SCC Early College Program
The Early College Program is a dual enrollment program at SCC that lets high school students earn both high school and college credit at the same time.
As a high school senior, Tatum Beck enrolled into the SCC dual enrollment program starting in the fall of 2017. Since then, Tatum has maintained a stellar collegiate GPA, served as a SCC Dual Enrollment Ambassador, and stayed active in the SCC community. Tatum decided to stay at SCC after high school and is looking to earn an Associate of Science degree before continuing her education further.
Early College at SCC Helps You...
- Find out what college is like before graduating from high school...
- Get a head start on college classes...
- Get college experience while still in high school...
- Save money on college tuition by graduating quicker.
Learn from college instructors.
Early College courses are taught by SCC faculty – all of whom meet the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) credential requirements.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for the Early College Program students must be at least 16 years of age and have completed their sophomore year in high school. Students must also meet individual course eligibility requirements based on one or more of the following multiple measures:
- ACT minimum score of 22 in Math and 19 in English
- SAT (taken prior to March 2016) minimum score of 560 in Math and 480 in Critical Reading
- SAT (taken March 2016 or after) minimum score of 580 in Math and 510 in Evidence Based Reading and Writing
- Students with a weighted 3.0 High School GPA may place into dual enrollment courses without taking the College placement test with parental and school superintendent approval indicated on the SCC Early College Permission and Registration Form. Individual high schools and career/technology centers may adopt additional requirements for placing students in dual enrollment courses. Students should consult with their high school guidance counselor for more information on what their school requires.
How can I enroll in the Early College Program?
Talk with your parents or guardian, and meet with a high school guidance counselor to see if Early College is right for you. Contact Early College staff at firstname.lastname@example.org and request more information on the Early College Program or follow the steps to enrollment below.
For more information ...
Meet with your high school counselor and call Early College staff at (864) 592-4256 or email email@example.com.
Credits earned before high school graduation do not count against semester limits for the LIFE scholarship.
Steps to Enroll in Early College Program
Visit SCC Admissions Center
Visit the SCC Admissions Center at any SCC campus location to discuss enrollment in the SCC Early College Program with an Early College Counselor.
Apply to Early College
Complete the following forms and return them to the SCC Admissions Center -
- Early College Prospect and Application Form
- Early College Permission and Registration Form
- Lottery Tuition Assistance FAFSA Waiver Form
- SCC Admissions Appeal Form for Early College Admission - if you will not be 16 years old or a high school junior by the day classes begin.
There is no application fee for applying. You will need to consult with your high school or career center guidance counselor for approval to take dual credit classes and to obtain their signature on the application.
Submit Entrance Test Scores or Take Placement Assessment
Provide placement testing/assessment scores, ACT or SAT scores to determine eligibility for SCC classes. The placement skills assessments may be administered at your high school or career center. If not, visit the Admissions Center and complete the placement testing.
Confirm Acceptance, See Advisor & Register
Pay Tuition & Fees
Follow up with the Financial Aid Office and the Business Office to confirm that your tuition and fees are paid.
Don’t get deleted! If you have not paid your tuition by the specified deletion dates, you will lose your class schedule and have to pay $75 to re-register.
Once tuition and fees are paid, obtain your parking decal at the Business Office, have your SCC student ID made in the Admissions Center, and purchase books for classes at The Book Inn.
Congrats! Now you are ready for classes!
Ashley McCollum: Getting a Head Start
Ashley McCollum learned of the SCC Early College program through her Dorman High School counselor, Tiffany Sherbert, who recommended that Ashley begin to see what college classes is all about. Ashley states, “I thought that dual enrollment would be a good fit for me and I wanted to see what college was like.” Ashley discussed the opportunity with her parents and all agreed that not only could she do this, they felt this would be a great chance for Ashley to become college ready. Ashley says that she gained confidence after taking Political Science 201 and Economics 210 in the fall 2018 semester during which she got a taste of what it takes to be successful on a college level. Ashley also expressed that her Macroeconomics class challenged her in a good way, because she had to think from another perspective in order to grasp the principles. However, she stressed that she had to find study strategies, attend study sessions with the instructor, and use other important college skills to master the Macroeconomics course. Mrs. McCollum says, “I am glad that Ashley had to learn how to work through and find the answer for a challenging course like this. It taught her not to quit or give up, but rather find a way to get help and overcome when a course gets tough.”