Take College Classes in High School

NHTI offers high school students like you a unique opportunity to take supplemental college courses while you’re still in high school. These course credits can then be transferred to a 4-year institution or counted toward your associate degree at NHTI.

In fact, some high school classes mirror courses that NHTI requires for our Liberal Arts associate degree! When these requirements overlap, there’s opportunity to optimize your high school course load to earn credits in NHTI’s Liberal Arts program – this decreases time, saves money, and offers you the freedom to explore options without an expensive 4-year college commitment.

And did you know that students are eligible to take two STEM-based NHTI classes per year free under the Governor’s STEM Scholarship Program? Contact our Financial Aid Office to see if you qualify!

Transfer Academy: Start at NHTI – Finish at UNH

NHTI’s unique Transfer Academy lays out your pathway from high school to NHTI to UNH. Starting as early as your sophomore and junior years, you can take courses that – once applied to your NHTI education – may also transfer to your bachelor’s degree at UNH on its Durham campus. This translates into a savings of almost $16,000!

1. Contact Us

Because high school students cannot self-register as NHTI matriculated students, there is a slightly different process in getting you registered for Early College courses. 

First, you will need to contact Mark Bograd ([email protected]), our Early College coordinator, or our Admissions Office ([email protected]) to discuss which classes you’d like to enroll in, program costs, and the registration process.

Students enrolling in STEM courses may be eligible for the Governor’s STEM Scholarship. Be sure to review the Early College FAQ for more details.

You have to be at least 15 years old and receive approval from your high school counselor. The age requirement may be waived if your parent/guardian and counselor believe you are ready for the NHTI course. If you have been home-schooled, you’ll have to provide documentation that supports your capability to do college-level work. We may request that home-schooled students take the Accuplacer assessment to help determine course placement.

Great news: The cost of taking an Early College course at NHTI is 50% the N.H. resident tuition rate – which means you’ll pay $107.50 per credit! You’re responsible for paying for your own books and/or materials and your own transportation to NHTI.

As a high school student, you’re not yet eligible for federal financial aid, and there’s no option for a payment plan. However, if you’re seeking to take STEM courses, you may be eligible for the governor’s STEM Scholarship, which allows students from 60+ participating N.H. high schools to receive a scholarship to cover the tuition costs of up to two CCSNH dual enrollment program courses 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.

Both programs 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.

While the Early College program at NHTI is focused on providing you the opportunity to complete general education core classes that are typically required for first-year college students, you may also begin exploring some major-specific courses where appropriate. Be sure to review the course descriptions on the NHTI website to see about any registration requirements.

Work with your high school counselor to complete the Permission to Enroll form and Early College course registration form. If you are under 18, you’ll also need your parent/guardian to sign off on both. This permission form, along with your registration form and registration fee, is due two weeks prior to the start of Fall or Spring semester. We recommend you register sooner for the best possible selection of courses, as many popular courses fill up quickly.

Sure does! Once you’ve registered for a college course, you’re a college student and may enjoy the rights and privileges associated with this status. Among other things, you get a student ID, and access to NHTI student support services and the library. When your course is completed, you may request an official transcript by contacting the NHTI Registrar’s Office.

Well, that would be great news! Should you decide to enroll into a degree or certificate program at NHTI, you’ll have to officially apply for admission and submit your high school transcripts. Your Early College record is part of your official NHTI transcript. As long as you successfully complete the course and it’s required of the degree program in which you enroll, you will already have completed a course toward your degree!

This sometimes 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 site. If you are having challenges in your class and think you may need to withdraw, talk with your instructor and Mark Bograd, our coordinator of high school outreach and advisor to the Early College program.

That’s up to your high school. Talk to your school counselor to make sure you have what you need to graduate. This is an opportunity to gain experience on a college campus and an avenue for motivated students to accelerate your timeline toward a college degree.

Yes – what NHTI offers could be different from another N.H. community college. CCSNH allows each college to consider community needs and respond accordingly.

2. Fill Out the Early College Registration Forms

After reviewing your courses, you can complete and return the Permission To Enroll  and Early College Registration forms for processing. Once these forms are completed, mail or email them to Mark Bograd with your payment information.

3. Access Your Student Account

Once your course registration  and financial information has been fully processed, you will be given instructions on how to access your NHTI student account.