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Early Grad

Early high school graduates are welcome to attend CVCC the following spring semester, but special planning will be needed. Contact the Advising Office and Student Services before graduating.

Important Changes 

In 2013, the NC General Assembly (SB 402) directed NC colleges and universities to work together to create a centralized, uniform process for determining residency for tuition purposes and for the administration of State funded financial aid.

The state of NC will utilize a Residency Determination Service (RDS) to determine a student’s residency status for tuition and state aid purposes. Effective October 23, 2017, CVCC staff will be unable to make any residency decisions or changes for students.

Applicants will be required to complete an online Residency Interview before submitting the Application for Admission.

Please review important and detailed information about NC Residency.

Early Grad Information

The North Carolina Community College system admits students who are either high school graduates (as documented by an official HS transcript or equivalency) showing end-of-term graduation date or who are at least 18 years of age.

Some students complete high school graduation requirements at the end of the senior year Fall term and desire to enroll at CVCC for Spring.  Be aware that public high schools and CVCC do not operate on the same calendar.  CVCC’s Spring term begins very early in January, while high school Fall terms continue through mid-January. 

Seniors taking college courses through Career and College Promise (CCP) may consider not graduating at the end of the fall term despite eligibility to do so. These students are eligible to continue enrollment in CCP courses (either online or at the CVCC campus) TUITION FREE – a tuition savings of $1,216.00 for 15 credit hours.

Students who wish to graduate at the end-of-fall term should be prepared to bear all expenses for tuition, fees, books and supplies “out of pocket” as federal/state financial aid is not an option for spring entry unless the spring registration has occurred after an official high school transcript with graduation date has been received by the College and all financial aid documentation has been completed.

CVCC considers the published date of the school system’s end-of-fall term as a student’s graduation date. There is no need for a student to request an earlier graduation date for the final HS transcript. 

A student may register for Spring classes AFTER an official HS transcript showing an end-of-fall term graduation date has been received by the College OR the student is at least 18 years of age at the time of registration. However, students 18 years of age who register for classes prior to high school graduation are considered as “Special Credit” students and do not qualify for federal Financial Aid.

CVCC offers Flex Start classes to accommodate early graduates. Classes begin late January, throughout February and early March. Flex Start classes are specifically designed to provide January grads time to complete the HS fall term and request an official HS transcript showing the end-of-fall term graduation. 

Published End-of-Fall 2017 Terms:

  • Alexander County Public Schools -  January 19, 2018
  • Catawba County Public Schools - January 19, 2018
  • Hickory City Schools - January 19, 2018
  • Newton Conover Public Schools - January 19, 2018