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  • Early College - Frequently Asked Questions


    Getting Started

    Q: How do I get started in the Early College program?

    A: To get started complete the following steps.
    1. Contact your high school counselor and inform them of your interest in the program. They will provide you with all of the district requirements.
    2. Apply to PCC at Pueblocc.edu
    3. Take the Accuplacer, ACT or SAT for course placement
    4. Get advised by an Early College advisor

    Q: How old do I have to be to get started?

    A: According to House Bill 1319, students can be in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade. Contact your high school counselor for specific school policies.

    Q: What grade can I start?

    A: Students can start early college as early as 9th grade at some schools. Contact your high school counselor for specific school policies.

    Q: What are the requirements to participate in the Early College program?

    A: Contact your high school counselor for specific school requirements.

    Q: How do I know if my child is accepted to the program?

    A: The school district will either mail or email your child’s acceptance or denial letter.

    Q: What does it cost to participate?

    A: Cost will vary depending on the amount of classes enrolled, program of interest and school. The school district typically pays for tuition only and students may be required to pay for fees and/or books. Please meet with your high school counselor or a PCC Early College representative for more information.

    Q: Where do I return my paperwork?

    A: Early College Full-Time applications should be returned to your high school counselor as well as, all Concurrent Enrollment Registration forms.

    Q: Where do I go to get advised?

    A: Generally, first time concurrent enrollment students are advised at their school by a PCC advisor. Students are able to make advising appointments in April (fall enrollment) and November (spring enrollment). Students may also get advised at PCC by an Early College advisor. All continuing students must be advised at PCC by an Early College advisor. Call 719-549-3177 to schedule an appointment. Please contact your high school counselor for your school’s advising process. The advising department is located in the Student Center building (corner of Orman and Harrison) at the Go!Zone.

    Q: I am a continuing student, where do I get advised?

    A: All continuing students must get advised at PCC by an Early College advisor. Call 719-549-3177 to schedule an appointment. The advising department is located in the Student Center building in the Go!Zone.

    Q: Do I need to register for classes each semester?

    A: Yes, all students need to register for classes each semester. Schedule an appointment with an advisor prior to the semester ending. . Call 719-549-3177 to schedule an appointment. The advising department is located in the Student Center building in the Go!Zone.

    Q: What’s the difference between part-time and full-time?

    A: Part time students are limited to two classes or up to 10 credit hours and still have classes at their high school. Full-time students may take 12 or more credit hours and may not be attending any high school courses. An additional application must be submitted by your school district.

    Q: Who is my advisor?

    A: All Early College students must meet with a PCC Early College advisor for advising. Please contact the Early College program for more information. 719-549-3177.

    Q: How do I become a full time Early College student?

    A: Students need to apply for full time status. Please contact your high school counselor for more information.

    Q: Can I take classes online?

    A: Typically, students are not able enroll in on-line classes. Please meet with your high school counselor for more information.

    Q: Can I take classes during the summer?

    A: Students are not able to enroll in summer classes through their school. They can enroll and self-pay. Ask permission for dual enrollment from your school district if you’re interested.

    Q: Do my classes count towards High School graduation requirement?

    A: Yes, some high schools will count your college classes towards your high school graduation requirements. Please contact your high school counselor for more details.

    Q: What is the difference between AP, IB, STS and Early College?

    A: Concurrent Enrollment classes are guaranteed transfer courses where others (AP, IB or STS) may not transfer. In May 2009, the Colorado State Legislature passed House Bill 09-1319 and Senate Bill 09-285, the Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act. The Act created the concurrent enrollment program, defined as the simultaneous enrollment of a qualified student in a local education provider and in one or more postsecondary courses, including academic or career and technical education courses, which may include course work related to apprenticeship programs or internship programs, at an institution of higher education. The collective intent is to broaden access to and improve the quality of concurrent enrollment programs, improve coordination between institutions of secondary education and institutions of higher education and ensure financial transparency and accountability. Taken from CDE website. Contact your high school counselor for more information on AP, IB or STS courses. Taken from CDE website.

    Q: What is a Guarantee Transfer (GT) course?

    A: Guarantee Transfer courses are classes that are guaranteed to transfer to any 4-year public university in Colorado. Please check with receiving institutions for specific transfer information.

    Q: Will the words “Early College” show up on my transcript?

    A: No. Your PCC transcripts will only show that you attended PCC and reference the exact class that you participated in. Nowhere on your transcript will it say early college, concurrent enrollment or high school in reference to the courses you have taken at PCC.

    Q: What’s the difference between high school and college classes?

    Q: Why do I have to pay fees?

    A: This is mandated by the school, not PCC. Students may be required to pay fees based on the Early College program in which they are enrolled. Part-time students are responsible for their fees and books unless they are enrolled in a CTE program (this varies from school to school). Please contact your high school counselor or a PCC Early College representative for more information regarding your schools policy.

    Q: What do my fees pay for?

    A: Student fees consist of the following: Student Center Operations, Parking, Associated Government, Student Activities, Recreation Center, Registration, and Health Clinic.

    Q: Will my student be able to receive scholarships if they transfer to another school?

    A: Yes, after high school graduation students are classified as first year students with credit which means that they will still qualify for first year scholarships. They may also qualify for transfer scholarships as well. Contact the receiving institution for specific scholarship information.

    Q: Can home-school students participate in early college?

    A: Yes, home school students may participate in early college. There are two different ways to participate. 1. Students may self-pay for all tuition, fees and books. Students under 17 need to complete an underage form available from the colleges Admissions office. 2. Student can associate themselves with a school and have them pay the tuition. Contact a PCC Early College representative for more information.

    Q: What is ASCENT or 5th Year?

    A: ASCENT stands for Accelerating Students through Concurrent ENrollmenT. Students who have completed at least 12 credit hours of postsecondary course prior to completion of his/her 12th grade year may be eligible for the ASCENT Program. They remain students in their Local Education Provider (LEP) for one year following their 12th grade year, and the LEP receives ASCENT specific per-pupil state funding that it uses to pay their college tuition at the resident community college rate. Students receive their high-school diplomas at the end of their ASCENT year. [C.R.S. § 22-35-108] Taken from CDE website.

    Q: How can I participate in the ASCENT program?

    A: Contact your high school counselor and inform them of your interest in the program. They will provide you with the districts requirements.

    Accuplacer

    Q: Where do I take the Accuplacer?

    A: The Accuplacer test can be taken at PCC in the Testing Center which is located in the Academic Building (corner of Orman and Arthur). Walk-ins are welcome. They can be contacted at 719-549-3091 for appointments or questions.

    Q: How much does the Accuplacer test cost?

    A: The Accuplacer can cost up to $10 for all three sections. Please contact your high school counselor for testing information.

    Q: What do I need to bring with me to take the Accuplacer test?

    A:
    • State issued ID with picture.
    • Accuplacer voucher with your PCC S# if applicable.

    Q: How long does the test take to complete?

    A: If you are taking all 3 sections (English, Reading and Math) you should plan to test for 2 hours. If you are re-testing a section, you should plan to test for 35 minutes. Please contact The Testing Center for hours to give yourself adequate time to test. 719-549-3091

    Q: Is there a practice test?

    A: There is a variety of helpful resources available such as practice test, description of test, etc.

    Q: Do I need to meet the minimum score requirements for Reading, English and Math to participate in the Early College Program?

    A: Contact your high school counselor for specific school policies or a PCC Advisor.

    Q: My Accuplacer scores are not high enough, can I still take courses?

    A: Students must meet minimum score requirements to take classes, depending on what classes you would like to take. Please speak with a PCC Early College representative for more information.

    Q: What Accuplacer/ACT/SAT score do I need to participate?

    A: Your program of study and classes will determine the minimum score requirements. A combination of test scores from the various test types will be accepted to meet minimum score requirements. Please contact a PCC Early College representative for more information. 719-549-3177

    Billing

    Q: Why did I receive a bill?

    A: Students that are taking Guaranteed Transfer courses must pay fees according to school district policy (this varies between school districts). Call your PCC Early College Advisor to find out what kind of courses you are taking. Bills are viewable on the myPCC Portal under the Student Finance tab.

    Q: Why did I receive a bill in the mail? I thought the school paid for tuition.

    A: If you are a part-time concurrent enrollment student your school district typically only pays for tuition and the student is responsible for fees and books with exception to CTE programs (this varies from school to school). Students enrolled in a CTE program will have their tuition, fees and books paid for by the district. Full-time students will typically have their tuition and fees paid for by the district and the student will have to pay for their own books. Contact an Early College representative regarding your bill or your high school counselor for specific school policies.

    Q: Where do I pay my bill?

    A: Bills may be paid at the Cashiers office which is located in the Student Center building. You may also pay your bill online with a credit card through your portal.

    Transfer

    Q: How do I transfer my PCC credits to another school?

    A: Students will need to request an official transcript from the admissions department. Please check your PCC Portal for transfer information or contact the admissions department for more details.

    Q: Can I transfer university credits back to PCC to earn an associate’s degree?

    Yes, by reverse transfer.

    Q: What is a reverse-transfer?

    A: A reverse transfer allows students to transfer back credits earned at a 4-year institution to be applied towards an associate degree. A max of 45 credits can be transferred back to PCC. These credits can be transferred at any time and a student does not need to wait until they graduate. This allows students to earn their associates degree while they are still attending a 4 year university.