EGCC Summer Guarantee Frequently Asked Questions

Listed here are helpful answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the EGCC Summer Guarantee. For more information or additional support, call us at 888-590-9009.


The EGCC Summer Guarantee is an investment in you and your future. This free college opportunity allows students from the four counties in Eastern Gateway Community College’s service district (Jefferson, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties) to enroll in summer courses without paying out of pocket for tuition, fees or books.

The opportunity is a “last-dollar scholarship”, or grant, that fills the gap between any federal, state or employer education grants you receive and the cost of tuition, fees and books at EGCC this summer.

Any one with proof of residence in Jefferson, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties and meets EGCC’s admission requirements.

Unfortunately, you are not eligible for the EGCC Summer Guarantee. However, there are other free college options available. Please ask an advisor for details.

Any of EGCC online courses offered during the Summer Semester, beginning June 1.

Yes. EGCC is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This federally recognized body provides assurance to students, parents and all stakeholders that EGCC meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance. https://www.ncahlc.org/

It is up to the receiving institution; however, thousands of EGCC students have transferred credits to colleges and universities all over the state of Ohio and the country.

No problem. Summer can be a great time to get caught up or pull ahead as we continue to face uncertainty because of COVID-19. You would be considered a “transient student.” You must complete an online application, and amend your FAFSA with EGCC’s school code (007275).

It is up to the receiving institution to determine what credits will transfer; however, thousands of EGCC students have transferred credits to colleges and universities all over the state of Ohio and the country.

Yes, thanks to funding included in the recently enacted federal CARES Act to help cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

No. The scholarship cannot be applied retroactively, and the college cannot refund for previous terms.

Complete EGCC’s online application and the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If a student has already completed a FAFSA for enrollment at another institution, EGCC’s school code (007275) must be added to it.

Students who do not complete the FAFSA and any required verification will need to make payment arrangements with EGCC.

Students who are currently in default on their Federal student loans may receive the scholarship, but must provide documentation showing steps taken to resolve the default. EGCC’s financial aid office can assist with this process.

The EGCC Summer Guarantee means you can attend EGCC with no out-of-pocket cost, with the aid of a last-dollar scholarship. The amount of the last-dollar scholarship is determined after federal, state and/or employer grants are applied to your account. This is verified through the FAFSA process. You will not be asked to take out any loans.

This means it is free to you and there is no out-of-pocket cost for tuition, fees, or e-books. The last dollar scholarship means it covers the difference in what you have available for grants in state or federal aid, and the tuition, standard fees and books. It does not cover pencils, computers, computer access, internet, etc.

  • Students must have a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file.
  • Students who are selected for verification must complete the process prior to the end of the session.
  • Students who have exhausted their lifetime limit on Pell will still be eligible for the scholarship.
  • Students who have already earned a Bachelor’s Degree are eligible for the scholarship.
  • Students who are in default on previous student loans will be eligible if they are actively working to resolve the default(s). Documentation will be required. In most cases, proof that a student is making monthly payments or has consolidated their loans, is adequate documentation. EGCC’s Financial Aid Office is available to assist with this process.
    • The Student makes agreement with lender for 6-9 month of payments to clear default (with 1st payment made); or
    • The Student consolidates defaulted loans to clear default.

The U.S. Department of Education selects approximately 30% of all FAFSA applicants for a process called verification. Verification is how the Department of Education requires EGCC to confirm the accuracy of the data reported (or not reported) on an individual student’s FAFSA. During the verification process, information reported on the FAFSA is checked for accuracy against documentation submitted by the student, the student’s spouse, and/or their parents. An application may be selected for verification at any time throughout the award year. Compliance with this verification procedure is required to remain eligible for the scholarship.

As long as EGCC has your current year FAFSA and all required supplemental verification forms, and you follow the rules of the college, you won’t incur a bill for your tuition, fees or books for the Summer semester.

Even if it is determined that due to income levels, the student is not eligible for federal or state financial aid, or not eligible for employer grants or tuition reimbursement benefits, a last dollar scholarship will be applied to any remaining balance for tuition and fees at EGCC.

The cost of books is included, so students will have no costs other than internet access and equipment (computers, software, etc.)

You should still complete your FAFSA with the income information, as instructed. You should then inform EGCC’s Financial Aid office of your current situation. They will work with you to gather additional information and update the FAFSA on your behalf.

Possibly. The CARES Act will make funding available to EGCC to help students cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus outbreak. Eligible expenses include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

The US Department of Education is working as quickly as possible to provide us with guidance regarding the procedures for issuing these funds. EGCC will then work to issue funds to students who are unable to attend on-site classes due to the coronavirus. We will determine funding amounts based on demonstrated need as calculated by the FAFSA, and will award all funds until the allocation is depleted.

While you may be eligible for federal loans, students accessing the Summer Guarantee will not be allowed to take out loans while using the scholarship.