Deptford Twp. – Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) and Rowan University officials met with local high school superintendents on Feb. 10 to sign into place the Rowan High School Start Program. At the outset of this new initiative, 15 area schools eagerly signed on to participate: Clayton, Clearview, Delsea Regional, Deptford, Gateway, GCIT, Glassboro, Gloucester Catholic, Kingsway, Paulsboro, Pitman, Washington Township, West Deptford, Williamstown and Woodbury.
"The Rowan High School Start Program, developed and provided in collaboration with our Premier Partner Rowan University and the local high schools represented here today, marks an important step in our joint mission to make higher education more accessible and affordable in the state of New Jersey," remarked RCGC President Frederick Keating.
Rowan High School Start is an exciting new partnership between RCGC, Rowan University and area high schools designed to provide students with the curriculum, preparations and opportunities they need to confidently and affordably achieve their post-secondary education and career goals. High school students will have the opportunity to enroll in college classes at a substantial savings. Courses will be offered in a variety of ways:
High School Dual Credit: The High School Dual Credit program will provide students with the option to receive college credit for select courses taught at their local high school by credentialed instructors. These courses are available at a cost of $125 per course and require a minimum grade of "B" to be eligible for college credit. Students can earn up to 30 credits before graduating high school.
RCGC High School Options Program (HSOP): HSOP will offer students the option to take courses on RCGC's campus or online with a 65 percent discount on tuition and fees. Students participating in HSOP will have access to the College's educational and recreational facilities to encourage their participation in the college community. One-on-one advisement will be made available to all students to ensure they start out – and remain – on the best academic path for them. In addition to meeting admissions criteria, students must be at least 15 years of age and have completed their freshman year of high school to take advantage of this option.
RCGC will make three Paul David Carr scholarships available per semester to the students of each participating school. Each scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and fees for one HSOP course and is awarded to students on the basis of need. The College will also make $1000 Start Smart scholarships available to the students of each participating school upon high school graduation. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify.
Rowan University: The Rowan University Program will offer students the option to take 100 and 200 level courses on the Rowan University campus or online for a discounted rate of $300 per credit. Students will have access to the University's educational and recreational facilities to encourage their participation in the university community. In addition to meeting the admissions criteria, students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school to participate. Students who maintain at least a 3.0 GPA while participating in the program will be granted automatic acceptance to Rowan University upon high school graduation.
Rowan University will make three, $8,500 Rowan Start scholarships available per year to the student of each participating school upon high school graduation. The scholarships will be awarded to students with a high school GPA of at least 3.0, with qualifying SAT or ACT scores.
"This agreement between the high schools, RCGC and Rowan University provides an academic pathway in a multitude of venues for access, affordability and a quality education," said Dr. Jeff Hand, Senior Vice President of Student Affairs at Rowan University. "What once was difficult to navigate, this agreement lays out clearly for students. Rowan High School Start will allow families to find a path to higher education that fits their financial situation."
"Rowan High School Start is a fantastic program and we are looking forward to the continued partnership with Rowan College at Gloucester County and Rowan University," remarked Charles Earling, Superintendent of Monroe Twp. public schools and the Chair of the Secondary Superintendents Committee of Gloucester County. "This program will be of great benefit to the students of Gloucester County as it provides them with multiple, affordable avenues to start pursuing a college education while still in high school."
For more information on affordable higher education options for high school students, visit RCGC.edu/DesignYourFuture.
Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 off of Route 55.