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Union Plus LaborCorps Education Grants

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With student loan debt surpassing $1 trillion, Union Plus is now offering grants to assist young labor activists with the high cost of their student loans.

Young labor activists who work full-time for an eligible labor union or affiliated labor organization can apply for a grant of up to $2,000 to help pay off their student loans.


  • Current full-time employees of an eligible labor organization for a minimum of two years.
  • 35 years of age or younger.
  • At least $10,000 in outstanding federal or private student loan debt.
  • See full eligibility details below.

Grant Amounts:

  • Amounts are based on the number of years employed at a qualifying labor union/organization job:
    • Two years - $500
    • Three years - $1,000
    • Four years - $1,500
    • Five-plus years - $2,000
  • Grants are paid directly to the financial institution that holds the student loan.
  • Lifetime limit: one LaborCorps Grant.

There is also a special grant for a graduate of the AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer program now working at a law firm that’s a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. See application for details.

Online Application:

Register to create your LaborCorps Education Grant online application. You can complete your application in steps, saving your information and then submit your completed application.

Required items include employment, union and student loan information, plus two required essays.

Evaluation Criteria:

If you meet the requirements, you’ll receive a grant—but grants are only available for as long as funds last.

**LaborCorps Grants are only available for as long as funds last.**

Grant Award Date:

Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. By Labor Day, grant recipients will be notified individually.

This post originally appeared on the Union Plus website

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