Middlesex County College adopts discounted tuition for high school students

Rebecca Nowalski
Middlesex County Freeholder/Director Ronald Rios greets the crowd during Middlesex County College’s 50th commencement ceremony held at the NJ Convention and Expo Center on May 23.

The Board of Trustees of Middlesex County College (MCC) has approved a new discounted tuition rate of $125 for any 3-or 4-credit course (with no fees) for high school students attending MCC.

This new discounted tuition rate, which will become effective in the fall of 2019, represents significant savings for high school students and their families. The current tuition at MCC is $112 per credit so the ordinary cost of a 3-credit course, including standard fees, is $439.50.

“The college has been charging high school students different tuition rates depending on whether courses are taken at the MCC Edison campus, at one of the college’s centers in New Brunswick or Perth Amboy, online, or at the student’s high school as part of Dual Enrollment, in which college-level courses are taught at the high school,” Mark McCormick, interim president, said in a prepared statement. “Charging high school students different rates for the same course was creating confusion. This new flat discount tuition rate for high school students should simplify things and hopefully provide greater access to college credit courses for high school students. Any 3- or 4-credit course, at any location or online, will now be a flat $125 for tuition with no fees.”

Approximately 3,000 high school students participate in the college’s Dual Enrollment program, called High School Scholars, each year. Many of those students use those credits when they enroll at MCC or transfer to another college or university. In addition, many students in high school take courses on their own at the college.

“The High School Scholars Program allows high school students to get a tremendous jumpstart on their college careers,” Kimberlee Hooper, director of MCC’s K-12 Partnerships Office, said in the statement. “In some instances, students may be able to earn an associate degree at the same time as they graduate from high school. Dual Enrollment also affords high school students an opportunity to explore different academic areas, potentially helping them consider what they might like to major in at college. And, of course, students and their families save thousands of dollars in tuition and fees.”

For more information, visit middlesexcc.edu/k-12-partnerships.