At River Valley we create the opportunity for high school students jump start their college experience. We have multiple programs for you to use to graduate high school ahead of the curve and walk across the graduation stage with a college diploma in record time. Programs like Running Start, Bridge2College, and eStart are all early college opportunities available of River Valley.
 
For more information on any of these programs please contact Jerry Appell RVCC Early College Coordinator, 603-542-7744 ext.5349.

Running Start

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.

Bridge2College

High School students can save thousands of dollars in total college costs! Bridge2College is an early college program that allows high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to take college classes that are transferable to other two and four year colleges while saving thousands of dollars in tuition costs.
 
The Governor’s STEM Scholarship program will provide 100% funding for two STEM courses per year taken at any CCSNH college. This includes courses in science, technology, engineering, or math.

Bridge2College FAQ’s

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.

We are pleased to offer the Bridge2College program to our high school community. For more information, contact:

Jerry Appell, Early College Coordinator
603-542-7744 x5349

Nickole Milo, Advisor for Claremont and Lebanon locations
603-542-7744 x 5522

Cathy Driesch, Interim Director of Instructional Services and Disabilities Coordinator
603-542-7744 x5499

Bridge2College Registration Form
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  • (SPECIAL “BRIDGE2COLLEGE” PRICE: $322 FOR ANY 3 CREDIT COURSE. $430 FOR ANY 4 CREDIT COURSE. IF THE COURSE HAS A LAB COMPONENT THE LAB FEE WILL BE WAIVED. COST OF BOOKS/SUPPLIES NOT INCLUDED.)

    I certify that I reside at the address provided above. I have met any prerequisite and/or co-requisite courses that may be required for any of the above courses. (Attach transcript or grade report if prerequisite/co-requisite courses were taken off-campus.) I accept responsibility for the selection of and payment for the courses as indicated above. I have read and understand the Refund/Withdrawal Policy. NOTE: I understand that I must fulfill my financial obligation two weeks before the first day of class, or my registration will be voided and my classes deleted. (See payment options below.) I agree that by registering for courses within the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH), I am financially obligated for ALL costs related to the registered course(s). Upon a drop or withdrawal, I agree that I will be responsible for all charges as noted in the student catalog and handbook. I further understand that if I do not make payment in full, my account may be reported to the credit bureau and/or turned over to an outside collection agency. I also agree to pay for the fees of any collection agency, which may be based on a percentage of the debt up to a maximum of 35%, and all additional costs and expenses, including any protested check fees, court filing costs and reasonable attorney’s fees, which will add significant costs to my account balance. (Effective 4-1-14)

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  • To pay with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card, or for information on Nelnet Payment Plan, please call the Business Office at 603-542-7744 ext. 5304 / 5302.

    Tuition and fees are due two weeks before the first day of classes. RVCC does not send paper bills or schedules. Upon registration, you are enrolled unless otherwise notified. No confirmation will be mailed. Classes are subject to change. Students need to check the RVCC website (www.rivervalley.edu) and select Student Resources and select Student Information System (SIS) for their e-bills, classroom location(s), schedule, grades, financial aid information, student email accounts, etc. (Prices subject to change.)

Bridge2College Enrollment Form
  • Student Approval
    1. Credit courses are College courses and will remain on the student's permanent college record.
    2. I understand that the College will have specific rules that will apply to the student's ability to enroll and attend. These rules may include, but are not limited to, certain enrollment prerequisites, registration requirements, placement tests, matriculation status, and access to "remedial" or "developmental" courses.
    3. I understand there will be no supervision provided for students prior to or after classes.
    4. I understand that the coursework has college level content which may include mature material.
    5. I understand that the College is authorized to evacuate students in case of an emergency.
    6. I understand I must adhere to the College's Student Code of Conduct.
    7. I understand that if I am under 18 years of age this form (as well as specific course registration forms) must be signed by a parent or guardian.
    8. I understand that I am responsible for the cost of books, materials, and related lab fees.
    9. I understand that the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) governs all college records and release of academic information, including grades, to the student only. Academic information cannot be released to parents or third parties without the written consent of the student.
    10. To the extent permitted by law, I release, hold harmless, indemnify and covenant not to sue the CCSNH and its colleges and/or their governing boards, trustees, employees and any agents from and against any and all liability for harm, injury, damage, claims, demands, actions, causes of action and expenses of any kind that I may have or that may hereafter accrue to me, directly or indirectly, related to any loss, damage, or injury sustained through my participation at the College.
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  • High School Guidance Counselor Approval:
    The student listed above is a regularly enrolled student at our school and has permission to enroll in college courses. When the student registers for specific courses the registration form will not be finalized without authorization by a school counselor or administrator.
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