High School to College
Early College for ME
Early College for ME is for students who are undecided about college, yet who have the potential to succeed in college. Students are selected by their high school. If you are interested, check with your high school guidance office. If you are selected to participate in Early College for ME, fill out our quick and easy application and open the door to your future!
Early College for ME offers college courses to students during the senior year of high school. If available, and if your high school approves, you may be able to take one or two community college courses during your senior year. ECforME pays for tuition, fees, and books. Your guidance counselor and our staff can help you decide whether a course is right for you.
Who Is Eligible?
Students are selected by their high school, during the junior year, to participate in Early College for ME. If you are interested, check with your high school guidance officer.
To be selected, a student must be—
- A junior in good standing and a responsible member of the school community;
- A Maine resident for at least one year before entering the first year at a Maine community college;
- Upon acceptance into college, able to attend college full time (minimum of 12 credit hours per semester) for consecutive semesters in a program of study; and
- Capable of succeeding in college but having no plans yet for college.
In addition, schools may also take into consideration your financial need and whether you would be the first member of your family to attend college.
How to Apply
Once selected, interested students fill out the quick and easy application and have it signed by their parent or guardian. The Early College for ME application serves as the student’s scholarship and early college course application.
On Course for College
On Course for College offers high school students a portfolio of activities, including dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, articulated credit, and defined programs of study, to enhance the transition from high school to the college setting. Many of these opportunities are funded in part or fully by the College and its secondary partners.
Under the auspices of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Improvement Act of 2006, NMCC works in partnership with Maine’s CTE regions and centers, their sending schools, business and industry, and communities to prepare students for success in the workplace or at the next level of learning.
Students who participate in On Course for College activities while still in high school could gain the following advantages:
- transferable college credits awarded at a significantly reduced cost to the student;
- less duplication of coursework at high school and college;
- advanced standing in his/her program of study;
- a more efficient and effective transition from high school to college.
Interested students should check with their local CTE school or the On Course for College office at 207-768-2771 for more information.
This program, funded by the Maine Department of Education, the Maine Community College System and the College, enables qualified Maine high school students to receive a full tuition waiver at NMCC for the first course each semester and a 50 percent tuition waiver for the second course (up to a maximum of six credits/two courses) each semester. This applies to courses taken while simultaneously enrolled in a Maine high school.
- No more than six credits per student per fall or spring semester.
- Maine HS juniors or seniors with high school recommendation.
- Parent or guardian’s approval.
- Students under the age of 18 must have a Minor Release form on file at NMCC.
- Not to be used in conjunction with or as a replacement for any other tuition reduction program (except as stated above currently available for Maine high school students (e.g. early admission, Early College for ME, etc.).
- Student must satisfy all course prerequisite conditions, which may include completion of Accuplacer testing, and must adhere to all college rules and regulations, including attendance requirements.
- Courses available under the program are limited to those taught by direct, on-site instruction.
- Students and/or their families are responsible for costs including tuition (if class credit hours exceed program maximum), books, supplies and/or other related expenses.
- Withdrawal from or failure to complete the course may void the waiver.
Funds and course space are limited and are available on a first-come, first-qualified, first-served basis.
Students may complete college-level coursework while in high school. Courses are taught by qualified CTE instructors with the College’s syllabus and materials. Students earn both high school and college credit for their work.