Pathways for Vermont High School Students

4 ways to get started on college while still in high school

Dual Enrollment Programs for High School Students programs allow high school students to earn college credit while still in high school. Successful high school students have earned anywhere from 3 to 18 college credits—reducing the time it takes to get a college degree, reducing the costs associated with college, and challenging themselves through college-level curriculum.

There are many ways for high school students to get a head start on college:

The Vermont Dual Enrollment Program allows students to take two college courses at any of the five Vermont State Colleges tuition free -- Castleton University, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College and Vermont Technical College. Students can use up to two dual enrollment ​vouchers during their junior and senior years of high school. These vouchers can be also used at other Vermont colleges and universities through a statewide partnership agreement supported by the State of Vermont's Next Generation Initiative.

Apply now for a dual enrollment voucher. 

In addition to the Vermont Dual Enrollment Program, high school students have these options:

Introduction to College Studies is a 26-hour course designed to help students develop strategies for college success. Introduction to College Studies is offered at all 12 Community College of Vermont academic centers every fall, spring, and summer semester, and at other VSC colleges on a variable basis. With support from VSAC and GEAR-UP, this course is offered tuition free to all Vermont high school students and is the ideal course for high school sophomores to prepare for college courses in their junior and senior years.

If you are a rising Vermont high school senior, you can apply to the Early College Program, which allows you to spend your final year of high school at a Vermont State College earning college credits that help you graduate and get a jump on your college degree - tuition free (excluding course fees and textbook costs). Students in this program enroll full time at any of of our five institutions by taking 4 - 5 college level classes (at least 12 credits) during the fall and spring of their senior year of high school for a total of 8 - 10 classes (24 - 30 credits).​ 

Students who enroll in selected partner programs at their local career/technical center may also earn college credit through the Fast Forward Program. Students may be eligible for Fast Forward Tickets, which allow them to earn college credit for one or more courses for $100 each and two courses tuition free. Each of the 17 Vermont Technical or Comprehensive High Schools currently have dual enrollment agreements in place or are working on future agreements. Click here for a listing of Career/Technical Centers in the state and more information on the career pathways available.

Vermont Tech hosts the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), a full-year alternative to the senior year of high school for motivated high school seniors and home-schooled students who have a successful academic record and strong interest in math, science and technology. VAST students take standard college courses at VTC to complete the senior year of high school and the freshman year of college simultaneously—tuition free. VAST is recognized as an independent high school with the authority to grant diplomas. 

For more information:


High school students who are interested in taking courses at the Vermont State Colleges should contact their guidance counselor or the VSC representative listed below:
Hannah Corkery​, Castleton University: (802) 468-1213
Natalie Searle, Community College of Vermont: (802) 786-5148 (or call the CCV site nearest you)
Joye Lyon, Johnson State College: (800) 635-1218
Ryan Longe, Lyndon State College: (802) 626-6431
Patti Coultas, Vermont Technical College: (802) 728-1245

Learn more about Dual Enrollment opportunities at other Vermont colleges and universities at these sites:

Bennington College
Burlington College
Champlain College
College of St. Joseph
Green Mountain College
Marlboro College
New England Culinary Institute
Norwich University
SIT Graduate Institute​
Southern Vermont College
Sterling College
University of Vermont