Dual Enrollment FAQs
Why Dual Enrollment?
"I take dual credit classes because it is free college credit! My school pays for all the dual credit classes that I take, so it is less money I will have to spend on college later on in life. When people hear that it is a college class, they think it is going to be insanely hard, but that is not true. They are more challenging than a regular high school class, but when you are learning about things you are interested in the class is most likely going to be a lot easier."
-Savannah, Class of 2021
What is dual enrollment?
Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to take college courses and earn college credit before they graduate. What is the difference between dual enrollment and dual credit? Simply put, students who participate in dual enrollment programs are taking college courses and only earning college credit. Students who participate in dual credit programs are taking college courses and earning high school and college credit at the same time.
How do I participate in a dual enrollment or dual credit program?
Dual enrollment policies vary from state to state. However, eligibility requirements typically include achieving a certain GPA, securing a letter of recommendation, getting written parental permission, and meeting a minimum ACT or SAT test score. You can learn more about your state’s policy here.
What are the benefits of dual enrollment?
There are several reasons to consider obtaining college credit while you’re still in high school. Dual enrollment programs help you to save time and money, take classes that your high school doesn’t offer, understand the expectations of college-level courses earlier, and explore your interests before choosing a major. In addition, ACT research found that students entering college with dual credit are generally more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree faster than those who do not. And, students with dual credit are as likely to earn a B or higher in subsequent courses taken in college.
Where are dual enrollment and dual credit classes offered?
These classes are often offered at two-year and four-year institutions, at your high school, or online. (Research says that chances of college success do not differ between those who take most of their dual-credit coursework through a two-year institution and those who take most through a four-year institution.)
Who pays for tuition?
It depends on the state. In some states, the program is funded by the state, the high school, or the college. Other times, the student is responsible for the associated fees.
Are there any disadvantages of participating in dual enrollment?
Dual enrollment can be an awesome opportunity for students, but you should consider a few things before jumping in. For starters, taking a college-level course can be a great resume booster when it comes to college applications. Just be sure to choose classes that make sense with your future goals. If you want to pursue a major in biology, taking an art class may be a red flag to an admissions officer. It’s also important to do your research to make sure the classes you’re taking can be transferred to the college you want to attend after you graduate high school. Also, remember that these classes are on your permanent record, so make sure you are prepared to dedicate adequate time to studying and learning the material. If you’re already overwhelmed with other obligations (sports, clubs, work, etc.), it might not be a good time to pursue dual enrollment classes.