Mansfield University Offers College Courses For High School Students Tuition-Free | Education


Mansfield, Pennsylvania – With contributions from First Citizens Community Bank and Citizens and Northern (C&N) Bank, Mansfield University will begin offering its tuition-free Early Start program to residents of Pennsylvania starting this fall 2021.

“We are very fortunate to have such supportive community partners as First Citizens and C&N Bank in our region,” said Dr. John M. Ulrich, Mansfield Provost and Vice President of University Affairs.

“Our community partners are strongly committed, as is our university, to providing affordable access to higher education for secondary school students here in the North End and elsewhere in our Commonwealth. Together we can ensure that students have the opportunity to start early on their college education while they were still in high school.”

First Citizens has committed $50,000 and C&N $20,000 to support the Early Start program.

Dr. Ulrich also announced that high school seniors who enroll in Mansfield’s Early Start program during the fall or spring semester of their senior year will automatically receive general admission to the university. Some university degree programs may require additional application materials for review.

Mansfield’s Early Start Program (ESP) enables qualified high school students to enroll in faculty-taught courses at Mansfield University – via face-to-face or online tuition and earn credits university while remaining in high school.

The program has grown dramatically since its inception in 2018. Beginning with just five school district partners and 32 high school students enrolled, the University now has agreements with more than 40 school district partners, and over the spring semester 2021, the University has enrolled over 200 high school students.

While the University was already offering a tuition discount to its ESP students, the generous support of First Citizens Community Bank and C&N Bank will now subsidize the rest of the tuition so that there is no tuition fees for the student.

Additionally, the University recently added another ESP option for students in the form of a Concurrent Enrollment Pilot Program, allowing high school students to take Mansfield University courses taught by qualified high school teachers. on site in their high school.

Secondary teachers must first be approved by the relevant faculty at Mansfield University.

Currently, the University has concurrent enrollment agreements with a limited set of northern tier districts, including Athens, Northern Tioga, Southern Tioga, Troy, and Wellsboro.

Students enrolled in these concurrent enrollment courses will also have their tuition subsidized, so there will be no student tuition.

For more information on Mansfield’s Early Start program.

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