Early College Students Thrive
Since 2017, we have invested nearly $10 million in more than half of the pioneering Early Colleges in Massachusetts including those in Lawrence, Chelsea, Lowell, Lynn, Framingham, and Boston.
We see our Early College students thriving in their college classes. And we see many more students going on to college right after high school, ready to pursue their dreams of higher education and rewarding careers.
Students are graduating from high school with thousands of college credits, saving their families millions of dollars and reducing the time it takes to earn their degrees.
Recent data also shows that Early College may be buffering students against the negative impacts of COVID-19 on college-going: our Early College students are completing FAFSAs (applications for financial aid and strong indicators of college-going plans) at twice the rate of their non-Early College peers.
In a few short years, supported by our critical, early investments, Massachusetts has developed a network of promising Early College programs that are helping students build pathways between education and good jobs.
The 2020-2021 school year will see 23 Early College programs, involving 37 high schools and 18 colleges, serving 3,500 students. That number is growing quickly as more high schools and colleges partner to build Early Colleges.