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College Classes for High School Students - Career & College Promise

As a North Carolina public high school student, you have a unique opportunity to earn college credits while you are still in high school. In fact, you can earn both high school and college credit at the same time and at no cost to you.  You could even leave high school with enough credits to qualify as a college junior.

Check out the links below to learn how you can get a jump start on your college career.

Career & College Promise Link to Career & College Promise

North Carolina high school students can earn college credits through a special initiative called Career & College Promise. Qualified students in high schools can take a variety of college-credit courses at no cost to them or to their families. Students earn both high school and college credit for completed courses.

Courses are offered during fall, spring, and summer through the North Carolina Community College System.

Career & College Promise provides three pathways to help advance eligible students’ posthigh school success:

College Transfer – Earn tuition-free course credits toward a four-year degree through North Carolina’s community colleges.

Technical Career – Earn tuition-free course credits at an NC Community College toward an entry-level job credential, certificate or diploma in a technical career.

Cooperative Innovative High Schools (limited availability) – Begin earning tuition-free college credits as a high-school freshman by attending a Cooperative Innovative High School.

Career & College Promise information at NC Department of Public Instruction

Career & College Promise information at North Carolina Community Colleges