Students place less often into developmental education when they transition into higher
Students accelerate their learning in a field of interest.
Students gain a sense of belonging in higher education.
Students earn early college credit at a reduced cost, making higher education attainment
Students tend to enroll full-time-in higher education and complete their degree at
a higher rate.
Early College Students Graduate, Attend College at Higher Rates
Using the federal definition of four-year graduation:90 PERCENT of early college students graduate high school vs. the national rate of 78 percent
Plus, it costs them less time and money to earn a postsecondary credential94 PERCENT of early college graduates earn some college credit for free; The average grad earns
38 COLLEGE CREDITS, saving:
30 percent off a Bachelor's degree; or
60 percent off an Associate degree.
Nearly one-quarter of students actually earn degrees by the time they finish high
school:30 PERCENT of graduates at early colleges open 4+ years have earned an Associate or college
certificate along with their high school diploma!
The next semester after graduation early college:71 PERCENT of graduates enroll in college vs. the national rate of 68 percent.
SOURCE: Early College Design Service, Jobs for the Future
Background Research on Early College
Research shows that Early College contributes to improved access to higher education,
accelerated degree progress, and long-term economic benefits for participating students.
Several groups have explored the impact of early college programs: