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There are numerous academic and financial benefits to participating in the Early Enrollment Program.
In addition to providing rigorous postsecondary academic challenges to high school students in their own supportive high school environment, the EEP provides you with the opportunity to
- Focus learning on critical thinking and writing skills
- Earn college credits based on the grade earned in a course, not a score on a standardized test
- Get a head start on college
Students pay a significantly reduced tuition for each EEP course in which they enroll. Because a number of participating high schools offer multiple EEP courses, students could earn a full year of college credit through the Early Enrollment Program–and reduce the cost of college tuition.
The cost (2011-2012) for EEP classes is $60 per credit plus a $10 registration fee. College courses are typically three or four credits.
The table below shows the savings if a student took Art 201 as an EEP course instead of taking the course on campus (based on 2011-2012 RIC tuition):
|FALL 2011||ART 201 EEP||ART 201 on campus||Savings|
|Nearby MA Resident||$190||$1272||$1082|
Imagine the savings if more than one EEP course is taken while still in high school. Some students have saved as much as a year's college tuition.
After registering for EEP courses, students will be eligible to receive a RIC Campus Card (student ID), which may be used at Adams Library to access the library's extensive online services, and for many entertainment events sponsored by the college. The cost to attend these events is the same as the cost to the full-time student population. In addition, graduating seniors who have taken EEP courses and who plan to attend Rhode Island College may be considered for the annual EEP Scholarships.