Early College

Early College

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.

Academic Affairs Contact Information
Phone:
304-424-8310

Email:
earlycollege@wvup.edu

Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Apply

Create a “First Time User” account

    1. Login ID
    2. Pin
    3. Verify Pin

Select Early College Application

Complete the rest of the application as follows

Eligibility

To qualify for Early College enrollment, a student must:

Be a sophomore, junior or senior in high school during the 2019-2020 school year.

Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5.

Students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in Early College courses in order to register for future Early College terms. Students who do not maintain a 2.0 will be taken out of preregistered classes.

Certain classes may require a minimum ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer placement score.

Costs & Savings

Tuition: Tuition is $50 per credit hour for the 2019-2020 school year.*

Books: Students are responsible for the costs of books and materials required for classes.

*Scholarships may be available for qualifying students but you must complete a Need-based Early College Scholarship Application to be eligible. See your high school guidance counselor for more information.

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 CollegeWVU ParkersburgWVUMarshall
Cost per 3-hour course
$150$480*$1,122*$1,052.25*

*Rates are subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Information and Registration

Any 100-200 level course offered at WVU Parkersburg can be taken during this program if the student meets prerequisite requirements.

Visit www.wvup.edu/course-schedules to view available classes.

Classes meet according to WVU Parkersburg’s calendar, not county school calendars. This includes days on which local schools issue closings/delays for inclement weather, but WVU Parkersburg does not close.

Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to the college.

If you are planning to attend WVU Parkersburg after you have successfully completed high school or earned the equivalent score as part of a TSAC or GED program, you will need to complete a new admissions application as a first-time freshman.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

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. Most courses are 3 credit hours, so it is $150 per course. There may be additional course fees for some courses.

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. By taking college courses in high school at a reduced rate, there is a significant saving on future tuition costs.

Yes, homeschool students can and do participate in the Early College program. Homeschool students must meet the same requirements and follow the same steps as all other Early College students.

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. There are deadlines for registering each semester. Feel free to reach out to WVU Parkersburg for further questions at 304-424-8310 or at EarlyCollege@wvup.edu.

Yes, you can complete the Early College Admission Application online or contact your high school counselor for assistance.

Early College students are not required 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 304-424-8321 or the Jackson County Center Administrative Office at 304-372-6992.

Yes. After applying to WVU Parkersburg, you can find your ID number at findmyid.wvup.edu.

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. All students who want to withdraw from a course must complete the Early College Withdraw Form and submit it to the college for it to be processed. There are deadlines related to the last day to withdraw from a course that applies to all students.

Early College Withdrawal Form

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.

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.

Yes! If you successfully complete the appropriate courses, you can apply to graduate. There are two options for this process: transcription and diploma.

  • ● For the transcription option, the degree will be listed on your official WVU Parkersburg transcript. There is no fee for this option.
  • ● For the diploma option, you will receive a printed diploma from WVU Parkersburg and have the option to participate in the graduation ceremony. This option charges a non-refundable $25 fee.

For more information, please contact EarlyCollege@wvup.edu.

Payment Information

Early College tuition is set at a flat rate of $50 per credit hour. Most courses are 3 credit hours, so it is $150 per course. There may be additional course fees for some courses.

Paper bills are not distributed or mailed. Please contact the WVU Parkersburg Business Office at 304 424-8223 for tuition deadlines and a complete breakdown of all charges. Early College students are held to the same standards and responsibilities regarding payment deadlines as all students attending WVU Parkersburg.

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.

  • ● You can call (304) 424-8223 to pay in full
    • ● Pay Online through the WVUP website by following the steps below:
      • 1. Visit wvup.edu
      • 2. Hover over “Current Student”
      • 3. Hover over “Financial Aid”
      • 4. Choose “Payment Options”
      • 5. Choose the last option at the bottom of the page.
  • ● Mail payment to:
    • WVU Parkersburg
      ATTN: Business Office
      300 Campus Dr
      Parkersburg, WV 26104

Please have the student’s WVU Parkersburg Student ID Number (usually starts with the number 9 and has a total of nine digits) or their social security number.

There are deadlines for each semester and can be found on the Tuition and Fees page for the WVU Parkersburg Business Office or by contacting them by phone.

After High School Graduation

If you are planning to attend WVU Parkersburg after you graduate from high school, you will need to complete a new admissions application. Please select the Admissions Application option, as you have graduated high school and will be considered a first time freshman.

To request an official transcript to be sent to another college or university, you will need to complete WVU Parkersburg’s transcript request form.

If you plan to use federal or state financial aid funds to cover the cost of your tuition and fees, you will need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at fafsa.ed.gov or by using the myStudentAidApp. Please make sure to indicate on the FAFSA you will be a first time freshman. Even though you have earned college credits, you have not attended college as a high school graduate.

If you plan to attend WVU Parkersburg, please make sure to enter our school code 003828 on the FAFSA so we can receive your information.

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