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Dual Credit • What is dual credit? • What is the difference between high school and college credit? • Why should I take dual credit? • Where can I take dual credit classes? • CanI transfer my credits? • How will my credits transfer? • What is this “FERPA” I keep hearing about? • Who can take dual credit? • When should I start the application process? • How much does it cost?
What is dual credit? • Sometimes called concurrent credit. • Student earns both high school and college credit for the same course. • Students can take college courses without earning high school credit. • Verify with your guidance counselor if a college course can also count for high school credit.
What is the difference between high school and college credit? • Credit is earned at a different rate. • Typically college classes are worth between 1 and 6 credits-most are 3 credits. • High school classes earn 1 or 2 credits for the same class.
Why should I take dual credit? • Finish your college degree in four years-or even less-and save money • Explore a potential major • Get core college requirements out of the way • Challenge yourself academically • Meet some of the requirements for the Academic Honors diploma requirements
Where can I take dual credit classes? • At a university campus • Take classes with regularly admitted students • Learn about campus, professors, and how college works • At your high school • Save travel time • Taught by university approved high school instructors during the high school day • On line • Set your own time to study and learn • Need excellent time management skills
Can I transfer my credits? • Request an official transcript from the university (typically the Registrar’s Office) • If you take dual credit from more than one institution, you will need to request an official transcript from each institution • There is a minimal processing cost.
How will my credits transfer? • The Core Transfer Library (CTL) is a list of courses that transfer, and how they transfer, among all Indiana public colleges and universities. www.transferIN.net • Indiana Independent Colleges have a similar network. http://oldweb.icindiana.org/pal/index.asp • A grade of C or better is needed for most colleges in order to transfer the credit. • Students should always consult with an academic advisor from their intended degree-granting campus. It is up to each university accepting the transfer credit to determine how or if the credit will count toward the academic major.
What is this “FERPA” I keep hearing about? • The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects all of your academic records at a university, regardless of the student’s age, once they are enrolled. • Student must be the one to make calls when requesting information. • Use FERPA as a catalyst for parents/guardians and students to communicate about things like grades and bills.
Who can take dual credit? • Admission requirements vary from college to college • Meet college’s minimum high school grade point average • Placement tests may be required • Receive parent/guardian approval
When should I start the application process? • Now • Processes vary from institution to institution • Application form • High school transcript • Verify deadlines with each institution
How much does it cost? • Costs will vary depending on: • College • Location (@your high school, @the college campus, or on line) • Course – dual credit priority or non-priority • Some financial assistance may be available