Early College at Your High School

The New Hampshire Early College at Your High School program is a unique higher-education initiative for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Specifically, this program enables high school students to enroll in selected college courses offered by Great Bay Community College at a significant reduction in tuition. College courses are offered during the day at high schools throughout New Hampshire. The Early College at Your High School program promotes a special -- and important -- partnership with secondary schools. This partnership will play a significant role in promoting access to higher education and lowering the costs associated with obtaining a college education.

Program Goals
Early College at Your High School focuses on the following goals:

  • Encourage more young learners to seek a higher education.
  • Accelerate the process of higher education.
  • Retain more residents in the New Hampshire public higher education system.
  • Enroll more young students in the CCSNH.
  • Reduce the cost of higher education.

Benefits for Students

  • Students receive college credit and appropriate high school credit.
  • Students will graduate from high school with a college transcript of earned credits.
  • Students are considered Great Bay students with access to many college resources.

Some courses may require proof of college readiness (English and Math). In those cases, SAT scores, Accuplacer scores or other appropriate measures will be reviewed for placement prior to registration.

The cost to enroll in a Great Bay course through Early College at Your High School is $150 per course plus books and supplies (if not provided by the high school). This represents substantial savings in college tuition costs. Any course less than three credit hours will be pro-rated.

Faculty Information
All teaching faculty come from the ranks of the secondary schools and meet or exceed the hiring qualifications for Great Bay faculty. There is no adjunct salary compensation for Early College at Your High School faculty. In addition to providing a faculty mentor, Great Bay welcomes Early College faculty at departmental and other college activities as professional development opportunities. CCSNH will issue one course voucher for every college course taught. Course vouchers are good for $323.00 toward tuition for any college course taken within the Community College System of New Hampshire (fees excluded) and are intended for the use of Early College faculty. Faculty may elect to transfer their voucher.

Transfer Opportunities
Early College at Your High School alumni have successfully transferred credits to many colleges and universities. Transferability policies vary from college to college and are dependent on a variety of factors such as major course of study.

For Further Information
Contact the Early College Coordinator or your local high school regarding courses offered for college credit through the program.