Admission in CCA is based upon the student's individual desire to learn at a higher level and accelerate their education while in high school. Students with this desire who are identified at-risk or from a student group typically underrepresented in higher education will receive priority in the open application & lottery system.
Scholars who graduate from the CCA would have earned their high school diploma, accumulated 63 college credits and earned an Associate Degree, transferable to a senior college/university or leading to employment. CCA provides strong support to scholars and their families to obtain entrance to, and success in, college or the workplace.
The early college education program is to provide for a course of study that enables a participating student to combine high school courses and college-level courses during Grades 9-12. On or before the fifth anniversary of a student's first day of high school, a participating student must be able to receive both a high school diploma and either an associate degree or at least 60 credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree. TEC, §29.908, authorizes the commissioner to adopt rules as necessary to establish the early college education program.