About Career and College Promise

High School students walking in hallway

Career and College Promise offers North Carolina high school students a clear path to success in college or in a career. The program is available to all students who meet the eligibility requirements. Through a partnership of the Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System, the University of North Carolina system and many independent colleges and universities, North Carolina is helping eligible high school students to begin earning college credit at a community college campus tuition-free for them and their families.

The three pathways are listed below:

  1. College Transfer Pathways (CTP) require the completion of at least 30 semester hours of transfer courses, including English and mathematics.
  2. Career and Technical Education Pathways (CTE) is a curriculum program leading to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school career cluster.
  3. Cooperative Innovative High School Programs (CIHSP) are located on college campuses (unless a waiver was provided) and provide opportunities for students to complete an associate degree program or earn up to two years of college credit within five years. Examples include Early and Middle College High Schools.

Eligibility Requirements

College Transfer Pathways (CTP)

Be a high school Junior or Senior and:

  1. Have an unweighted GPA of 2.8 on high school courses; or
  2. Demonstrate college readiness in English, Reading and Mathematics on an approved assessment

Career and Technical Education Programs (CTE)

Be a high school Junior or Senior and:

  1. Have an unweighted GPA of 2.8 on high school courses; or
  2. Demonstrate college readiness in English, reading and mathematics on an approve assessment; or
  3. Have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee and his/her rationale for recommendation in place of GPA requirement (assessment scores should be considered) and have the recommendation of the college’s Chief Academic Officer or Chief Student Development Administrator; and
  4. If the pathway requires any course on the UGETC (Universal General Education Transfer Component) list, the same criteria for the transfer pathway will be required.
  5. Recommendation will not be allowed for CTE pathways that include UGETC (Universal General Education Transfer Component) course(s) included in the pathways.

CTE Freshman or Sophomore Eligibility

Option 1

  1. Have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee (assessment scores should be considered); and have the recommendation of the college’s Chief Academic Officer or Chief Student Development Administrator; and
  2. Pass Math I with a grade of C or better; and
  3. Score a 3, 4, or 5 on the End of Course assessment (EOC) for Math I; and
  4. Score a 3, 4, or 5 on the 8th grade End of Grade ELA assessment; and
  5. Enroll in Engineering, Industrial, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Transportation Systems, Construction and Business Technologies.

Option 2

  1. Have the recommendation of the high school principal or his/her designee (assessment scores should be considered); and recommendation of the college’s Chief Academic Officer or Chief Student Development Administrator; and
  2. Demonstrate college readiness in English, reading and mathematics on an approved assessment and
  3. Enroll in Industrial and Engineering Technologies, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Transportation Systems, Construction and Business Technologies programs.

Maintaining Eligibility

  1. Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
  2. Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses.
  3. A student who falls below a 2.0 GPA after completing two college courses will be subject to the college’s policy for satisfactory academic progress.