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!
What you need to know: FAQ's
Q: Will Early College credits count toward my high school graduation requirements?
A: That decision will be 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 is an opportunity to gain experience in a college campus environment and an avenue for motivated students to accelerate their timeline toward a college degree.
Q: Is there a difference in Early College options across the NH community colleges?
A: Yes, which means that what NHTI offers could be different from another NH community college. The Community College System allows each college to consider community needs and respond accordingly.
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: To qualify for Early College, a student must be at least 16 years of age and must receive approval from their high school counselor. The age requirement may be waived if their parent and their high school counselor believe the student is ready to be successful in the NHTI course. Home School students must provide documentation that supports your capability to do college level work. The college reserves the right to request that those students identified as home school take the Accuplacer assessment to assist in determining appropriate course placement.
Q: How much will it cost me?
A: The cost to take a course at NHTI through the Early College program is set at 50% the NH Resident tuition rate. This is means you pay ½ the cost of tuition! You must be prepared to pay for your own books and/or materials and are also responsible for your own transportation to the college.
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 yet eligible for Federal Financial Aid and there is not an option for a payment plan for Early College courses or books; however, beginning in the Fall of 2018, students seeking to take STEM courses may be eligible for the Governor’s STEM Scholarship. This scholarship allows students from over 60 participating NH high schools to receive a scholarship to cover the tuition costs of up to 2 CCSNH dual enrollment program courses in STEM fields per academic year; dual enrollment programs include Early College, Project Lead the Way, Running Start and E-Start courses. Check with your counselor to see if your high school is participating in this program.
Q: How do I register for the college course(s)?
A: Working with your high school counselor or administrator, you will complete the Permission to Enroll form and Early College course registration form. If you are under the age of 18, you will also need your parent to sign off on 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 may enjoy the rights and privileges 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 via the SIS (Student Information System) or by contacting the NHTI Registrar’s Office.
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 core classes that are typically required for first-year students, students may also begin exploring some major-specific courses where appropriate. Some courses will have course prerequisites that would 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 be sure to review the course descriptions on the NHTI website to see about any registration requirements.
Q: What other details do I need to know?
A: Pending enrollment, NHTI cannot guarantee space in any of the listed courses, and waitlists may apply. We will, however, do everything we can to avoid such a scenario.
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 will 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 to you, 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 Mark Bograd, Coordinator of High School Outreach and Advisor to the Early College Program.