May 12, 2021

As New Hampshire’s high school Class of 2021 prepares for graduation, two philanthropic foundations are offering every member of that class an early graduation gift: a free class at any of New Hampshire’s seven community colleges in the fall.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and The Foundation for New Hampshire Community Colleges are partnering to give New Hampshire students a head start on their college careers. This commitment includes more than $1 million from the two foundations along with additional support, advising and other services from the community colleges to help students on educational pathways across the state.

Any student graduating from a New Hampshire high school in 2021 is eligible to take a three-credit course of their choice, including courses that are part of certificate programs that prepare students to enter skilled trades, at no cost to them, at any of the seven colleges in the Community College System of NH. No standardized tests are required. The Foundations’ gift covers tuition and associated fees. Manchester Community College will work with students to help with course selection and other types of advising.

“I am grateful for the generosity that made this class gift possible, and for the recognition of the impact this pandemic year has had on students completing high school during a very challenging time,” said Susan Huard, CCSNH interim chancellor. “I hope New Hampshire students take advantage of this wonderful opportunity not only to gain a free course but also put themselves on a path to college success at institutions that are ready and eager to help them take that next step.”

To enroll at MCC, eligible students should contact MCC Admissions at Students can choose an online, hybrid or in-person class. Graduating seniors who have already enrolled at MCC for the fall are also eligible for the class gift.

For more information on the “Gift to the Class of 2021,” visit