We are proud to offer dues-paying members four college affordability programs:

Free Online College

Free online college is for any dues-paying member or family of dues-paying members. Earn an associate's degree through Eastern Gateway Community College or a bachelor's degree through Central State University. Both programs are free online and include all fees and e-books. This is a great way to get the credits you need for the training academy.

MCO Scholarship Program

For two decades, MCO has offered a scholarship program that has been very popular among members. Since its start in 2001, the scholarship program has helped more than 400 members send their children to college. Every year, the program awards 20 scholarships of $500 each.

Academy Assistance Program

This program is for current MCO members who paid out of pocket or got into debt to get their corrections training at a community college in 2014 or 2015. Switching to community colleges for training was a failed experiment, and MDOC returned to the paid academies in 2015.

Student Debt Assistance Program

The Student Debt Assistance Program is for current MCO members who have student loans from earning an undergraduate degree.


We aren’t offering a “one-size-fits-all” approach; instead, we are providing members and their families the reassurance of knowing there is assistance available from MCO, no matter what path they decide to take toward higher education.

A strong union can help members and their families in ways that are beyond the scope of the contract. We can and should provide programs that have a positive impact on members and their families. All of us should be rethinking what a union is and what it can do for each of us.