YOUNGSTOWN - To celebrate the opening of its new Valley Center, Eastern Gateway Community College officials have announced more financial help is on the way for the 2013 spring semester at the center.
New students will receive a 50 percent discount on tuition with the new Half-Off Grant that will aid new students taking a minimum of six credit hours at the Valley Center in downtown Youngstown. New students must apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and use awarded financial aid before the Half-Off Grant will be applied, officials said. The grant will cover half of the tuition charges for new students during the spring 2013 semester only.
"Eastern Gateway is thrilled with the reception it has received in downtown Youngstown and throughout the Mahoning Valley as the college expands and reaches more and more students," said President Laura Meeks. "So to celebrate the opening of our Valley Center on Federal Plaza East, the college decided to offer this one-time Half-Off Grant for the coming semester for new students."
More than 75 percent of EGCC students qualify for financial aid and these funds cover most students' tuition and fees as well as their books and other supplies. "We wanted to help another portion of our students who may be struggling with the cost of their higher education," Meeks said.
Provisions of the tuition-only grant include:
Being a high school graduate or GED recipient.
Being a new student to EGCC.
Taking a minimum of six credit hours at the Valley Center. Additional hours may be taken at the Valley Center, online or at another college delivery location.
Filing for FAFSA and using available aid before the Half-Off Grant applies. If financial aid covers all tuition costs, the Half-Off Grant does not apply.
"Eastern Gateway's enrollment at the Valley Center grew by 77 percent during the fall semester, so we wanted to celebrate that growth and encourage more students to apply to the college," said Meeks. "Our goal is to help students to succeed and to be as affordable and as accessible as possible to the communities we serve."
For information, call (800) 68-COLLEGE, extension 212. or visit www.egcc.edu/halfoff.