Earn College Credits as High School Student

SMCC offers a number of learning opportunities for high school students who want to save time and money by getting a head start on their college education.

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Benefits of Earning College Credit as a High School Student

  • Potential to graduate earlier.
  • Demonstrate academic ability and self-motivation to colleges you apply to.
  • May lessen your course load in your first few semesters.
  • Allows you to take more electives once in college.

Programs for Earning College Credit as a High School Student

Early College for ME

Early College for ME (ECforME) is a high school-to-college transition program, offering participating students the opportunity to receive a Maine Community College System scholarship, take an early college course (if available and with school approval), and receive support and advising from ECforME staff. For more information, visit the ECforME website.

Dual Enrollment

SMCC’s dual enrollment programs allow you to earn both high school and college credit at the same time in a location that is convenient to you. To learn more about these opportunities, visit our Dual Enrollment webpage.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

SMCC accepts many courses with a score of 3 or higher for credit toward your degree or certificate. Credits are considered for both a one- or two-semester course sequence. To see if you have AP courses that can earn you credit, download the list of SMCC Course Equivalencies for AP Tests.

Costs Associated with Earning College Credit as a High School Student

Tuition and fees are waived for all students who have met the necessary requirements to participate in each program and complete registration by the deadline provided.

Keep in mind that if your school does not provide the required course textbooks or supplies, you will need to cover these costs.