Theres good news for those who need to upgrade their job skills or get a college degree.
Gateway Community & Technical College offers students unparalleled value that includes affordable tuition, an opportunity to be job-ready in a few months, as well as the ability to transfer to complete a bachelors degree. The better news is that Gateway is still accepting applications for students to start this fall.
As Northern Kentuckys only publicly supported two-year comprehensive community and technical college, we provide outstanding value to students, says G. Edward Hughes, Gateway president and CEO.
The value begins with tuition. Gateway's in-state tuition is $130 per credit hour, about half the rate of any four-year university in Kentucky. Reciprocity agreements mean most tri-state residents can attend at the in-state rate, depending on their major. In addition, for students who enroll this fall, tuition will be frozen at the current rate through the 2011-12 academic year.
That means this years class will not be subject to tuition increases that might occur next year, he adds. Since most of our programs can be completed in two academic years if the student attends full-time and has no developmental needs requiring additional classes, locking in tuition at this years rate makes it easier for students to plan their finances for two years.
For students who want or need to improve their job skills in a shorter period, Gateway offers credentials that can prepare them to be job-ready in one semester, depending on the program. That adds to the value because students can complete a certificate, find a job in their field and continue part-time until they complete a degree, Dr. Hughes says.
Gateway's regional accreditation means the credits students earn at Gateway are accepted at four-year universities such as Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College and the University of Cincinnati. Gateway's membership in the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities enables Gateway students to take classes at any GCCCU member college at Gateway tuition rates.
These benefits, plus the wide variety of degrees, diplomas and certificates we offer in 30 academic programs, add to the list of reasons why students are increasingly choosing to begin their postsecondary education at Gateway, Hughes explains, noting that enrollment increased more than 20 percent last fall. We also offer a variety of student services designed to assure success, including programs specifically aimed at easing the transition to college for first-generation college students or people coming back to school after an absence of several years.
Gateway's traditional fall semester begins Aug. 16, but the college has additional fall terms beginning Sept. 8, Sept. 22 and 23, Oct. 13 and Nov. 4. The next information session for prospective students is at 10 a.m. Aug. 6 at the colleges Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas More Parkway. Sessions are free and designed to answer questions about the admissions process.
A financial aid workshop follows at 11 a.m. when Gateway will provide assistance in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). People who plan to complete the FAFSA for financial aid for a fall 2010 term need to bring their 2009 federal tax return.
For more information, prospective students should call Gateway at 859-441-4500 or visit the website at www.gateway.kctcs.edu and select Admissions.