Early Start Credits

Early Start Credits (ESC) provides an exciting opportunity for Grade 12 students registered in New Brunswick’s Anglophone high schools to select from a range of challenging courses and earn post-secondary credits in their final year of high school. ESC will provide a post-secondary experience online with classmates from across New Brunswick and beyond.

Students enrolled in ESC will have the option to have time built into their high school schedule. They will also be considered as NBCC part-time students and will be issued a student ID which enables access to campus amenities and support services such as library commons, fitness facilities, counselling services. They may also consult with a Recruitment Advisor to discuss full time or part-time NBCC program options. For more information on our campus amenities and services please visit our Student Services section.

For more information about ESC, contact your high school guidance counsellor.


Fall 2022 offerings for Early Start Credits

Health & Wellness

  • HCSS 1038 Healthcare in Canada
  • ETHI 1058 Ethical and Legal Framework in
  • NCSI 1121 Introduction to Nursing

Educational Support

  • PSYC 1090A Growth and Development: Conception to Adolescence
  • RELA 1060C Interpersonal Behavior
  • EDUE 1164A Classroom Observation and Documentation

Social Service Community Worker

  • Session A
  • SOCI1049B Introduction to Sociology
  • PSYC1084A Introduction to Psychology
  • Session B
  • PSYC1082B Mental Health Foundations

Graphic Design

  • Session A
  • GDGD1243B Creative Concepts I: Traditional Foundations
  • Session A & B
  • GDGD1247A Color Theory

Animation and Graphics

  • Session A & B
  • GDGD1240A Visual Design I: Principles and Colour Theory
  • DRDE1079A Drawing Perspective

Admission Requirements

Eligible students must be on track to receive their required 17 credits to graduate from a New Brunswick Public High School.
Successful completion of English 112 or 113.


Domestic: $169.00/credit

International: $473.00/credit

For more information, visit: https://nbcc.ca/tuition-fees/part-time-tuition-fees


PETL funds for tuition support are available to help students who have demonstrated achievement and have an interest in pursuing the Early Start Credits in their Grade 12 year of high school.  Students are able to apply for the support when they submit their application to ESC program.  Note:  Students are expected to pay tuition costs when they begin their courses and if approved for support, will be issued a reimbursement cheque via the NBCC Foundation.

The following scale will determine need for eligible students:

Total Household IncomePercentage of Tuition Assistance
Below $60,000100%
$60,000 - $74,99967%
$75,000 - $100,00033%
Over $100,0000%

How to Apply

Step 1: Select a course from the available ESC courses. Verify with your guidance counsellor if the course schedule fits within your course selection schedule.

Step 2: Review the admission requirements and ensure you have the following documents on-hand:
- A copy of your most recent high school transcript
- A letter of recommendation from your school

Step 3: Fill out the  pdfEarly Start Credit Program Application Registration Form (pdf) and submit it and your supporting documents to admissions@nbcc.ca. Use subject line: Early Start Credits Program.

There is no fee to apply for ESC. 

Eligible applicants will be accepted in ESC on a first-qualified, first-accepted basis, provided there are seats available in the selected course.

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