Posted: Monday, April 27, 2020

Eastern Gateway Community College Launches Free Summer College for Students in Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Jefferson Counties

 The EGCC Summer Guarantee will ensure no out-of-pocket costs for students with support from the federal CARES Act

Steubenville and Youngstown, Ohio – Eastern Gateway Community College today launched the EGCC Summer Guarantee, which will allow students to take their Summer Semester classes at EGCC with no out-of-pocket costs, including tuition, fees and books.

For new, continuing and returning students who reside in the college’s service district (Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Jefferson), the EGCC Summer Guarantee will be a “last dollar” scholarship that will cover students’ out-of-pocket costs after Pell Grants and other financial aid eligibility is determined. This is also available to students who are enrolled at another college or university, but are back home in the service district for the summer.

“The federal stimulus bill, the CARES Act, provided funding to colleges to help cover the costs of transitioning to online learning during the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure students continue to receive their education, especially those students facing economic hardship,” said Interim President Michael Geoghegan. “As many other community colleges across the country have been hit hard by the sudden disruption of COVID-19, Eastern Gateway Community College’s national leadership in online learning provided some stability and continuity for our on-campus students.”

Prior to its full-scale conversion to distance learning in response to COVID-19, 88 percent of Eastern Gateway Community College students were taking at least one online course. EGCC has had a relentless focus on delivering quality education at an affordable price, and have used technology to enable that mission. While disruption to campus operations was significant, just a small percentage of its courses were unable to transition because of the laboratories and clinicals that require in-class participation.

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.

“Summer Semester is the right time for students and displaced workers to get caught up and get ahead after the weeks of disruption and continued uncertainty,” said Geoghegan. “Our programs are affordable and accessible, without sacrificing any of the rigor our students, staff, faculty, and employers expect.”

Eastern Gateway Community College will receive just under $1 million in funding through the CARES Act to support students in their service district after academic disruption as a result of COVID-19. In addition to tuition assistance, the federal legislation provided funding for direct assistance to students to remove barriers to continuing their education. Eastern Gateway Community College is reviewing guidance and will provide additional information as it becomes available.

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Eastern Gateway Community College provides quality, student-centered, future-focused higher education. Valuing accessibility, affordability and equity, the College helps students achieve successful learning outcomes, engages educational and community partners, and serves the citizens of Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties.

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