Early College allows high school students to earn college credits while earning their high school diploma. Participants in the program get to jumpstart their college experience by taking classes at our campus alongside regular college students or at their high school during the normal school day. Students also have access to advising, the library, bookstore, free tutoring, campus activities and more at WVU Parkersburg.
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Costs & Savings
The chart below shows how the cost of WVU Parkersburg’s Early College program compares to costs at other major colleges in the state. With proper planning, it is possible for students to complete their first full year of college within their last two years of high school. This means students and parents can save up to $23,760 in tuition by enrolling in Early College.
|Early College||WVU Parkersburg||WVU||Marshall|
|Cost per 3-hour course||$150||$480*||$1,122*||$1,052.25*|
*Rates are subject to change. Additional fees may apply.
Information and Registration
Frequently Asked Questions
Early College is a partnership program created between WVU Parkersburg and area schools, including homeschools, allowing eligible students to take college-level courses and earn both high school AND college credit for the courses, with their school’s permission.
The Early College courses will transfer with students to colleges all over the country. WVU Parkersburg is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the same body that accredits public institutions of higher education in West Virginia. There is a Core Transfer Agreement among West Virginia institutions which helps students who desire to transfer to another institution. Students planning to attend an out-of-state college should check with that individual college for more information on course transfers. Most states support programs like Early College because they help students graduate sooner with less debt.
Early College tuition is set at a flat rate of $50 per credit hour. With most courses listed at 3 credit hours long, it is $150 per course. There may be additional course fees for some classes.
Early College scholarships are available for students who show a financial need for assistance. The scholarship application must be completed with the help of the counselor at your school before submission to WVU Parkersburg.
Early College students may be able to complete a full year of college courses (30 credit hours) before they earn their high school diploma. To do so, high school students need to apply for Early College BEFORE their junior year (11th Grade) of high school.
Application and Registration
Students interested in participating in the Early College program should reach out to their counselor or school administrator. Your counselor can guide you through the application process and further familiarize you with the program. Feel free to reach out to WVU Parkersburg for further questions at 304-424-8310 or at EarlyCollege@wvup.edu.
Early College students do not need to submit a high school transcript to meet admission requirements for this program.
Some Early College courses may be offered on your high school campus. If so, your counselor will help you with the registration process. If you are attending Early College courses on the WVU Parkersburg campuses, please contact the Professional Advising Center at Parkersburg by calling 304-424-8000 extension 616 or the Jackson County Center Administrative Office at 304-372-6992.
Early College students are required to meet with their counselor before withdrawing from a course. Withdrawals can have a negative effect for the student when advancing into their collegiate career after completing high school. Potential problems could include poor academic standing or not meeting the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid.
Students who attend Early College classes at their high school campus are not required to have a WVU Parkersburg issued photo ID but are welcome to have one.
Your high school principal.
FERPA is an acronym for The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment of 1974. FERPA is a federal law that describes how schools and colleges keep and/or distribute student information and records. Part of the law covers students under 18 and enrolled in public schools; the other part covers students enrolled in colleges and universities. The act was created to safeguard student privacy. FERPA rights belong to WVU Parkersburg students when they enroll as a college student. Because the student controls these rights, WVU Parkersburg will release a student’s educational records only with the consent of the student. Some examples of educational records include grade reports, transcripts and judicial reports. This means that, unlike in high school, parents will not have direct access to the above records without the student’s consent. Parents who wish to know their student’s grades must ask the student for that information.
For more information about FERPA, please contact the Center for Student Services at 304-424-8310 or email EarlyCollege@wvup.edu.
Early College tuition is set at a flat rate of $50 per credit hour, and most courses are 3 credit hours, so $150 per course. There may be additional course fees for some classes.
Paper bills are not distributed or mailed. All Early College tuition is charged at $50/credit hour, and there may be additional course fees for specific classes. Please contact the WVU Parkersburg Business Office at 304 424-8223 for tuition deadlines and a complete breakdown of all charges.
Please have the student’s WVU Parkersburg Student ID Number (usually starts with the number 9) or their social security number.
The Early College student is responsible for paying the cost of their Early College course(s). Please contact your counselor or high school principal for specifics of your school.
What payment options are available?
- • You can call (304) 424-8223 to pay in full
- • Pay Online through the WVUP website:
- Visit wvup.edu
- Hover over “Current Student”
- Hover over “Financial Aid”
- Choose “Payment Options”
- Choose the last option at the bottom of the page.
- • Mail payment to:
ATTN: Business Office
300 Campus Dr
Parkersburg, WV 26104