Early College

Through the Flexible Pathways Initiative, Vermont's Early College Program (ECP) has made funds available to students accepted into full-time programs that are developed and operated by one of the Vermont State Colleges or an accredited private postsecondary school located in Vermont, and that are approved for operation by the Secretary of Education.

Student Eligibility

  • Resident of Vermont
  • High school senior enrolled in a school that is publicly funded including a Vermont career technical center, approved independent high school and are publicly funded by their hometowns, High School Completion Program, and Home Study students.

Student Requirements

  • Students must get approval for their participation from their high school principal or designee in order to assure that the student is academically ready for college courses and to ensure that the high school graduation requirements will be met through college courses.
  • Students wanting to participate in the Early College program must have the program documented in their Personalized Learning Plan.

Approved Early College Program Partners

The following colleges have been approved to offer an Early College Programs for the 2017-2018 academic year. Contact the approved college directly to apply.

Castleton University
Kelley Beckwith, Director of Academic Services
(802) 468-1321

Community College of Vermont
Natalie Searle, Director of Secondary Education Initiatives   
(802) 885-8368

Goddard College
Josh Castle, Registrar
(802) 322-1672

Johnson State College - Northern Vermont University
Joye Lyon, Associate Director of Admissions
(802) 635-1218

Lyndon State College - Northern Vermont University
Trevor Barski, Associate Director of Admissions
(802) 626-4848

Norwich University
Ryan Smith, Assistant Director of Admissions
(802) 485-2033

Vermont Technical College, Vermont Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)
Steven Airoldi, Assistant Director of Secondary Initiatives
(802) 728-1337

Learn More about Early College

For Students

Early College Program Overview

  • Students must get permission from their high school principal in order to participate (or in the case of home study students their parent/guardian);
  • Students apply for admission to one of seven colleges offering the Early College program;
  • Student must enroll in courses full-time for both the fall and spring semesters;
  • Courses must satisfy high school graduation requirements so that students graduate from high school at the end of the spring semester;
  • Students must un-enroll from high school and re-enroll at the end of spring semester to get their high school diploma; and
  • Students pay for textbooks, lab fees, materials fees, and any other costs associated.
    • Home Study Students:
    • Post-secondary program options for high school students
    • Can I play sports at my high school or on the college campus instead while in the Early College Program?
      • If a student is in the Early College Program and they are involved in sports at their high school it is the high school's decision whether the student can continue to participate. If the student wants to play college sports, s/he must check with the Athletics Director at the college to make sure they are eligible to play.
    • Is there financial assistance available for the Early College Program?
      • In order for Early College students to be considered for the Vermont State Grant and/or textbook stipend, students need to complete the online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and VSAC Incentive Grant application. Although high school students are not eligible for federal grants or loans, VSAC uses the FAFSA to make state-based awards. Please contact VSAC for more information at (800)-642-3177.

For High Schools

  • Early College Program Manual
  • What is the process for students who wish to participate in Early College?
    • Students must have the Early College element written into their Personalized Learning Plan (PLP). For a student in a high school, the high school develops and maintains the plan. For students in the home study program, the parent or guardian is responsible for developing and maintaining the plan.
    • The student must apply to one of the partnering colleges. Once accepted to college, the student:
      • Must have the Principal of the high school approve and sign off that the student is ready for the EC Program. In the case of a home study student, the Home Study parent has to approve the student is ready. Note: When principals approved participation in ECP, they agree to waive any senior-year mandated courses, projects or requirements that would only be accessible to enrolled students. It is incumbent on the approving secondary school to ensure the student's intended ECP coursework is in alignment with the school's graduation requirements.
      • Must un-enroll from the high school or home study program;
      • Shall be enrolled as a full-time student at the college;
      • Is responsible for applicable fees and textbook costs.
    • At the end of the school year, the student must re-enroll at their high school in order to get their diploma. Home study students do not need to re-enroll in the home study program because they are not issued diplomas (with the exception of home study students in the Vermont Technical College Vermont Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) program).

For any 12th grade student enrolled in VAST and/or in any eligible Vermont Early College program, the credits and grades earned shall, upon the request of the student or the student’s parent or guardian, be applied toward graduation requirements at the Vermont secondary school that the student attended prior to enrolling in the early college program.

Note: VAST is an independent high school that issues high school diplomas. VAST students have the option, if they so choose, to earn a diploma from their sending school. In this case, they would need to re-enroll in their sending school prior to receiving their diploma.

For Colleges/Universities

Contact Us

Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Rebecca Holcombe
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

(802) 479-1030 | aoe.edinfo@vermont.gov
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