Deadlines to Apply:
MAY 1 for Fall or Summer or NOVEMBER 15 for Spring.
Earn college credits in high school! Hawaii Community College offers several ways for you to get started on your college education while still attending high school.
Be sure to speak with your high school counselor prior to the deadlines so that you and your family will have enough time to complete the necessary paperwork.
Before applying to an Early College Program:
Contact your high school counselor about the different early college programs
Discuss the program you are interested in with your parent or legal guardian.
Running Start is open to public high school students (freshman through senior) who are academically accomplished. Running Start is a statewide program that provides the opportunity for students to enroll in University of Hawaii college and community college courses. The college classes are offered on the college campus, allowing students to earn both high school and college credit.
This partnership between the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawaii System allows public and charter high school students to attend college classes during the fall, spring, and summer while earning both high school and college credits.
Early College is open to high school students at participating high schools who wish to take college courses at their high school campus. Please contact your high school counselor to determine if your high school is participating, and how to become enrolled.
Early Admit: The Early Admission Program is intended to encourage highly motivated and academically and/or vocationally talented high school freshman to senior to advance in their schooling by supplementing their regular high school work with selected college courses (not for dual credit). To enroll as an Early Admission student, you must meet the following requirements:
Be currently enrolled in high school
Be in good academic standing
Have the high school approval
Tuition: All college expenses (tuition, books, lab fees, transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student, however some students may be eligible for various types of financial assistance. Interested students should inquire with their high school counselors to see if there are any financial assistance available.