High School Programs

Lakes Region Community College offers several opportunities for high school students to earn college credit while still in high school.  In fact, students can satisfy their high school graduation requirements, earn college credit at the same time, and save money! These credits can be applied towards a degree here at LRCC, or can be transferred to a four-year school.

Our team at LRCC works with students to give them the opportunity to earn up to 30 credits of college course work – the equivalent of one full year of college – through several different programs.

Running Start

LRCC’s Running Start program offers New Hampshire high school students the opportunity to take college courses at their high school at a reduced tuition rate. Courses taught through the Running Start program are LRCC courses taught at the student’s high school by credentialed high school teachers as part of their daily class schedule. Each high school instructor is paired with a LRCC faculty partner to ensure that the course material aligns with the course being taught at LRCC. 

Course availability varies by high school and courses are restricted to juniors and seniors, or sophomores enrolled in junior or senior level courses. Students interested in registering for a Running Start class should contact their high school guidance counselor to determine availability and eligibility.

Eligible students will register and pay for their Running Start class using Dual Enroll.  Students may not retroactively enroll in a college course. Upon completion of a Running Start course, transcripts can be requested through the National Student Clearinghouse website.

Early College

LRCC’s Early College program allows current New Hampshire high school students to take college classes taught by LRCC faculty on our campus at a discounted tuition rate (50% of the NH resident tuition rate!).  Students get to experience a real college course on a college campus, and interact with other college students and faculty.

Many students take part in LRCC’s Early College program to complete general education courses typically required of first-year college students. Students also have the opportunity to explore courses in programs that may be of interest to them. All LRCC pre-requisites must be met prior to enrollment.

For more information, contact the LRCC Admissions office at (603) 524-3207.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Students should speak with their high school guidance counselor to confirm their Early College credits will also apply towards their high school graduation requirements.
  • Students must be at least 16 years of age and receive approval from their high school counselor. The age of requirement may be waived if a parent/guardian and counselor believe the student is ready for college courses in a college environment.
  • Home-schooled students need to provide documentation that supports their capability to do college-level work.
  • LRCC reserves the right to require students to take placement exams to determine English and/or math course placement.
  • To register for the Early College program, students should work with their high school guidance counselor to complete a Permission to Enroll Form and Early College Course Registration Form. A parental/guardian signature is required for students under the age of 18.
  • All forms and fees are due no later than two weeks prior to the start of the semester.
  • The discounted rate (50% of the NH resident tuition rate) does not include the cost of books or materials.
  • Students must provide their own transportation.
  • High school students are not eligible for federal financial aid; however, STEM or CTE courses may offer scholarship opportunities through the Governor’s STEM/CTE Scholarship. Students should check with their guidance counselor to determine whether their high school participates in the scholarship program.


eStart is a dual credit program that gives high school students the opportunity to take 100% online college courses through the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) while earning high school and college credit simultaneously. Students enrolled in eStart courses are able to earn high school and college credit for the same online course, and have the flexibility to access their classes anytime/anywhere to fit their schedule (each course has specified due dates). eStart classes transfer to many two and four-year schools, and tuition is only $150 plus the cost of course materials.

Course offerings can be found at the CCSNH website.  eStart is a partnership between CCSNH and the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS). For more information contact Ed Symes, eStart program coordinator at (603) 717-5965.

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Our students will tell you what they love about LRCC the most is the small town feel. We welcome the opportunity to connect with you, whether it’s at an open house or express admissions event, on the road, or during a tour of our campus. Come see for yourself!

Earn College Credits While Still In High School!