Early Enrollment


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 credits in the majority of Thaddeus Stevens’s 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 community, and may participate in any on-campus club or organization. However, they are not eligible for on-campus housing or intercollegiate athletics. 

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.


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.

More information on early enrollment

Please feel free to gain more information and insight on early enrollment by accessing our pre-recorded presentation.

Download the Early Enrollment Presentation by clicking here


Students within the following school districts and private schools are eligible for early enrollment –

Chester County

  • Oxford Area SD

Lancaster County

  • Cocalico SD
  •  Columbia Borough SD
  • Conestoga Valley SD
  • Donegal SD
  • ELANCO 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

Lebanon County

  • Cornwall Lebanon SD

York County

  • 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  
  • Hinkletown Mennonite School
  • Lancaster Catholic HS
  • Lancaster County Christian School
  • Lancaster Mennonite HS
  • La Academia


Students cannot apply for early enrollment until their junior year of high school.

Applications for fall of 2021 will open mid-August 2020 to be considered for early enrollment.

In addition to the application, we require –

Additional testing may be required for some applicants. Testing would be requested by the admissions office.

The deadline to complete the early enrollment process is March 1.

Offers of admission for early enrollment will be released the week of April 4.


Thaddeus Stevens College continues to monitor developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in partnership with local and state agencies. As COVID-19 (the coronavirus) continues to evolve, the health and safety of the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology community is our primary concern and focus. Thaddeus Stevens College has decided to temporarily suspend campus tours.

We do offer a virtual tour for all students and families to check out from the comfort of their own homes. Click here to view our Virtual Tour!



For questions about the early enrollment program, requirements or the application process.

Megan Dancause
Assistant Director of Admissions and Early Enrollment Coordinator

For questions about the financial aid process and what early enrollers qualify for.

Director of Financial Aid