Sound too good to be true? Here are the FAQs...
Frequently Asked Questions
How much will this cost me? Nothing. Not a single dollar will come out of your pocket and we won’t be asking for sensitive payment information either. We will deal directly with the ICD to handle all tuition related expenses.
What do I need to provide? All you will need is a personal computer (3-5 years old or less), a broadband Internet connection and a willingness to learn. In some cases, you will also be able to use the technology resources at your local ICD office.
How many classes can I take? Your union benefits pre-approve you to take up to 4 classes, per year, without any additional out-of-pocket expense. If you wish to take more classes than the allotted amount, we have great discounts for all USW members should you choose to do so. ABTU does not accept student loans and does not encourage our students to take out student loans.
Do you have family discounts as well? ABTU supports all USW members and their families. Although funds are only available to employees of represented companies, ABTU can also apply tuition discounts of up to 35% for family of USW members should they choose to enroll in a degree program.
I'm a retired USW member. Do I qualify? Yes. We have special benefits and discounts for USW retirees as well, including an $1,800 annual scholarship and 20% discount on programs taken at ABTU.
Can I take single courses? Yes. Single courses of your choosing are available as well as full degree and Certification programs.
What if the course(s) I’m interested in aren’t listed? We encourage you to let us know, as chances are, the course material might be available, just not listed. Simply fill out the on this page and note in the “Comments” what courses you are interested in. If we do not offer it, we have partnerships with other educational institutions that may be able to help.
What if my schedule changes? In addition to offering live lectures twice times per week, we also offer recorded lectures and custom class times for those workers on different shifts.
For example: Our standard live virtual classes are typically held 2 days per week from 5:30pm – 9:15pm CST. If you need more flexibility in class scheduling due to work commitments, we are able to offer other class times upon request.
Our goal at ABTU is to make sure that you get the courses you need, when you need them, at the time you need them.