Q. Who is eligible for the Council 8 Free College Benefit?
A. AFSCME International members in good standing and their families. Family is defined as spouses, children, stepchildren, dependents and grandchildren. Potential students’ membership will be verified by AFSCME International.
Q. How do I qualify?
A. To qualify, AFSCME Council 8 members who want to enroll in EGCC’s online programs will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply any federal or state financial aid, or employer grants or tuition reimbursement benefits for which they show eligibility.
The U.S. Department of Education selects approximately 30% of all FAFSA applicants for a process called verification. Verification is the process by which an educational institution confirms accuracy of the data reported (or not reported) on an individual student’s FAFSA. During the verification process, information reported on the FAFSA is verified for accuracy against documentation submitted by the student 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.
Q. What if I am not eligible for any federal financial aid?
A. Even if it is determined that the student is not eligible for federal or state financial aid, or 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 the books is included in the fees, so students will have no costs other than equipment (computers, software, etc.).
Q. Tell me about Eastern Gateway Community College.
Eastern Gateway Community College is a public, open-access college located in Steubenville, Ohio, with sites in Youngstown and Warren. They are part of the University System of Ohio and regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. They are committed to innovation and increasing quality educational opportunities for students in Ohio and across the country.
EGCC is one the fastest growing colleges in Ohio. They are a national Achieving the Dream Leader College, an American Association of Community Colleges School of Excellence, and are recognized nationally for their efforts to prepare a diverse student population for career success.
Q. Why should I earn college credit at EGCC if it’s not my local college?
A. Because EGCC is regionally accredited and regulated by the Ohio Department of Education, credits earned at EGCC can be transferred to other institutions across the country. The staff at the college is committed to helping students determine the right course of study that will help them continue their work at a college closer to their home.
Q. Will my previous college work or work experience count at EGCC?
A. EGCC is committed to helping you earn your degree. Their Office of Transfer Evaluations will help you determine whether your previous college work will transfer into EGCC, and whether you are eligible for college credit for previous work experience, such as military work or public service. We understand that you have worked hard for the college credit you have earned and expect to transfer as much as you can toward your degree completion plan.
Q. I’m worried I won’t have time for college work.
A. EGCC’s coursework is rigorous and meets the high standards of the state of Ohio and of its accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission. We understand that not everyone can meet the same schedule. Therefore, EGCC’s highly qualified instructors provide an online, competency based learning format that gives students the opportunity to further their education while fulfilling responsibilities to both family and your career.
Classes are offered every 8 weeks during the semester.
Q. Is online learning for me?
A. Online learning has helped many students overcome the scheduling challenges of completing their degree. However, the format is not everyone. Take the following self-assessment developed by Miami of Ohio University to see if this will work for you.
Even as an online student at EGCC, you will have a comprehensive support system available to aid in your success, including access to your instructor through office hours and direct communication, an assigned academic advisor, an online writing center, free 24/7 access to online tutors.
Q: I want to find out more. What do I do next?
A: Go to www.council8Education.org to begin the application process. You must complete the Membership verification form, the EGCC application, the FAFSA and supply needed documentation such as a high school transcript and any verification documents required to determine federal or state grant eligibility. Your enrollment counselor can walk you through each step along the way.
Q: I know AFSCME Council 8 is a great advocate for me and I want to officially join the union. How do I do that?
A: Please call AFSCME Council 8 at (614) 841-1918.
Q. Which programs are offered through the scholarship program?
They include the following.
Associate of Arts (AA)
Students can earn their general education degree online at Eastern Gateway Community College—a solid credential on its own, or an excellent pathway to a Bachelor Degree. The Associate of Arts Degree provides the course of study equivalent to those offered to freshman and sophomore-level students in attending many four-year colleges and universities. Completing this degree at Eastern Gateway Community College gives students substantial cost savings over starting a 4-year College or University.
The Business Management Program is designed to provide the educational background to enable graduates to pursue careers in management and a wide variety of business positions. Areas of concentration in this program are leadership, human resources, finance, marketing, total quality management, and computer information.
As a result of analyzing the business world, the business management courses have been developed so that the graduate will understand all the interdependent aspects of business activities. This knowledge will make the business management technician a valuable member of the management team.
This program provides a background in criminal justice and homeland security. This field is as versatile as any can be–whether it’s providing order and enforcing laws, playing an important part in the legal system, or being a role model for a troubled individual.
Those currently employed in law enforcement and corrections may have a unique opportunity to apply their occupational training for credit for this degree.