SUNY Empire State University
SUNY's leader in online education

Take the next step toward a degree that’s built around you.

We know you’re busy. As SUNY’s leading online institution, SUNY Empire offers over 850 online courses that will fit into your schedule. SUNY Empire will be your partner as you prepare to advance your career without missing a step.

Get Your Degree with IDG and SUNY Empire State College

Through IDG’s new partnership with SUNY Empire State College, drivers and their family members can receive college credit for work experience, prior learning, and coursework completed in other countries. At SUNY Empire, you can choose from 110 completely online programs to complete your college degree! And many drivers are eligible for financial aid through federal and state programs.

SUNY Empire will waive orientation fees for IDG-represented drivers, provide one-time $100 Better Together scholarship, and award credits for prior learning.

Here’s what that means for you:

  1. Attaining a college degree will now cost less and take less time if you participate in this program, making it easier to earn your college degree.
  2. Whether you are employed or retired, you and your family members are eligible for this opportunity!
  3. You now have access to more than 110 degree programs through SUNY Empire — all of which can be completed online. 

For dues-paying members, IDG staff will help you with your application for FREE.

To get started, fill out a Request for Information and choose Independent Driver's Guild-IAMAW as the partner organization.


*SUNY Empire is proud to support military aligned students. Additional benefits are available for NYS Veterans and their spouses. Please contact or call 518-587-2100, ext. 2779 for more details.

Ready for the next step? You're closer than you think.

To learn more and to get your partnership benefits code for the admissions application, contact:

Linette Vazquez
Enrollment and Partnership Outreach Officer
Brooklyn and Staten Island

Erik Forman
Education Director
(212) 707-8181

Why Earn Your Degree at SUNY Empire?

Our students and alumni say we make earning a degree possible in many important ways.

The Power to Personalize

At SUNY Empire, there’s no cookie-cutter, off-the-shelf, everybody-does-it-the-same-way degree program. When you earn your degree here, you are part of the planning process by personalizing your degree to fit your goals and interests. This allows students to define career goals, while exploring their talents and abilities.

Earn Your Degree While You Live Your Life

More than 50% of SUNY Empire students work full or part time while they earn their degree. Take classes part time — online, onsite or both — and benefit from our student services, including online and onsite tutoring, career services and special support programs for active military members and veterans.

Give Yourself Credit

You know a lot. Maybe the knowledge you’ve gained wasn’t earned in a classroom — maybe it was by examination, professional certification or military training — but it’s all part of your learning — shortening your time to degree and saving money.

Your Own Guide

At SUNY Empire, you'll get a faculty mentor who will guide and support you from Day One to graduation. Your mentor is a trusted advisor who will help you develop your degree encourage you and give you access to the resources you need to succeed.

SUNY Affordability and Reputation

SUNY Empire is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers a high-quality, well-respected education. And you’ll earn your degree at a fraction of the cost of many private and for-profit institutions. A respected degree + SUNY affordability = a real return on investment.