FREE full four-year Bachelor's Degree

In partnership with Paul Quinn College, the OCSEA Free College program is expanding again to offer a full, four-year bachelor’s degree for FREE. All dues-paying OCSEA members as well as all family members of dues-paying members are eligible for the free college benefit as long as they have at least one college credit but do not have a bachelor's degree.

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May 24, 2022
August 15, 2022
October 10, 2022

A full, four-year degree for FREE!

For the first time, OCSEA and their education partners are able to offer a full, four-year bachelor’s degree for FREE. Beginning with the Spring 2022 semester, and in partnership with Paul Quinn College, OCSEA members and their extended family members can attend four years at Paul Quinn College online to achieve a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Business Administration, Legal Studies, Health & Wellness (Summer 2022), Liberal Arts or Religious Studies. See below for details about the programs under each degree.  

Take classes online and on your own time

Classes are all online, which is ideal for busy adults. If you have to interrupt your studies because of a busy week at work, you can pick up where you left off with no penalties. Study anytime, anywhere, at your pace.


OCSEA has partnered with Paul Quinn College (PQC) in the Dallas, Texas area to offer all OCSEA members and their extended family members the benefit of a TOTALLY free bachelor’s degree program. To take part in the OCSEA FREE College program with Paul Quinn College, you MUST have at least one college credit and not have a previous bachelor’s degree. You must also be a dues-paying OCSEA union member or be related to an OCSEA dues-paying member in one of the following ways: child (or step-child), grandchild (or step-grandchild), spouse, financial dependent, niece, nephew, parent, sibling, aunt, uncle or in-law.

No out-of-pocket cost

Each student will be eligible for an OCSEA Student Success Grant. The cost for tuition, fees and books will be ZERO. OCSEA members and family members should fill out the Interest Form and start the FAFSA process.

  • Paul Quinn College provides accredited bachelor’s degree programs with the flexibility to balance education with busy lives. 
  • Paul Quinn College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-inspired historically Black college (HBCU) that was founded on April 4, 1872, by a group of African Methodist Episcopal Church preachers in Austin, Texas, with the original purpose to educate freed slaves and their families. Currently, it is a brick and mortar college in the Dallas,Texas area. 
  • Paul Quinn College is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TACCS). 
  • Courses are 100% online. 
  • There are no additional fees or costs for books or other materials. 
  • Advising and tutoring is available to support students. 
  • Students utilizing the Free College Benefit can attend full-time or part-time. 
  • Previous college credit will be reviewed for transfer credit.


Bachelor of Arts - Business Administration

The bachelor’s degree in Business Administration aims to provide students with a broad background for careers in law, court administration, business, accounting, human resources management, entrepreneurship, marketing or graduate level programs in law, business administration or other related fields. It also provides students with a quality, well-rounded education that will allow them to positively impact the business and legal community.

The Accounting degree will allow students to demonstrate competence in fundamental skills in accounting, as well as identify and resolve the critical elements of accounting issues.
Students will learn the process of identifying and securing investors and capital resources for entrepreneurial endeavors as well as create business plans which reflect the core values and theories of social entrepreneurship.
Students will be taught how to evaluate current issues, trends and best practices for fundraising and philanthropy; as well as how to create and implement a fundraising plan based on needs assessment, organization characteristics, budget and timelines.
Students will learn the fundamental skills of management, apply knowledge and skills in quantitative decision-making, and apply knowledge and skills in functional specialties of management.

Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Arts

Students will learn to demonstrate the integration of interdisciplinary content and skills from a variety of perspectives, disciplines, historical and cultural contexts; develop a system of inquiry for research, analysis and continuous lifelong learning; evaluate and synthesize data and different types of information to make decisions and solve problems; and effectively communicate in multiples modes, in multiple disciplines. Students can obtain a bachelor’s of liberal arts degree in the following areas:

  • General
  • Communications 
  • History 
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology
  • Math (coming Summer, 2022)

Bachelor of Arts - Legal Studies

Students will learn how to evaluate procedural legal problems, identify and analyze legal issues, learn fundamental concepts and principals in the various categories of law, develop oral communication and advocacy skills, engage in legal research and writing and identify comparative law perspectives.

Bachelor of Arts - Health and Wellness

Coming Summer 2022. Students will learn communication skills and apply strategies for effective communication with other health professionals. They will also develop skills to effectively motivate change in health behavior, utilize health assessment tools and implement/evaluate health and wellness programs among diverse populations and in various settings. Students will also learn about the uses of technology within the health and wellness field.

Bachelor of Arts - Religious Studies

Students will examine the role of religion in humankind; analyze the connection between religion and ethical behavior; apply specific cultural and denominational perspectives to solve present day challenges in religion, especially Christianity; apply entrepreneurial thinking, business principals and management strategies to the implementation and maintenance of a ministry, faith based organization or community organization; demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills and effective use of technology in the religious studies field; develop skills to effectively motivate change in moral, ethical and spiritual behavior in personal, family and community settings; demonstrate problem solving, critical and comparative thinking and ethical decision-making skills pertinent to the religious studies field.

Learn how to apply below



Confirm Union Membership & Eligibility

To apply for the OCSEA Paul Quinn Free Bachelor's Program, you must be a dues-paying OCSEA union member or related to an OCSEA dues-paying member. Before applying to Paul Quinn College, click the "Confirm Eligibility" button below to access the Free Bachelor’s inquiry form and to confirm that you are an OCSEA member or an eligible relative.

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These steps can be completed simultaneously:

Complete the FAFSA® Application

Members and family members interested in the Free Bachelor's Program must submit the federal FAFSA® form to apply for additional financial aid.

Any federal grants you receive will be applied to your tuition and fees and textbooks first; the OCSEA Student Success Grant will cover the rest.

Fill out the FASFA®

Apply to Paul Quinn College

Once your eligibility has been verified, an advisor will help you apply and enroll in classes. Admission requirements include an official high school transcript or GED scores and an official college transcript, if available.

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To take part in the OCSEA FREE College program, you MUST be a dues-paying OCSEA union member or related to an OCSEA member in one of the following ways: child (or step-child), grandchild (or step-grandchild), spouse, financial dependent, niece, nephew, parent, sibling, aunt, uncle or in-law.

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