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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Eastern Gateway Community College Board of Trustees Approves Free College for Students in Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Jefferson Counties 

The EGCC Gateway Guarantee will include last-dollar scholarships to ensure no out-of-pocket costs for Spring Semester beginning in January

Steubenville and Youngstown, Ohio – Eastern Gateway Community College Board of Trustees voted today to seek a waiver from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to waive tuition and fees for students in Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Jefferson Counties. 

“Eastern Gateway Community College continues to look at ways to add value to the communities we serve,” said Eastern Gateway Community College Board of Trustee Chair Jim Gaisor. “We are fulfilling our mission to forge pathways to the 21st Century American workforce to as many students as possible.

By offering free and reduced tuition and fees, Eastern Gateway Community College has helped students to offset $163 million and an additional $12 million in savings by incorporating the use of Open Educational Resources, eliminating textbook costs for the majority of the college’s courses.

“This is the third semester in a row where we will offer free or reduced costs for our programs, and we will continue to find innovative solutions to challenges such as student debt, college affordability and the barriers that non-traditional students face when trying to pursue a degree,” said Eastern Gateway Community College President Michael Geoghegan.

Eastern Gateway Community College recently announced its largest enrollment for a Fall Semester of the college, with a total of 41,843 students on campus and online. This number also includes 23% more Ohio students, with nearly half of those students from within the college’s four-county service district.

For new, continuing and returning students who reside in the college’s service district (Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Jefferson), the EGCC Gateway Guarantee will be a “last dollar” scholarship that will cover students’ out-of-pocket costs for tuition and fees after Pell Grants, scholarships, private support and other financial aid eligibility is determined. 

To be eligible for the EGCC Gateway Guarantee, students in the service district must have completed a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submitted an EGCC online application available here.

Media Contact:  Amanda Wurst | 614-832-7512 | [email protected]

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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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Friday, July 24, 2020

 

Eastern Gateway Community College Seeking Fall Semester Tuition Waiver for Residents of Jefferson, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties

The EGCC Gateway Guarantee will save students 68% of the costs of attending the community college

Steubenville and Youngstown, Ohio – Eastern Gateway Community College today announced it will waive the per-credit-hour tuition for the Fall Semester, with the exception of a $1 fee required by the state law for students living outside of Jefferson County in the Eastern Gateway Community College service district.

The college has requested a tuition waiver from the chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and that request is currently pending. 

“Community colleges have an obligation to be responsive to opportunities we see around us,” said Eastern Gateway Community College President Michael Geoghegan. “Right now, the communities we serve continue to struggle economically, with lower educational attainment rates below that of the state, and are facing yet more hardships from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The EGCC Gateway Guarantee will help people be more competitive in the job market and make our local economy more resilient in the long term.” 

Students will still be required to pay the costs of applicable fees and books. The tuition waiver, however, will reduce students’ costs by 68 percent. The maximum waiver will be $3,200 per student per academic year for a projected 2,500 students over the biennium. 

Eastern Gateway Community College was able to use federal CARES Act resources to offer free college courses during its Summer Semester. The EGCC Summer Guarantee proved there was great demand for free college opportunities in the service district, with enrollment increasing by 44 percent at the Youngstown Campus and 32 percent at the Steubenville Campus, over 2019 Summer Semester enrollment levels.

To be eligible for the EGCC Gateway Guarantee, students in the service district must have completed a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submitted an EGCC online application available here. Fall courses begin August 17, 2020.

Media Contact: Amanda Wurst, 614-832-7512, [email protected]

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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.