Earn College Credit While You’re Still in High School!


OCCC Early College Program

The faculty, staff, and administration at Oregon Coast Community College want to ensure that all college-ready Lincoln County high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to begin their post-secondary education and become successful college students. OCCC’s Early College Program is committed to serving all students in the community, including students of color, first-generation and low-income individuals.

The benefits of OCCC’s Early College Program include:
  • Earn high school and college credits concurrently (high school credit is granted at the discretion of the high school you attend).
  • Get a head start on academic and career goals
  • Experience the academic rigor of college classes
  • Save time and money

Are You Ready for College?

Students in Early College are Juniors and Seniors in high school that are mature enough socially, emotionally and educationally to operate in the adult college setting.

How do I know if I am eligible?

Juniors and Seniors from Lincoln County School District, including home schools and charter schools, who are college-ready are eligible.  College-ready is defined as having course placement into 100-level or above classes.

Worried About Paying for College?

OCCC Early College is a program designed to give students the opportunity to earn college credit. Tuition for one course per term is at no cost to the student. If other classes are taken in the same term, tuition is reduced by half for those courses.  Students are required to pay for fees and books.  Limited scholarships are available.

Is Transportation Available?

Students provide their own transportation or use public transportation to attend OCCC.

How do I sign up?

  1.  Complete the admission form. Important: Please enter “High School” in the Program box and “Early College” for What is your major?. For a screenshot click here. The application deadline for Early College for fall term is 9/6/2023
  2.  Schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss course placement by using the online scheduling tool. If possible, bring your high school transcript to this appointment.
  3. Attend the mandatory Early College Program orientation and fill out the success agreement. The last orientation for fall term is 9/6/2023. Please contact a Success Coach if you’re interested. 

How many classes can I take?

Students can register for one class per term tuition-free and students will receive a 50% tuition reduction for additional classes taken in a term.  Students may take classes up to six terms (Junior and Senior years) through the Early College Program.

Which classes can I take?

Most general education courses are eligible for the Early College Program. This includes Writing, Speech, Music, Science, Math, History, Psychology, and more!  Please see your advisor or email Ben Kaufmann, for a complete list of courses.

For more information about the Early College Program, please Ben Kaufmann, or call 541-867-8501.

Underage Students

Click here for complete details about how to register as an underage student.

Dual Credit

Dual Credit is a program in which Lincoln County students can earn college credit at Oregon Coast Community College while still in high school. The courses are taught by LCSD instructors.

Steps to register for a Dual Credit Class:

  1. If you haven’t already, fill out our interest form available from your High School counselor.
  2. If you do not see the Dual Credit course you want to register for on the form, please refer to the registration dates listed in the Dual Credit Calendar below.

Dual Credit STUDENT Handbook

Dual Credit FACULTY Handbook

Dual Credit agreements between Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) and Lincoln County School District (LCSD) have been in place since before 2003, with over two thousand Lincoln County students earning credit and getting a head start on college and careers.  In June 2014 the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission HECC adopted new Dual Credit Standards following a revision in national standards.  Consequently, all community colleges and school districts in Oregon were required to submit a Program Approval Renewal to continue to offer Dual Credit under the new standards.

 Earn College Credit While In High School

Oregon Coast Community College provides the opportunity for high school students to earn college credit while still in high school. Students, who complete courses taught at their high school by qualified instructors providing the same rigor and content as an on-campus college class, can earn OCCC credit.

The high school instructor must have the same qualifications that an on-campus faculty member does. The course must provide the same content, course materials and outcomes as an OCCC course. When these requirements are met, the course is considered “articulated” with an OCCC course, and students can earn college credit.

Students can earn Dual Credit in:

  • University Transfer courses that count toward a Bachelor’s degree in subject areas like Literature, History, Math, and Music.
  • Career & Technical Education courses which lead to an Associate degree or certificate in programs such as Automotive Service Technology, Computer Applications Systems, Early Education & Family Studies, Welding, Building Construction Technology and many more!

OCCC Dual Credit courses are the result of an alignment between high school and college courses requiring college-level work, not all high school courses are eligible. Check with your high school counselor to find out which courses at your high school are a part of the OCCC Dual Credit program, and get a head start on your own college and career preparation!


OCCC credits are transferable to all public college/universities within the Oregon University System and most other institutions outside the state. It is always important to check with the college or university you plan to attend to know how these credits will be applied. The credits you earn provide an advantage whether you use them at OCCC, another college, or on your resume as you explore employment opportunities.

Enrollment Requirements

You must be enrolled in a participating high school.


Dual Credit classes are regular OCCC classes, but taught at high school by an approved high school instructor.


For new OCCC Dual Credit Students – There is a 2-step process for students who wish to receive college credit for the high school course work through Oregon Coast Community College. Students must first apply to OCCC before they are able to register for dual credit courses. Returning students (bypass applying to OCCC) and only register for Dual Credit courses.

What are OCCC’s standard costs of attendance?

Review the OCCC Cost of Attendance Page

What’s Next?

Check with your high school counselor to find out which classes at your high school are part of the OCCC Dual Credit program. You will receive a registration form from your high school counselor.

Dual Credit Instructor and Liaison Information