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College Credits

In many of our CRTC programs, students can earn college credit at little or no cost while still in high school, jumpstarting their postsecondary plans and cutting down on the time and money it takes to get their degree. These Community College System of New Hampshire dual and concurrent enrollment programs are called Running Start, Early College and the Governor’s STEM Scholarships. Some CRTC programs have Articulation Agreements, which allow students postsecondary credit and a jumpstart to more advanced courses in college.

Running Start courses are college courses taught by high school teachers with college-level credentials using a college syllabus and course materials. These courses are taken as a part of the student’s daily CRTC class schedule and successful students earn both college and high school credits. Courses are offered to CRTC students for just $150, and financial aid is available.

Early College enables high school students to take on-campus NH Community College courses at half the regular tuition rate. Much like Running Start, students can earn both high school and college credit, which saves them money by giving them a jumpstart on college graduation requirements.

Governor’s STEM Scholarships pay full tuition for all science, technology, engineering and math courses taken through Running Start or Early College. Students can take two college level STEM courses per academic year for free.

Articulation Agreements for a CRTC course mean that the partnering postsecondary school has determined that the high school course is comparable to one of its own courses. This allows completing students to get college credit either for the course or for an independent study, and/or to go directly into the more advanced courses when they reach college.

For more information on College Credit opportunities in your program, please talk to your CRTC teacher or come by the CRTC office.