With the 2013 passage of the Flexible Pathways bill (Act77), Vermont’s Early College Program has expanded with funds being made available to students beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year for programs that are developed and operated or overseen by one of the Vermont State Colleges, by the University of Vermont, or by an accredited private postsecondary school located in Vermont and that is approved for operation by the Secretary.
Highlights of Act 77 include:
- Colleges and Universities may develop an early admission program that allows high school seniors to take a full year of college-level classes while completing their high school degree. The Early College Program (ECP) simultaneously serves as a student’s senior year of high school and a full year of college credit. Students may take a year-long course of study in any discipline.
- Funding for the accepted high school seniors is an amount equal to 87 percent of the base education. The Vermont Secretary of Education shall make payment directly to the postsecondary institution, which shall accept the amount as full payment of the student’s tuition.
- Lastly, postsecondary institutions other than CCV and VAST shall not enroll more than 18 Vermont students in one academic year.