Excelsior College Partners with Tarrant County College (TCC) to Expand College Access in Texas

Albany, N.Y. – 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.”

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Excelsior College (excelsior.edu) is a regionally accredited, not-for-profit online college focused on helping adults complete their degrees and advance their careers. The college contributes to the development of a diverse, educated, and career-ready society by valuing lifelong learning with an emphasis on serving individuals historically underrepresented in higher education. Founded in 1971, Excelsior meets students where they are — academically and geographically — removing obstacles to the educational goals of adults pursuing continuing education and degree completion. Our pillars include innovation, flexibility, academic excellence, and integrity. Learn more at excelsior.edu.

Excelsior College Media Contact:

Alicia Jacobs, ajacobs@excelsior.edu, 518-464-8531


About TCC

Serving more than 100,000 students each year, Tarrant County College is one of the 20 largest higher education institutions in the United States. The two-year college offers a wide range of opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional programs, such as Associate of Arts degrees, Community & Industry Education courses, workshops and customized training programs. The College has six campuses throughout Tarrant County, including TCC Connect that provides flexibility with e-Learning and Weekend College. TCC also assists employers in training their workforces with its TCC Opportunity Center.

TCC Media Contact:

Reginald E. Lewis, reginald.lewis@tccd.edu, 817-515-1889