Early College Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

About Early College at LCCC

Q: What are the office hours of the Off-Campus/Early College Programs Office?
A: 8:00am - 4:00p.m. Monday - Friday.

Q: Where is LCCC's Early College Programs Office located?
A: The Early College Programs Office is located on LCCC's main campus in the Admissions & Administrative Building (Building #5) room 516. The main campus of Luzerne County Community College is located at 521 Trailblazer Drive in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. LCCC also offers courses at off-campus sites throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Visitors should obtain a visitor's parking pass to display in their vehicle. Passes may be obtained from the Campus Security.

Q: Where can students park on campus?
A: Student parking on campus is free of charge and permitted in designated areas only. All vehicles on campus must be registered with the Campus Security Department. Parking and traffic violations are enforced by Campus Security on a regular basis.

Getting Started

Q: Who is eligible for the Early College Program?
A: High school juniors or seniors. High school freshmen and sophomores can participate in dual enrollment courses at their high school. Additional enrollment will be reviewed by case.

Q: What are the requirements for the Early College Program?
A: Students must have:

  • A minimum 2.0 high school grade point average (GPA)
  • Have written parental permission (for students under 18 years of age); and
  • Understand college coursework will be more demanding than high school courses
  • Maintain a grade of C or better in each college course

Q: How can I apply for admission to the Early College Program?
A: You can apply online (HERE*). *Be sure to select the major AS.GENDE (Dual Enrollment)

Placement Testing

Q: How to determine if you need a placement test?
A: Early College students are required to take the college placement test for Math or English. Testing is waived if SAT scores are available.

Q: Where can I find information about Placement Testing?
A: Click HERE for Placement Testing information.

Course Offerings

Q: When do classes start?
A: Those in online and on campus courses follow the LCCC schedule
Fall Semester: August/September
Spring Semester: January
Full Summer (10 Weeks): May/June
Summer I (5 Weeks): June
Intermediate Summer (10 Weeks): June
Summer II (5 Weeks): July
Click HERE for current Academic Calendar.

Q: Are high school students allowed to enroll for summer classes?
A: Yes, high school students can begin taking college classes upon completing sophomore year.

Q: How do I choose my classes?
A: Most often, Early College students enroll in General Education courses, such as ENG 101, PSY 103, HIS 101,1,02,201, 202. Students should meet with their high school guidance counselor or contact Early College office to discuss course selection. To browse through the course catalog for the upcoming semester, click here.

Q: Are all college courses available for early college enrollment?
A: High school students can register for courses that do not have a prerequisite or for courses where the prerequisite has been fulfilled. High school students cannot register for classes that are in selective admission programs such as Nursing, Dental Hygiene.

Q: How is an Early College course different from an Advanced Placement (AP) course?
A: The primary difference is college credit is attained by successfully completing the requirements of the course, rather than earning a necessary score on an exam as with an AP course. Students should meet with their guidance counselors to decide their best option.

Q: When are classes offered?
A: LCCC offers day, evening, weekend and online classes. Go to Self Service to view a complete list of classes and Campus Locations.

Registration Drop/Add/Withdrawal

Q: How do I add or change an Early College (EC) Course?
A: Early College students follow the same Drop/Add protocols as all LCCC students. This process can be completed by contacting the Early College Office.

Q: Can students withdraw from an Early College course after the Drop or Add time period?
A: Yes, Early College Students can Drop a course by completing the Course Change Form or by emailing earlycollege@luzerne.edu. A student may drop a course according to the following schedule: A grade of "W" for each course is recorded on the student's transcript if the withdrawal is completed after the refund period. If a student fails to complete a course change form or does not adhere to the above deadline, a grade of "F" will be recorded on the student's transcript. Please refer to the College refund policy on page 177 of the College Catalog for information relative to refunds during the first three weeks of classes.

Q: What if I decide I don't want to take Early College Course(s) once the semester has started?
A: Students must complete an Official Withdraw Form to be "formally" dropped from all classes. This process can be completed by emailing earlycollege@luzerne.edu. Students are expected to adhere to deadlines each semester published in the College Calendar. See the Student Intranet or the College Catalog for more information.

Financial Aid

Q: How much does it cost to attend Early College classes at LCCC?
A: See Early College Tuition and Fees for a current list of tuition costs at LCCC.

Q: Is Financial Aid available for the Early College Program?
A: No. College-based financial aid is not available for high school students.

Q: When do I pay for classes?
A: Tuition must be paid during the registration process and is due prior to the start of classes. PAY IN PERSON: Business Office, Building 5, Room 509, 521 Trailblazer Drive, Nanticoke, Pa 18634-3899, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. If you have any questions on your tuition bill, please contact the Business Office at bo@luzerne.edu, 1-800-377-5222 ext. 7362, ext. 7364 or ext. 7365.

College Credits

Q: Can I transfer LCCC credits to other colleges or universities?
A: Yes, LCCC courses transfer exceptionally well to most local regional, state and national colleges. LCCC has many transfer agreements with colleges and universities throughout the United States. Typically a grade of C or better is required to transfer credit to another academic institution. It is the student's responsibility to contact the college or university they plan on attending to ensure that the courses will be accepted at those institutions.

Q: What is the maximum number of college credits that an Early College student can take?
A: Students can earn a complete Associates degree (60 credits) throughout the Early College Program. A maximum of 24 college credits can be taken per year. Students who wish to take more than 15 credits/semester require approval from the Dean.

Q: How do college credits earned though the Early College Program appear on my LCCC transcript?
A: Coursework completed through the Early College Program is posted in the same manner as any other LCCC collegiate coursework showing credit hours and grade earned.

Q: Will Early College Program classes show up on my high school transcript?
A: Please check with your high school guidance office for their policy on how college classes are listed on a student's high school transcript.

Learning Accommodations

Q: What learning support services are available?
A: LCCC provides support services to assist students in meeting their learning goals. Tutoring, Seminars on Study Skills and Special Needs services are available. Click Student Support Services for more information.

IT Questions

Q: How do I get a student e-mail address?
A: LCCC students may obtain an email address at https://www.luzerne.edu/accounts/.

Q: How do I get a Self Service account?
A: Once your application is processed, you will receive an email from LCCC with your username and temporary password. You can access Self Service by going to https://self-service.luzerne.edu.

Q: How do I contact with login or technical issues?
A: LCCC's IT Help Desk can assist with any technical issues such as password reset, blackboard learn, self-service. To contact the IT team, call (570) 740-0711 or email helpdesk@luzerne.edu.

After Early College

Q: What do I need to do if I want to attend LCCC when I graduate?
A: Early College students wishing to continue taking LCCC courses after high school must formally apply to the college.

If you have any additional questions regarding the Early College Program application and registration process which are not answered in the FAQ, contact the LCCC Off-Campus/Early College Program Office (800) 377-5222, ext. 7482 or 7352 or call direct at (570) 740-0482 or (570) 740-0352 or Fax: (570) 740-0356 or e-mail: earlycollege@luzerne.edu.