Pathways to MCC Program

If you didn’t finish high school but would like to get your New York State High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma, now you can – at the same time earning college credit. And you can do it for free through the Pathways to MCC Program.  

The Pathways to MCC Program is an exciting option for people over the age of 16 to earn the HSE and college credit at no cost. This tuition-free program even covers textbooks and fees.


Through the Pathways to MCC Program, you can earn a New York State High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma by completing 24 college credits. You’ll have no out-of-pocket expenses for these 24 credits and after completing the program, you can apply those earned credits toward a MCC certificate or degree. Courses are available online and at MCC’s Brighton and Downtown campuses.  

In addition to earning college credits and a high school diploma, you’ll receive the kind of wrap around support that can help you gain academic confidence and embark on a successful and productive future. This support includes services that offer free tutoring, a financial guidance program, one-on-one coaching/advisement, a laptop loaner program, RTS transportation, and assistance with other potential expenses.


  • You must be over 16 years of age and a current New York state resident for a minimum of one year.
  • You must not have graduated from high school or already qualified for the NYS High School Equivalency Diploma.
  • Individuals homeschooled, or with IEP or correspondence diplomas, are also eligible for the Pathways to MCC program.


Make an appointment by contacting MCC’s Admissions Office.

Phone: 585.292.2200

You can also schedule an Admissions Representative appointment online.

This MCC program is tuition-free thanks to the ESL Federal Credit Union Charitable Foundation.

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