Early College Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Who is eligible for the Early College Program?
A: High school juniors or seniors.

Q: Can high school freshman and sophomores enroll in the Early College Program?
A: Generally speaking, no. Requests for students who are not high school juniors or seniors will be reviewed by case. Please contact the Off-Campus/Early College Programs Office for additional information.

Q: What are the requirements for the Early College Program?
A: Students must have:

  • A minimum 2.0 high school grade point average (GPA)
  • Meet course prerequisites by standardized tests scores (SAT's) or college placement test (ACCUPLACER)
  • Permission from the secondary school/guardian
  • Have written parental permission (for students under 18 years of age); and
  • Understand the amount of work necessary to succeed in college courses will be greater than in high school courses
  • Maintain a grade of C or better in each college course

Q: How can I apply for admission to the Early College Program?
A: You can apply online (HERE).

Q: How to determine if you need a placement test?
A: All new Early College students are required to take the college placement test. Placement testing will be waived for applicants who submit documentation of having scored both 500+ in Verbal and 500+ in Math on the SATs.

Q: Where can I find information about Placement Testing?
A: Click HERE for Placement Testing information.

Q: Where is the Off-Campus/Early College Programs Office located?
A: The Off-Campus/Early College Programs Office is located on main campus in the Admissions & Administrative Building (Building #5). Visitors should obtain a visitor's parking pass to display in their vehicle. Passes may be obtained from the Campus Security.

Q: When do classes start?
A: Fall Semester: August/September
Spring Semester: January
Full Summer (10 Weeks): May/June
Summer I (5 Weeks): June
Intermediate Summer (10 Weeks): June
Summer II (5 Weeks): July
Click HERE for current Academic Calendar.

Q: Are high school students allowed to enroll for summer classes?
A: Yes. Upon completion of your sophomore year of high school students can begin taking college classes.

Q: How do I choose my classes?
A: Students must receive approval for their course selections from their high school guidance counselor. Students must also meet the established college course prerequisite and co-requisite requirements as identified in the course descriptions in the LCCC catalog.

Q: Are all college courses available for early college enrollment?
A: No. High school students can register for courses that do not have a prerequisite or for courses where the prerequisite has been fulfilled. High school students cannot register for classes that are in selective admission programs such as Nursing, Dental Hygiene, or developmental courses.

Q: How is an Early College Program course different from an Advanced Placement (AP) course?
A: The primary difference is college credit is attained by successfully completing the requirements of the course, rather than earning a necessary score on an exam as is the case with an AP course. Students should speak with their guidance counselors for help deciding what options are best for them.

Q: Can I transfer LCCC credits to other colleges or Universities?
A: Yes, LCCC has many transfer agreements with colleges and universities throughout the United States. Typically a grade of C or better is required to transfer credit to another academic institution. It is the student's responsibility to contact the college or university they plan on attending to ensure that the courses will be accepted at those institutions.

Q: What is the maximum number of college credits that an Early College student can take?
A: Students can earn a maximum of 48 college credits throughout the Early College Program. A maximum of 24 college credits can be taken per year. Students who wish to take more than 24 credits per year are not eligible for the reduced tuition rate.

Q: How do college credits earned though the Early College Program appear on my LCCC transcript?
A: Coursework completed through the Early College Program is posted in the same manner as any other LCCC collegiate coursework showing credit hours and grade earned.

Q: Will Early College Program classes show up on my high school transcript?
A: Please check with your high school guidance office for their policy on how college classes are listed on a student's high school transcript.

Q: What are the office hours of the Off-Campus/Early College Programs Office?
A: 8:00am - 4:00p.m. Monday - Friday.

Q: How can I change my address information?
A: You will need to complete a change of address form in the Admissions Office.

Q: Where is LCCC located?
A: The main campus of Luzerne County Community College is located at 521 Trailblazer Drive in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. LCCC also offers courses at off-campus sites throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Q: How much does it cost to attend Early College classes at LCCC?
A: See Early College Tuition and Fees for a current list of tuition costs at LCCC.

Q: Is Financial Aid available for the Early College Program?
A: No. College-based financial aid is not available for high school students.

Q: When do I pay for classes?
A: Tuition must be paid during the registration process and is due prior to the start of classes. PAY IN PERSON: Business Office Building 5, Room 509 521 Trailblazer Drive Nanticoke, Pa 18634-3899 Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm If you have any questions on your tuition bill, please contact the Business Office at bo@luzerne.edu, 1-800-377-5222 ext. 7362, ext. 7364 or ext. 7365.

Q: When are classes offered?
A: LCCC offers day, evening, weekend and online classes. Go to Self Service to view a complete list of classes and Campus Locations for more detailed information on all campus sites throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Q: Who is responsible for advising the Early College high school students?
A: Advising is primarily the responsibility of the high school. However, students may also seek input from the LCCC Off-Campus/Early College Program Office

Q: Can students add or change an Early College Course after the classes begin?
A: Yes, Early College students can Drop or Add classes to their schedule during the first 2 days of classes. Students are permitted to enter day and evening courses until the end of the first week of the semester. This process can be completed via Early College Program Office.

Q: Can students Withdraw from an Early College Course after the Drop or Add time period?
A: Yes, Early College Students can Drop a course by completing the Course Change Form, copies of which may be obtained at the Early College Program Office. A student may drop a course according to the following schedule: Fall and Spring Semesters - First through tenth week of the semester; Summer Semester (Main Campus) - First Day of classes in the fourth week; Summer Semester (Extension Centers) - First through seventh week of semester. A grade of "W" for each course is recorded on the student's transcript if the withdrawal is completed after the refund period. If a student fails to complete a course change form or does not adhere to the above deadline, a grade of "F" will be recorded on the student's transcript. Please refer to the College refund policy on page 177 of the College Catalog for information relative to refunds during the first three weeks of classes.

Q: What if I decide I don't want to take Early College Course(s) once the semester has started?
A: Students must complete an Official Withdraw Form to be "formally" dropped from all classes. Official withdrawals need to be completed by the student in person. This process can be completed via the Early College Program Office. Students are expected to adhere to deadlines each semester published in the College Calendar. See the Student Intranet or the College Catalog for more information.

Q: What do I need to do if I want to attend LCCC when I graduate?
A: Early College students wishing to continue taking LCCC courses after high school must formally apply to the college.

Q: How do I get a student e-mail address?
A: LCCC students may obtain an email address at http://studentportal.luzerne.edu.

Q: How do I get a Self Service account?
A: Once your application is processed, you will receive an email from LCCC with your username and temporary password. You can access Self Service by going to https://self-service.luzerne.edu.

Q: What learning support services are available?
A: LCCC provides support services to assist students in meeting their learning goals. Tutoring, Seminars on Study Skills and Special Needs services are available. Click Student Support Services for more information.

Q: Where can students park on campus?
A: Student parking on campus is free of charge and permitted in designated areas only. All vehicles on campus must be registered with the Campus Security Department. Parking and traffic violations are enforced by Campus Security on a regular basis.

If you have any additional questions regarding the Early College Program application and registration process which are not answered in the FAQ, contact the LCCC Off-Campus/Early College Program Office (800) 377-5222, ext. 7482 or 7352 or call direct at (570) 740-0482 or (570) 740-0352 or Fax: (570) 740-0356 or e-mail: earlycollege@luzerne.edu.