Early College Frequently Asked Questions
Why is attaining a higher education degree so important?
- 72% of all jobs in Massachusetts will require some form of a postsecondary degree by the year 2020.
- Attainment of a postsecondary credential or degree has significant economic impact on the amount of money a student earns over a lifetime.
Why is affordability of higher education so important?
Average student loan debt for higher education is roughly $29,000.
What percentage of high school students graduate with college credits nationally?
What does the research show are the benefits of early college options for students?
- Students place less often into developmental education when they transition into higher education.
- Students are able to accelerate their learning in a field of interest.
- Students gain a sense of belonging in higher education.
- Students often earn early college credit at a reduced cost – making higher education attainment more affordable.
- Students tend to enroll full-time in higher education and complete their degree at a higher rate.
What are the types of options that could count for college credit?
- Dual enrollment: students take a college-level course taught by college faculty at the college, at the high school site, or online.
- Advanced Placement exams: students take a rigorous high school course taught by a trained high school teacher. Students take a national AP exam – qualifying exam scores determine eligibility for college credit based on the receiving institution’s policy on challenge exams.
- Articulated high-school-to-college-level technical course completion: high school technical courses taught by a high school teacher are aligned and articulated to a college course and college-level learning. Students earn college credit by completing the course with a qualifying grade, completing a credit application and submitting transcripts to the college.
- CLEP® (College-Level Examination Program) Exam credit: A qualifying score on this national exam may allow students to receive college credit for what they already know.
Can a student earn a post-secondary degree or credential while completing a high school diploma simultaneously?
Yes – as long as 25% of total credits in the post-secondary credential or degree are earned in courses taught by faculty of the degree-granting institution.