ON THE PATH TO A GREAT CAREER
The Early Enrollment program offers qualifying students the opportunity to complete their freshman year at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology while still seniors in high school.
Early Enrollment is a fully immersive program where students can start earning their degree in the majority of Thaddeus Stevens’s 24 high-demand, high-wage majors.
These innovative, technical-based majors train students for many different job opportunities, providing knowledge and skills that help graduates excel in their lives—professionally and personally. Many graduates receive multiple job offers before receiving their degree and have options to pursue higher degrees at four-year colleges and universities.
How does Early Enrollment differ from Dual Enrollment? Early enrollment requires the student to take all of their classes at Thaddeus Stevens College. Early enrollers are full time, college students. They would not report to their home high school at any point during the school day.
The average Early Enrollment student will be in class Monday through Friday. The majority of our technical programs meet from 12 – 4:30 p.m. each day, Monday-Friday. The academic classes typically meet in the morning. These classes do not meet each day but instead could meet twice or three times a week. The majority of our early enrollers take anywhere from two to three academic classes a semester.
Early Enrollment Students are part of the campus
In addition, early enrollers are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus. The college does allow for freshmen to have cars on campus. The cost of a parking permit is $15/year.
COST & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition for Early Enrollment students is 50 percent of the cost of full tuition for traditional students (2019-2020 for early enrollers is $4,100).
Early Enrollment students are eligible for financial aid, including the Stevens Grant, which provides free tuition to qualifying students based on financial need. Students are also eligible for scholarships provided by the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation and Federal Direct loan.
PARTICIPATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Students within the following school districts and private schools are eligible for early enrollment –
- Oxford Area SD
- Cocalico SD
- Columbia Borough SD
- Conestoga Valley SD
- Donegal SD
- ELCO SD (Garden Spot HS)
- Elizabethtown SD
- Ephrata SD
- Hempfield SD
- Lampeter- Strasburg SD
- Manheim Central SD
- Manheim Twp SD
- Penn Manor SD
- Pequea Valley SD
- The School District of Lancaster
- Solanco SD
- Warwick SD
- Dallastown Area SD
- Eastern York SD
- Northeastern SD
- Red Lion SD
- South Eastern SD
In addition, the following schools also participate in Early Enrollment –
- Dayspring Christian Academy
- Lancaster Catholic HS
- Lancaster County Christian School
- Lancaster Mennonite HS
- La Academia
APPLICATION PROCESS & TIMELINE
Students cannot apply for early enrollment until their junior year of high school.
Applications for early enrollment will open on August 1.
In addition to the application, we require –
- Application waiver
- Official high school transcript – the minimum GPA to be considered for early enrollment is a 2.5
- Two reference forms – one from a teacher and one from a guidance counselor
Additional testing may be required for some applicants. Testing would be requested by the admissions office.
Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis from August 1 – March 1.
The deadline to complete the early enrollment process is March 1.
Offers of admission for early enrollment will be released by mid-March via mail.
If you are interested in learning more and visiting our campus, we would love to see you!
We offer the following on campus experiences –
- Weekly campus tours: Our campus tours occur twice a day, Monday-Friday.
- To schedule a tour please visit https://stevenscollege.edu/admissions/visit/ or you may contact our visit coordinator, Lori, at 717-391-3514.
- Fall open house: Our fall open house will occur on Saturday, October 19th. More info about our open house can be found here https://stevenscollege.edu/openhouse/
HAVE QUESTIONS? CONTACT US!
For questions about the early enrollment program, requirements or the application process.Megan Dancause
For questions about the financial aid process and what early enrollers qualify for.