Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does the Rural Regional College (RRC) differ from a traditional community college and the efforts to create a standalone community college in Erie?

The RRC is not a traditionally funded community college. Funding for the RRC will come from appropriations from the Pennsylvania General Assembly, additional state, federal, and/or private foundation grants, and student tuition and fees. There are no municipal, county, or school district tax dollars required to fund the RRC. This is what makes the RRC different from a “traditional” community college established under a different piece of legislation, the PA Community College Act of 1963. Those institutions require a local sponsor and local funding, whereas the RRC does not.

Second, this college will not operate on a single traditional campus-based model; nor is it exclusively an online college. The RRC will utilize multiple locations across the region to deliver its programming. Courses will be offered in a variety of ways including in the classroom, via live interactive technology, and through hands-on learning with equipment and lab facilities.

2. Where is the RRC located?

The RRC is located in every community which has students interested in pursuing an Associate’s degree, certificate, or taking courses toward a degree.

Given the large rural nature of the RRC footprint, a distributive delivery model−as opposed to a traditional centralized campus model−is essential for serving the communities throughout the region.

The delivery model of the RRC relies on the infrastructure currently in place throughout the region (career and technology centers, community education councils, school districts, intermediate units, libraries, and other postsecondary institutions). College Centers will be the “one-stop” where students can access most, if not all, services of the RRC. Satellite sites will offer limited services, but will always have classrooms and facilities for instruction. To view our current delivery sites please view our locations page.

The Administrative Center for the RRC is located in Warren, PA. However, students do not need to travel to the Administrative Center to attend courses, enroll, or meet with faculty and staff. The College Centers and satellite sites will provide access to courses and meetings with faculty and staff.

3. How much does it cost to attend the RRC?

Individuals who have earned a high school diploma or GED® pay $180 per credit, plus $18 per credit in fees for 1-5 credits, or a $100 flat fee for 6 or more credits. Most courses are 3 credit courses, so a single course will cost $540, plus $54 in fees. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books and course materials that are required by the course instructor. Scholarship funds are available.

Current eligible high school students pay $60 per credit, plus minimal fees which may vary by course. Most courses are 3 credit courses, so a single course will cost $180. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books and course materials that are required by the course instructor. Scholarship funds are available.

Tuition and fees for non-credit courses will vary based on the course(s) being offered.

4. What are the admissions requirements?

The RRC is an open-admissions college. There are no additional admissions requirements for individuals who have earned a high school diploma or GED® and whom reside within one of the 9 counties served by the College.

5. What are the admissions requirements for high school dual enrollment?

  • Students must complete their sophomore year to be eligible.
  • High school seniors must carry at least a 3.25 cumulative G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale.
  • High school juniors must carry at least a 3.5 cumulative G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale.

6. How do I apply?

Visit our Contact Us page to fill out our inquiry form or to contact Jocelyn Hamilton Bash, our enrollment advisor.

7. What degrees are offered by the RRC?

The RRC currently offers two Associate’s degrees: Interdisciplinary Studies and Business Management. The RRC currently partners with Gannon University to provide these degree programs. More degree programs, certificates, and noncredit courses will be offered independently by the RRC in the upcoming years.

8. I am currently a full-time student at another college/university. Can I take courses with the RRC over the summer when I am home?

Yes. Guest students are welcome to take courses at the RRC. Most courses and credits are transferable to other institutions, but you should always discuss your plan with your advisors. One helpful resource is Visit our Contact Us page for more information.

9. Is financial aid available?

Yes. As the RRC continues to partner with Gannon University, financial aid is available through the same process as other colleges and universities. The Gannon school code for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is 003266.