What is Dual Credit?
Dual Credit is a program that provides an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses while they are still in high school. Students may receive high school and college credit for completed classes.
How does Dual Credit/Advanced Placement Learning work?
Students may elect to take classes in their junior or senior year. They may take elective courses or they may take courses that will fulfill high school graduation requirements. (See Chart for high school requirement equivalencies.)
Credits from NIC are transferable to all Idaho state public colleges and universities according to the guidelines of the receiving institution. Transfers to private and out-of-state colleges is subject to the transfer policy of those institutions. Parents are encouraged to contact those institutions for their transfer policies.
Who is eligible to apply?
The Idaho State Board of Education established the following guidelines to determine who is eligible to participate in the Advanced Learning Programs:
-must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or counselor recommendation.
-must be at least 16 years of age and/or have successfully completed at least one- half of the high school graduation require- ments, as certified by your high school counseling staff.
-must complete Compass exam prior to enrollment in science and/or math courses.
Who benefits most from Dual Credit?
Parents and students should carefully consider Dual Credit before deciding to participate in the program. High school counselors or the NIC Admissions Office staff are available to meet with you to discuss the program. This option has many variables to discuss, such as:
You can take courses at NIC that may not be available at your high school.
You can experience what college is like while still enrolled in high school. This could help as you make the transition from home to a college away-from-home and in making future educational plans.
You have the opportunity to take advanced level courses.
If you find the traditional high school setting is not suiting your needs, a college atmosphere may help you excel in your educational pursuits.
If you begin the Dual Credit Program during your junior year, you could almost have your first year of college completed by the time you graduate from high school. You will have a wider selection of electives to choose from the college.
Dual Credit Application Procedures
Step 1 - Notify your high school counselor of your interest in the Dual Enrollment Program. He or she will give you an Application for Admission.
Applicants must: a) have a 3.0 GPA; b) be at least 16 years of age and/or have completed one-half of their high school graduation requirements and obtain parent and counselor signatures.
Step 2 - Obtain a Dual Credit Registration form from your high school counselor. Discuss with your counselor which courses will be the best for you to select and to determine equivalencies for graduation requirements. Also indicate on this form alternative classes in case your first choice class is filled during registration. This form must be signed by the student, parents and counselor.
Step 3 - Your registration form will be sent to NIC and they will notify you of your classes and bill you. Students can pay in person (Business Office, Lee Hall), by mail (check payable to NIC) or with a VISA or MasterCard. Due date for payment is noted on the Schedule/Statement of Accounts. Students will be dropped from courses for non-payment. Federal Financial Aid is not available for this program.**
Step 4 - You will receive a letter from the NIC Admissions Office acknowledging receipt of your application. You will receive a letter notifying you of your acceptance into the program. If you are accepted, proceed to Step 4.
Step 5 - Purchase textbooks: a) on campus at the Mica Peak Exchange; b) by phone with a credit card (769-4389) or c) on-line at www.nic.edu.
Step 6 - Review your schedule form to determine first day of class. Contact the Registrar's office if you must withdraw. Merely ceasing to attend does not withdraw you from the course. If you do not withdraw, your grade may be an "F.”
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Grades will be sent to your high school at the conclusion of each semester. Usually NIC credits are accepted on a ratio of 2 to 1 high school credit. See your counselor for the details on each course.
Dual Credit Registration Forms are valid for one semester at a time. You must submit a new form for each additional semester.
If you do not take an NIC course during a semester, submit a new application for admission to be a Dual Credit student. This will reactivate your file.