The Early College at LCC


This program is closed to new applicants. Ingham ISD is working with regional partners to develop a new early college model for future enrollment. 


The Early College at LCC offers up to an associate degree, tuition free, for students in participating high schools in the Ingham ISD service area who will be starting their junior year of high school. Enrolled students will attend class all day on LCC's main campus for grades 11-13 and will no longer attend high school.

Students are expected to complete the program in three years. After three years, they will have earned their high school diploma, up to sixty college credits, an associate degree, or a technical certification, tuition free. These credits are transferable to most Michigan and national colleges and universities.

The Early College at LCC will place an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) which could lead to many career paths. Careers in these areas have grown the most consistently over the last generation, and that is expected to continue. This is a rigorous program for motivated students.


The vision of The Early College at Lansing Community College is to provide mid-Michigan high school students the opportunity to earn up to two years of college credit or an associate degree as a part of their high school learning experience. We will promote innovation and best practices in education. We will allow for both an inquiry-based teaching philosophy and a tangible career path for our students through our science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus. Our students will have a personalized learning experience within a small learning community, a positive school experience and the social and academic tools to successfully continue their education or career.


  • Earn high school diploma and up to 60 college credits, tuition free.
  • Reduce time in college by one year if an associate degree is earned.
  • Successfully transition to a college environment.
  • Potential savings of $25,000-$50,000 (if a student planned to attend a university and lived on campus).


Students must be within one credit of junior status at a participating public high school in the Ingham ISD service area.


The academic program at The Early College is fairly rigorous. Students should expect to have two to three hours of homework each night.


Students will spend their entire school day on LCC's downtown campus for grades 11-13.

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