The Running Start Program allows you to enroll in RVCC courses that are taught at your high school that are part of your regular school day. The college credits you earn through Running Start may be used towards completion of a program at RVCC or credits may be transferred to other colleges and universities throughout the country. This program will help remove some of the pressure of paying for college with a reduced tuition of $150 per course. If you attend a NH high school many of these courses will be free under the Governor’s STEM grant. Registration for Running Start can be completed online through one of your high school teachers or counselors.
Bridge2College is an early college program where high school students take college courses for college credit. Depending on the course, your high school may also take the credit for high school credit as well. Earned credits can be applied towards a degree at River Valley Community College (RVCC) or can be transferred to another college or university.
Bridge2College gives motivated students the opportunity to take college level courses while in high school – and at an affordable rate! You might take courses your high school doesn’t offer or get started on your career! You will be exposed to various career paths and learn what is expected in college academic life. You can accelerate your time towards a degree or certificate that will save you time and money.
Meet with your high school guidance counselor. Together, you will decide if you are ready and can determine which college course would best meet your needs and interests. Your guidance counselor can also advise you as to whether the course will satisfy a high school requirement. The program is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.
When you meet with your guidance counselor or high school advisor, fill out the enrollment form in your packet. You can also submit the online form. List the courses you want to take. If you are under 18 years of age, your parent/guardian will also need to sign the form.
Contact your local RVCC location (Claremont, Keene, or Lebanon) to schedule an appointment for advising.
Courses offered for the upcoming term can be found here.
Yes! Make an appointment with a guidance counselor from your area high school or an advisor that is associated with your home-school program. Follow the same process as described above.
The current cost for a three credit course is $322.00. This is heavily discounted over the typical fee of $645.00 per three credit course. This tuition rate extends through the summer semester following high school graduation. You are responsible for purchasing your textbooks, materials, and lab fees. You are also responsible for your own transportation to the College. We cannot offer financial aid or other payment plans. Payment for the course is expected at the time of registration.
These are decisions you make with your high school guidance counselor/advisor. Online courses are available but you may want to reflect on whether online courses are an appropriate fit with your learning style.
You can request an official transcript be sent to the college/university you are attending. If the course you take will be accepted for high school credit, your high school may ask for an official transcript. As a Bridge2College student, we will provide these transcripts at no charge. Your Bridge2College courses are part of you official academic record at RVCC. We cannot, however, guarantee that another college or university will accept the credits you take at RVCC. That decision is made by the college or university you choose to attend. Our transfer specialist, Elizabeth Guimond, can assist with this as well.