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Why Early College?

Students place less often into developmental education when they transition into higher education.
Students accelerate their learning in a field of interest.
Students gain a sense of belonging in higher education.
Students earn early college credit at a reduced cost, making higher education attainment more affordable.
Students tend to enroll full-time-in higher education and complete their degree at a higher rate.

Early College Students Graduate, Attend College at Higher Rates

Using the federal definition of four-year graduation:
90 PERCENT of early college students graduate high school vs. the national rate of 78 percent

Plus, it costs them less time and money to earn a postsecondary credential
94 PERCENT of early college graduates earn some college credit for free;
The average grad earns 38 COLLEGE CREDITS, saving:

  • 30 percent off a Bachelor's degree; or
  • 60 percent off an Associate degree.

Nearly one-quarter of students actually earn degrees by the time they finish high school:
30 PERCENT of graduates at early colleges open 4+ years have earned an Associate or college certificate along with their high school diploma!

The next semester after graduation early college:
71 PERCENT of graduates enroll in college vs. the national rate of 68 percent.

SOURCE: Early College Design Service, Jobs for the Future

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