Eastern Gateway Community College's Board of Trustees have released a statement on their decision to dissolve the school. 

On Wednesday, March 20, the board of trustees voted to dissolve the college by June 30 if they don't receive sufficient funding by May 31. 

This comes after a rough few months of issues for the school. 

In February, the school paused enrollment after the Spring semester, and told students that students who would not be graduating by May would have to find a different school to continue their studies at. 

During a meeting January 17, the college's board of trustees approved a resolution to cut 28 staff positions at the college due to a dramatic drop in student enrollment. 

In July of 2022, the Department of Education ordered the EGCC to stop dispersing Federal Pell Grant money to any new students enrolling in the Free College Benefit Program until it was redesigned. 

The DOE determined that EGCC was waiving tuition and fees for students in excess of Title IV funds. For students not receiving Title IV funds, tuition and fees were completely waived. The DOE says that resulted in Title IV students being charged for their education and non-Title IV students not being charged, which violates Title IV requirements. 

After the school decided to pause enrollment, several schools around the Valley, including Youngstown State University and East Ohio College welcomed displaced Eastern Gateway students to their campuses. 

Regarding their decision to dissolve the school, Eastern Gateway Community College's Board of Trustees released the following statement: 

"We did not make this decision without deep deliberation and consideration for the communities we serve at Eastern Gateway Community College. We have worked cooperatively with the U.S. Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and others to address issues facing our college. We have also struggled financially due to forces beyond our control regarding the way Eastern Gateway is reimbursed for educating students. Through all of this, we are proud to be able to say in the past year more than 5,000 Eastern Gateway students will have graduated with degrees and brighter futures. Our administration, faculty and staff have been working closely with Youngstown State University and other schools to ensure our students are provided the best possible pathway for success."