Full-time program where students spend their junior and senior years attending all classes at SPC campuses to work toward simultaneously earning a high school diploma from their assigned school and an Associate in Arts degree from SPC. There is no cost for application, tuition, and textbooks.

Who is eligible?

Students who live in Pinellas County and are entering 11th grade in Pinellas County public schools, private schools and home-education programs, and who meet the qualifying high school GPA and College Placement Test score requirements

What's required to enroll?

  • Unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Satisfactory scores on the College Placement Test (CPT/PERT) or SAT/ACT.
  • Private school and home-education students will be required to enroll in a public high school to participate.
  • Completion and submission of the Early College Program Application and current transcripts.
  • Enrollment in a minimum of 15 credit hours each term, leading to simultaneous completion of the high school diploma and the A.A. degree.
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 (C average) college GPA.
  • Transportation to classes at SPC.

Early College students no longer attend classes at their high school, but remain enrolled in their assigned high school and can participate in the school's extracurricular activities while taking classes at SPC. Admission is limited at each campus - Clearwater, Seminole and Tarpon Springs. There is no cost for application, tuition or textbooks. Students follow the SPC academic calendar.

Application process step by step

  1. You must attend an information session. Check this site for upcoming dates and times.
  2. Complete a St. Petersburg College application.
  3. Complete the College Placement Test.
  4. Submit the College Placement Test scores, high school transcripts and student data release form to the Early College Program Office by the established Feb. 10 deadline.