1,500 each for their first year of study.

Membership must be for one continuous year as of September 1, 2017. Graduate students are not eligible. All scholarships must be for the academic year(s) awarded. Scholarships will be granted without regard to the sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability of any applicant. Officers and employees of the International Union and their children are not eligible. Scholarships are limited to one per household.

Click here to download application: Clarence Dodge Scholarship Application (PDF)

Applications must be received by March 31, 2018.  Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

For more information about the SEIU Local 521 Clarence Dodge Scholarship, please email

SEIU International College Benefits

Earn your College Associate Degree of Certificate online for free.

With the SEIU Free College Benefit, eligible SEIU members and their families can earn an Associate Degree or Certificate online without having to pay for tuition, fees or e-books. Find out more here.

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Making college affordable and convenient for every SEIU Member!

SEIU has partnered with Southern New Hampshire University to offer the College for America programs to our members, with low-cost tuition. Find out more here.


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