Should you dual enroll to get your AA degree at the same time you graduate high school? IS IT WORTH IT?

What is Dual Enrollment?

First thing’s first. Dual enrollment is a FREE program that allows you to start taking college courses while still in high school. This works because the classes you are taking at the college will also count as your high school credits. For example, you have to take English 1 in college which will also count for your English credit at the high school. You will still take your electives and any other necessary classes at your high school but most will be at the college. When I did this I took 2 classes at my high school and 5 at my college each semester. Which you do not HAVE to do! I only did this because I wanted to stay on track to get my AA degree by the end of my senior year. You can always just take the amount of classes you’re comfortable with and take some classes over the summer to catch up. Or don’t go for the track that has you finishing at the same time and just aim to get college credits early.

This is a great option for those who worry about the cost of college. You can get two years done for FREE. Your high school even gives you book vouchers to get your books for free which honestly saves you over $500 a semester. I want to make more students aware of this opportunity.

Did I think it was worth it?

I think it was a great achievement of mine. It let me have some more freedom during my junior and senior years of high school. I still got to hang out with my friends at school while also getting a head start towards my career. I maybe had missed out on a few things, but in the end it felt great.

How to get into the program?

  • Students completing dual enrollment classes receive both high school and college credit.
  • The courses available are determined by the contract with the high school.
  • Students must meet all course prerequisites prior to registration.
  • Prerequisites may be met by achieving required minimum scores on the placement test or ACT Test. See placement testing for additional information.

Admission Eligibility

High school students must meet the following criteria to be admitted into program.

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA on 4.0 scale
  • Be in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade (students are considered in the 10th grade during the Fall of their Sophomore year)
  • Approval from high school counselor

Admission Application Process

  • Complete an Online Application
  • Complete signature page with signatures from student, parent, and high school counselor
  • Submit official high school transcript reflecting GPA
  • Provide copy of unexpired identification document, such as a driver’s license

Continued Eligibility

  • Earn a “C” or better in all dual enrollment courses
  • Students who do not earn a C or higher, or Withdraw (W) from a course, are suspended from dual enrollment for one term, not to include the summer term
  • Students can reapply following the one term suspension

Who do I contact to find out about the program near me?

Talk to your high school counselor. They can help you take the placement test and tell you if you are eligible.


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