EGCC offering free classes for residents of four nearby counties

WTOV-9 FOX | by Jessica Haberley |

Eastern Gateway Community College is offering a free college education this summer for residents of certain counties.

This opportunity is for new, continuing, and returning students.

“We have very rigorous online learning curriculum, and so we want to be able to share that. And certainly, the first people we want to share that with is the residents of our service district,” said Michael Geoghegan, interim president and chief financial officer.

It’s called the EGCC Summer Guarantee, ensuring free summer online classes for students in Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Jefferson counties.

“We know that there are a number of residents in our four counties who have some college, and this is an opportunity to go back and finish your degree or finish your certificate or to get started on a degree,” Geoghegan said.

The federal stimulus bill known as the “Cares Act,” provided funding to colleges to help transition to online learning during the pandemic.

Since EGCC was already doing a lot of its education online, it dedicated much of its funding to covering student tuition, fees and books after Pell Grants and other financial aid.

“There’s still going to be a lot of businesses that aren’t open, people are going to be still working remotely, largely, so this is an opportunity to take advantage of this period to do something in regards to your education,” Geoghegan said.

EGCC will receive just under $1 million through the Cares Act to support students during the pandemic.

To be eligible for the EGCC Summer Guarantee, students in the service district must have completed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submitted an EGCC online application available here. Summer courses begin June 1.