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.


If you are a high school sophomore, junior, or senior our Bridge2College program allows you to take college classes at a reduced rate at one of RVCC’s three locations. Bridge2College students can earn general education credits 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 print out the online form. List the courses you want to take. Make sure your guidance counselor or advisor signs the form. If you are under 18 years of age, your parent/guardian will also need to sign the form.

Bring this form to your local RVCC location (Claremont, Keene, or Lebanon) to Advising. You may want to call first to set up an appointment.

Courses offered for the upcoming term can be found by clicking on the Courses/Registrar link on the home page at

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.

Good questions! 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 official transcripts at no charge. Your Bridge2College courses are part of your official academic record at River Valley Community College. We cannot, however, guarantee if 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.

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