College costs are soaring, causing many young people to enter the workforce under burdensome debt. But for most careers and professions, an associate or bachelor's degree is a basic requirement. The Early College at Lansing Community College is designed to provide motivated students a head start on their college program with tuition, fees and books provided free.

The Early College is a program for students entering their junior year of high school who are looking for an opportunity to move into a college environment. Early College Students have an opportunity to earn up to 60 tuition-free college credits, potentially saving families more than $60,000 in tuition costs. Built to challenge students and to maximize their potential, the Early College stresses rigorous academics and an accelerated, college-like class schedule.

2016 Annual Report

LCC had 34 Academic All-Americans in 2017
$267,405 awarded in athletic scholarships
LCC is a 5-Star Program as rated by Michigan's Great Start to Quality initiative
LCC offers 214 degrees and certificates
LCC is a partner of Delta Air Lines in Aviation Maintenance
The student engagement team gets students college-ready
387 international students from 50 countries attended LCC in 2016
G.I. Jobs magazine named LCC a “Military-friendly” school
LCC is Michigan's "Most-Liked" community college
LCC ranked number 1 community college in Michigan
Ninety percent of LCC Nursing grads employed within three months
LCC has 230 online courses
16 degrees can be earned online
More than 600 pieces of public art on campus
LCC students saved +$1.1 million on textbooks since 2015
LCC awards $1.83 million in annual scholarships
51% of all sign language interpreters train here
More than 30 clubs or student organizations
Guided Pathways keep students on track to complete their goals
LCC provides one-on-one proactive, individualized mentoring, coaching and support
Study abroad programs offer experiences on every continent
Online, on-demand tutoring available 24/7 in popular areas of study
The University Center at LCC offers four-year degrees with five partner universities
Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency lists LCC as a Gold Status Veteran-Friendly School
LCC’s Workforce Development Division has a 97.5 percent Workforce Development Customer Satisfaction Rate

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Completed applications are turned into the parent/student liaison as soon as possible.

PDF FileEarly College Application

Important Dates & Information Meetings

Feb Tue 26
Mar Thu 07
Mar Tue 12
Full Calendar


Lottery Process

There are 90 seats available for each new entering class. A number of seats have been determined for sending districts based on their total pupil enrollment. All eligible students will be entered into a lottery, should the number of eligible applicants exceed the number of sending district seats.

Lottery 1

One of the salient outcomes of The Early College at LCC is to increase the number of students attending college who would be first generation college students or have received free and reduced lunch. The sending schools will allocate one third (1/3) of their seats for these identified students.

Lottery 2

If there are more students (free reduced lunch and/or first generation college students) meeting the requirements than seats available in Lottery 1 those students will be placed in Lottery 2 for the remaining (2/3) seats available for the sending district. The remaining 2/3 district seats are available to any interested/eligible student.

Note: If there are more students than seats allocated to a district, students will be placed on a waiting list. Therefore all students on a waiting list must attend all mandatory meetings/testing and turn in all paperwork timely to maintain eligibility for the program.

PDF FileFrequently Asked Questions


Sample Schedule

Class Time




8:00 - 9:38 am

College Prep Mathematics

LCC entry-level mathematics course

LCC mathematics course

LCC courses in program of study.

9:48 - 11:06 am

College Prep English

LCC entry-level English course

LCC English course

11:06 - 11:46 am


11:46 - 1:14 pm

Multi-disciplinary Laboratory Science

LCC entry-level science course

LCC science course

1:24 - 2:52 pm

History, Economics and Civics

Additional high school coursework if needed

* Seminar time to develop study and college readiness skills and to receive mentoring are integrated into the student academic schedule.

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About Us

The Early College is a collaboration between Ingham Intermediate School District (ISD) and Lansing Community College (LCC).

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Academic Standards

The academic program at The Early College is built to challenge students to reach a higher level of academic potential, and to prepare students for college level courses.

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Program Overview

Our students will have a personalized learning experience within a small learning community, and academic tools to successfully continue their education or career.

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High School Articulation

Articulation is a term used to describe the transition of a student from one educational institution to another with minimal duplication of coursework.


What Current High School Students Are Saying

The Early College @ LCC will place an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Careers in these areas have grown the most consistently over the last generation, and that is expected to continue. This program is meant to prepare and excel motivated students for their academic futures. Students can complete a HS diploma, and earn up to 60 college credits in only 3 years (11th, 12th and 13th grade).

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Early College Contact

Phone: (517) 483-1640

Mackinaw Building
Room 214
430 N. Capitol
Lansing, MI 48933

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