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Enrollment Process

Participating high schools have Early College Program informational brochures and enrollment applications containing the necessary information to take advantage of this opportunity. The program is explained and the enrollment process is completed at the high school. Only accurate and complete applications submitted through the high school guidance counselor can be processed for enrollment.

  1. An Early College Program informational session for interested high school sophomores and juniors with their parents/guardians is held at the College.
  2. Interested students are recommended to Suffolk’s Early College Program counselor through their participating high school guidance counselor.
  3. Students complete, sign and submit (included on the side link):
    • Early College Program Enrollment Application
    • Early College Program Agreement
    • Signed FERPA Release Statement/Form
    • Health History/Meningitis Acknowledgement Form
    • Early College Program Course Registration Form
    • An approximate 500-word essay, “Why I Want to Be in the Early College Program”
  4. High school transcripts and required letters of recommendation are submitted by the high school on behalf of the student.
  5. Once completed enrollment information is on file in Suffolk’s Early College Program office, eligible student applicants are invited to tour the campus and take Suffolk’s computerized placement test (CPT).
  6. Students are notified of their acceptance into the Early College Program by the campus Early College Program counselor. An on-campus orientation takes place for incoming students and their parents/guardians.
  7. Student progress will be monitored jointly through communication between the college professors, campus Early College Program counselor and high school personnel.
  8. Students meet with their high school counselor or with the Early College Program counselor for course selection and the process in moving forward.
  9. Students must complete the aforementioned process prior to being eligible to take courses through Suffolk’s Early College Program.


Please take note of the timeline, policies and due dates as course registration and tuition payments are binding and non-refundable after college DROP/ADD/WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY DATES (click on “KEY ENROLLMENT DATES”).

Registration Process

Students must be enrolled and accepted into the program prior to registering for courses through The Early College Program [ECP]. They contact their campus Early College Program counselor or high school counselor to see which courses are being offered at the college for the upcoming semester. Subject to availability, eligible students may enroll in college courses up two weeks prior to the start of classes for that semester.  Students may earn up to 7 credits each semester.

To confirm registration, students should print out a copy of their schedule. After payment of their tuition bill (either at any campus cashier office or online on the student portal), students should print the proof of payment receipt to obtain their college I.D. card. Students must have their college I.D. card with them at all times while on campus.

Last day for best selection to enroll in a course offered through the Early College Program:

Summer 2018 Session II: Monday, April 9, 2018
Fall 2018 semester: Monday, April 9, 2018
Spring 2019 semester: Monday, November 5, 2018

Official Suffolk academic transcripts are generally available one week after the semester has ended. If transcripts are ordered prior to this date, please make sure to check the box “Hold for final grades/graduation” on the transcript request form.

Tuition Benefits

Affordable, reduced tuition.

Tuition is dependent upon the number of college credits the course is assigned. 

In an effort to encourage high school students to participate in this exciting program, Suffolk County Community College offers a tuition rate of approximately one-third of the in-county tuition rate per credit hour of campus-based courses at Suffolk, with minimal added course fees, allowing affordability and accessibility for more high school students to get a jump start on their college education.  Students are responsible to purchase requisite course textbooks/learning resources which may vary depending upon the course, and can cost approximately $50- $100/course (costs are posted on the course schedule).  Tuition for the 2018-2019 school year is $57.00/college credit plus minimum fees.

A typical three-credit, on-campus Suffolk course may cost part time students approximately $654 plus additional college fees. The same course offered through the Early College Program will cost the student $171 plus minimal course fees. Suffolk's Early College Program saves the student up to $483 for each three-credit course! 

Courses taken through the Early College Program follow the College’s enrollment timeline, policies and due dates as tuition payments are binding and non-refundable in accordance with the College’s REFUND POLICY.

College’s registration drop/add calendar and withdrawal policies are located HERE (click on “KEY ENROLLMENT DATES”).

Computerized Placement Test (CPT)

Subsequent to submitting their Early College Program application, students receive an appointment to take an untimed Computerized Placement Test [CPT]. Specific information about the test as well as preparation websites is also shared (students may be waived from all or part of the test in accordance to college policy).

The CPT, which is given at many colleges/universities across the country, provides information about students’ reading, English, and mathematics skills. Performance on the CPT is used to qualify students to participate in the Early College Program.

The CPT is administered in a Suffolk County Community College on-campus computer lab. Students read the instructions and questions on the computer monitor and select their answers using the computer keyboard or mouse. No computer expertise is required.

Upon completion of the approximately two-hour test (varies for each student), the results are reviewed to determine eligibility for the program, and student enrollment course restrictions through the program. Student eligibility and course information is communicated through an ECP counselor.

To help students perform their best on the CPT, visit SUFFOLK'S PLACEMENT TESTING page or COLLEGE BOARD ACCUPLACER directly to view instructional videos, sample study questions and additional information.

Course Withdrawal Process

Enrollment in courses offered through the Early College Program is in accordance with state, SUNY and Suffolk County Community College policies. Once the Early College Program registration application and tuition payment is submitted, students are enrolled in the course.

During the official add/drop period and upon availability, students may add or drop a course through their campus Early College Program counselor.

Students may withdraw from a course after the official add/drop period, via procedures below.  

Course Withdrawals after Official Drop/Add Period and before Designated Date on the College Academic Calendar:

The student contacts the campus ECP counselor for an ECP course withdrawal form. The completed ECP course withdrawal form with all requested signatures (HS counselor/designee, student, and parent/guardian) is submitted to the campus ECP counselor prior to the designated date on the College academic calendar. 

Course Withdrawals after Official Drop/Add Period and after Designated Date on the College Academic Calendar:

The student contacts the campus ECP counselor for an ECP course withdrawal form.

The student then communicates with their professor, to seek assistance and offer an explanation, and if warranted, request approval to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of W. It is at the professor’s discretion, and within the course policy as to whether the withdrawal form is signed by the professor after the designated course withdrawal date. If the ECP course withdrawal form is signed by the professor, and subsequently by the HS counselor/designee, student, and parent/guardian, the completed ECP course withdrawal form should be submitted to the campus ECP counselor. Any student concerns should be immediately addressed through the student's HS guidance counselor, or College campus ECP counselor.

Last day to withdraw from a course offered through the Early College Program:

  • Spring 2018 semester: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Summer 2018 Session II: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  • Fall 2018 semester: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
  • Spring 2019 semester: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

There is no tuition refund after the college tuition refund policy deadlines as set by the College each semester (see KEY ENROLLMENT DATES) and a grade of W is recorded on the student's academic transcript. Students should be aware of Financial Aid consequences if they attend Suffolk, and eligibility policy for students to continue in the Early College Program.

For students who plan to enroll full time [FT] at Suffolk and apply for financial aid [FA]; non-completion (withdrawals) of courses enrolled through the Early College Program may affect FA. Minimum standard is generally 50% of enrolled courses completed with a minimum 70% average.  For additional information on MAINTAINING FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY and scroll to Repeat Coursework.


The College’s registration drop/add calendar and withdrawal policies are located HERE (click on “KEY ENROLLMENT DATES”).