Early high school graduates are welcome to attend CVCC the following spring semester, but special planning will be needed.
Graduating Early from High School with a plan to enroll in the Spring Semester or Summer School immediately following graduation
The North Carolina Community College system authorizes admission to students who are either high school graduates (as documented only by an official high school transcript or equivalency) showing end-of-term graduation date or who are at least 18 years of age. CVCC does not accept letters indicating future graduation dates, only official transcripts with graduation dates.
CVCC considers the published date of the school system’s end-of-fall or end-of-spring term as a student’s graduation date. There is no need for a student to request an earlier graduation date for the final high school transcript.
Some students complete high school graduation requirements at the end of the senior year Fall term and desire to enroll at CVCC for Spring. Public high schools and CVCC do not operate on the same calendar, which could affect a student’s ability to enroll.
Seniors taking college courses through Career and College Promise (CCP) may want to consider not graduating at the end of the fall term despite eligibility to do so. These seniors are eligible to continue enrollment in CCP courses (either online or at the CVCC campus) Tuition Free – a tuition savings of at least $1,250 for 15 credit hours.
However, students who decide to graduate at the end-of-fall term should be prepared to bear all expenses for tuition, fees, books and supplies “out of pocket.” Federal/state financial aid is not an option for spring entry unless the spring registration occurred after an official high school transcript with graduation date has been received by the College and all financial aid documentation has been completed and processed.
A student may register for Spring/Summer classes after an official high school transcript showing an end-of-term graduation date has been received by the College OR the student is at least 18 years of age at the time of registration. Students 18 years of age who register for classes prior to high school graduation are considered “Special Credit” students and do not qualify for financial Aid.
Each semester, CVCC offers Flex Start classes which have various start dates throughout the term. These classes are specifically designed to provide early grads time to complete the high school term, clarify NC residency, submit the CFNC Application for Admission and finally, request an official high school transcript showing the end-of-term graduation date.
Published End of Fall 2019 term:
- Friday, December 20, 2019 for Catawba County Public Schools, Hickory City Schools, and Newton-Conover Public Schools
- Friday, January 17, 2020 for Alexander County Schools
Published End of Spring 2020 term:
- Friday, May 29, 2020 for Catawba County, Hickory Public Schools and Newton-Conover Schools
- Tuesday, June 9, 2020 for Alexander County Schools