Early College Students


The Early College Program permits all high school students in Hudson County to enroll in up to 18 college-level credits per academic year and earn credits that may be applied towards a college degree upon high school graduation. Students participating in specific programs with partner high schools may have the opportunity to earn more credits or a full Associate Degree while still enrolled in high school.

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By following these steps, you’ll be on your way to achieving your goals as an HCCC Early College Student.

Apply to HCCC

Applying online is fast and easy.

Note: Students applying to the Early College Program should complete the Early College Application (not the Undergraduate Application).

It is important to follow these steps below when completing your application to ensure you receive the discount for Early College Students:

  • Create an account.
  • Under “I will be entering as” select "Current high school student earning college credits."
  • Under School Attended, search for and select your high school.
  • Please enter the year you will start high school in Graduated/Attended to Year and the year you will graduate in Graduated/Attended to Year.
  • Anticipated Entry Term is the first term you will take classes as an Early College student.
  • Academic Level is "Early College."
  • Academic Program is “High School – Non Degree.”
  • Make sure you write down the e-mail address and password you use to create this account!
  • Once your account is created, click on “Create a New Application.”
  • Click on Start a new “Early College Application.”
  • Click the button that says “Click Here to Start Application.”
  • Under Student Type, Select “Current high school student earning college credits.”
  • Complete all other fields and submit application.
  • Ignore if asked for supplemental materials.
  • Within 2 business days (or sooner) your HCCC user name and student ID number will be sent to the e-mail you used to create your account. PLEASE SAVE THAT E-MAIL!

Dates and Deadlines

For important dates and deadlines, contact the Early College Program at (201) 360-5330 or email earlycollegeFREEHUDSONCOUNTYCOMMUNITYCOLLEGE.

After You Apply

You will receive a welcome email with more information. Until then, you can start preparing for your next steps before taking classes.

You may begin taking HCCC classes now at our Journal Square and North Hudson campuses, Secaucus Center, or online! Here’s what you need to do to get started:

The state of New Jersey requires that we ask all students who are enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) to provide proof of measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B immunizations. All new students, regardless if they are full-time or part-time, must provide proof of the meningococcal immunization, unless they are exempt. Students can provide evidence that they are exempt because of the following reasons:

  • Medical reasons (such as pregnancy or immunity): Show a physician's statement or official record.
  • Religious reasons: Show a statement from an official of the religious organization.
  • Anyone born before January 1, 1957: Still must provide proof of hepatitis B immunization. 

We accept the following as evidence of immunization:

  • An official school immunization record.
  • A record from any public health department or physician.

Download and Fill Out Our Immunization Record Form.

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Contact Information

For High School Students Attending High Tech or County Prep
Secaucus Center Frank J. Gargiulo Campus of the Hudson County Schools of Technology
One High Tech Way
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Phone: (201) 360-4388

For all other Hudson County High School Students
Early College
2 Enos Place, Room J104
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: (201) 360-5330
Fax: (201) 360-4308