Excelsior College partners with TCC to expand college access in Texas

Excelsior College launched a partnership with Tarrant County College (TCC), one of the nation’s 20 largest higher education institutions, to help students continue their educational journeys beyond their associate degree. This partnership creates a seamless transfer pathway for TCC students, staff, and graduates as well as for Early College High School students.

Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, not-for-profit, online institution that provides adult learners with flexible and affordable pathways to a degree completion.

Alexander Guerra, a transfer student from TCC who is committed to enroll at Excelsior College, said, “This is something I can do — a radical solution for the economic climate we are in right now. It’s great to have that option because it’s totally practical.”

The partnership with Excelsior College waives the application fee for TCC students, staff, and graduates and provides a discount of up to 20% on tuition and the opportunity to transfer as many as 90 TCC credit hours from their associate degree program to a bachelor’s degree program. Excelsior College offers more than 30 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the areas of business, health sciences, liberal arts, nursing, public service and technology.

“We are excited to partner with TCC and provide opportunities for their students, employees, and alumni to earn their next-level degree,” says Dawn Gerrain, chief marketing and business development officer at Excelsior College. “Excelsior’s online courses make it possible to fit learning into a busy life and our six start times a year keep students making steady progress toward a degree.”

TCC has six campuses with more than 50,000 students, including approximately 22,000 online students, more than 2700 Early College High School students, more than 6,900 dual credit students, adult students, and traditional students. Early College High Schools in Texas allow high school students to take community college courses so they graduate from high school with an associate degree. Currently, TCC has 11 Early College High Schools in its system.

Chancellor Eugene Giovannini said, “Tarrant County College’s partnership with Excelsior College represents another opportunity to provide our graduates with a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree. Not only does Excelsior’s credit acceptance policy allow TCC students to save money, its online programs make it easier for students to pursue a four-year degree, all while balancing other responsibilities.”