Cumberland Reduces Tuition for Early College High School Program

Monday, March 13, 2017
Cumberland County College has made it easier, and more affordable, for high school students to get a jump on earning an associate degree.

Any in-county high school or homeschooled student who enrolls in the Early College High School program at Cumberland County College is eligible for a reduced tuition rate of $85 per credit. The goal of the program is to allow students to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree by the end of their senior year in high school, making it a great option for financially savvy families.

The college-level courses are taught by college-qualified instructors, using Cumberland County College’s required textbooks and curriculum. Dual enrollment courses are also available to high school students during the summer. Once a student successfully completes a dual enrollment course, they receive college credit.

Early College High School program courses will be administered in a variety of ways—on Cumberland’s campus, at the high school or online.

“This semester the college is offering ‘Intro to Sociology’ after hours at Bridgeton and Millville high schools,” said Dr. James Piccone, Cumberland’s Executive Dean of Academic Affairs. “We are looking to expand the credit offerings to all the county’s high schools in the fall. Next year, we plan to have a full dual enrollment program with Scarpa Technical Education Center that links to their programs.”

The pilot program at Bridgeton High School will serve 50 students by offering three programs—Agriculture, Network Management/Cyber Security, and Business Management/Entrepreneurship. A similar program with Scarpa TEC will offer programs of study in Allied Health, Business/Information Technology, Communications/Graphic Design, Engineering Technology and Law Enforcement.

“The families of students who are enrolled in the program can save some $60 per credit. That is a savings of more than $180 per course, and an average savings of $4,000 per program,” explained Piccone.

Through grants and other funding, many students can enroll in Dual Enrollment courses free of charge.

“Early college programs open the door to higher education for high school students. This approach blends high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program,” Piccone added. “The opportunity saves money and shortens the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college.”

For more information, contact Jennifer Sweeney at 856-200-4548 or email: jsweeney@cccnj.edu