For Prospective School District Partners

The OECA provides opportunities for high school students to earn college credit by taking courses offered through a variety of early college programs.

Every course taken through an early college experience is equivalent to the same course offered at Massasoit Community College. 

EARLY COLLEGE PROGRAMS AT A GLANCE

Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership*

The Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership provides opportunities for Massachusetts high school students to take college-level courses at a discounted price and earn credit toward high school completion and their future college degrees.  Priority is given to first-generation college students and students interested in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). 

  • Students who may not have had the opportunity to participate in an early college experience due to financial circumstances are encouraged to apply.
  • Students may be eligible for one free class per semester.
  • Students are selected on a first-come, first-served basis and new students are given priority.
  • All students must be approved by the Office of Early College Access.
  • State funding is limited and approved on a yearly basis.
  • Students under the age of 16 are required to meet criteria for Youth Learner Policy.

Information about the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment partnership

Massasoit Dual Enrollment Partnership*

Massasoit Community College offers a reduced tuition rate of $50.00 per credit hour for qualified high school students, whereby students can enroll in courses any time after 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or anytime on Saturday, Sunday or online.#  The college course may be used for credit at the high school ONLY with approval from the respective high school.  College credit will ONLY be granted if the course is a transferable college level course, approved by the receiving college or institution. 

  • Students are limited to two reduced tuition courses per semester.
  • Students must submit paperwork to the Office of Early College Access in order to be approved for the reduced tuition.
  • Courses with enrollments under 12 may be cancelled.
  • Students must meet the prerequisite for the selected course.

#Note:  The cost for a three-credit course is $150.00; the cost for a four-credit course is $200.00.  Additionally, students are required to pay for lab, or special course fees, books and supplies. 

Information about the Massasoit Dual Enrollment partnership

Gateway to College*

Gateway to College is a comprehensive early college high school program that enables qualified, motivated youth from partner school districts to earn a high school diploma while accruing college credits.  Although all activities take place on the college campus, students are still enrolled in high school and receive a high school diploma from the district in which they live.  Students earn an average of 29 college credits upon graduating from the program. 

More information about Gateway to College at Massasoit

*eligibility requirements apply

POLICIES FOR OTHER EARLY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITIES

Homeschool Policy

All homeschooled students without a high school diploma or GED/HiSET are eligible to apply for admission to a degree or certificate program, provided they have successfully completed an approved homeschool program in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws or the laws of their home states.  To determine whether a student has participated in an approved homeschool program, the student shall submit, with the application for admission, evidence that the homeschool program was approved by the student’s school district’s superintendent or school committee. Additionally, if the homeschooled student is under the age of compulsory attendance, which is 16 years old in Massachusetts, a letter from the student’s school district’s superintendent or school committee is required stating that the student is not considered truant and would not be required to attend further schooling or continue to be homeschooled if the student has completed his or her home school program before the age of 16. 

The College reserves the right to limit or deny enrollment to a student under the age of 16 in a course or program based on its case-by-case consideration of a variety of factors, including but not limited to: the student’s maturity, life experience, placement test scores, prior education, course content, instructional methodology, and risks associated with a particular course or program. 

Youth Learner Enrollment

Students below the traditional age-level for college will be considered for credit and non-credit courses, with the exception of sports camps, on a case-by-case basis. The Youth Learner Request to Enroll Form must be completed and approved for enrollment. Youth Learners must comply with the Youth Learner Policy and Procedures in order to qualify for credit and non-credit courses.  The Youth Learner Request to Enroll Form may be obtained at the Registrar’s Office on the Brockton Campus, the Enrollment Center on the Canton Campus, the Dean of Students Office in Brockton (SC208), the office of the Senior Vice President of the Canton Campus (C100), the main office in Middleborough, or on the website under Admissions.