Early College

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NHTI's Early College program enables high school students to take college courses on the NHTI campus in Concord at discounted tuition. These credits potentially may be applied toward a degree at NHTI or other college or university. Early College allows high school students to:

  • experience taking college courses on campus;
  • enroll in courses that are not available in high school;
  • complete highly transferrable courses;
  • explore career options by taking courses in a potential major you may be considering;
  • save time and money towards your degree!

NHTI classroom in the Library, students participating in class with professor

What you need to know: FAQ's

Q: Will Early College credits count toward my high school graduation requirements?
A: That decision is up to your high school, so it is important to talk to your school counselor to make sure you have what you need to graduate. This program helps students shorten their timeline toward a college degree.

Q: Is there a difference in Early College options across the NH community colleges?
A: Yes, this means that what NHTI offers could be different from another community college in New Hampshire. 

Q: How is Early College different from Running Start?
A: Both Early College and Running Start provide opportunities to earn college credits at a discounted tuition rate. Running Start courses are taught by high school instructors at high schools; Early College courses are taught by college professors on the NHTI campus, providing access to NHTI labs and equipment. Early College Students will take courses alongside NHTI college students.

Q: How do I qualify for Early College?
A: You must be at least 16 years of age and receive approval from your high school counselor or administrator by completing a Permission to Enroll form. Home School students must provide documentation that supports your capability to do college level work. The college reserves the right to request students identified as home schooled take the Accuplacer assessment to determine appropriate course placement.

Q: How much will it cost me?
A: $315 per 3-credit course and $420 for a 4-credit course. This is 50% off tuition! You must be prepared to pay for your own books and/or materials and are also responsible for your own transportation.

Q: Can I receive financial aid or have a payment plan for Early College, books or materials?
A: As a high school student you are not eligible for Financial Aid and we do not offer payment plans for Early College courses or books. This allows us to keep the tuition low. Payment is due at registration.

Q: How do I register for the college course(s)?
A: Working with your high school counselor or administrator, complete the Permission to Enroll form and Early College course registration form. If you are under the age of 18, have your parent sign both forms. This permission form, along with your registration form and registration fee, is due no later than two weeks prior to the start of Fall or Spring Semester. We recommend that students register sooner for the best possible selection of courses, as many popular courses fill quickly.

Q: Does this mean I am a college student? What about a transcript?
A: Once you have registered for a college course, you are a college student and enjoy the rights and privileges (and responsibilities) associated with this status. Among other things, you may get a student ID, access student support services, and utilize the library. Upon course completion, you may request an official transcript .

Q: Which courses at NHTI are available through Early College?
A: While the Early College program at NHTI is focused on providing students the opportunity to complete general education  classes that are typically required for first-year students, students may also explore major-specific courses where appropriate. Some courses have course prerequisites that need to be satisfied prior to registration, while others may be restricted only to students enrolled in specific degree programs (ie, allied health care courses), so review the course descriptions on the NHTI website to see about registration requirements.

Q: What other details do I need to know?
A: NHTI cannot guarantee space in any of the listed courses, and wait lists may apply. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.

Q: What happens to my Early College record if I decide to attend NHTI after I graduate from high school?
A: Should you decide to enroll into a degree or certificate program at the college, you  need to complete an application for admission and submit official transcripts from your high school. Your Early College record is part of your official NHTI transcript. As long as you successfully complete the course, and it is required of the degree program in which you enroll, you will already have completed a course toward your degree.

Q: What if I am unable to complete the class?
A: For various reasons, students sometimes have to drop classes. If this happens, visit the Registrar and fill out an official drop form. Don’t just stop attending! The consequence of disappearing from a class without doing an official drop is an “F” on your transcript, which will permanently remain on your transcripts and affect your GPA. Be sure to review the Registration Policies and Drop Deadlines on the NHTI webpage.

If you are having challenges in your class and think you may need to withdraw, we highly recommend that you consult with your instructor and an academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center.

For more information:

NHTI Admissions
(603) 230-4011

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301

Permission to Enroll
Registration Form