A great way to get a head start on your college education is to take college courses while you're still in high school.
North Dakota's dual-credit program allows students in grades 10 through 12 to take college courses and receive college credit, which also may be used to meet high school graduation requirements. Tuition, fees, books and other costs are the student's responsibility.
Classes are taught by approved instructors, either face-to-face in the classroom, online or through the Interactive Video Network.
To enroll as a dual-credit student, you need permission from your high school administrator and, in most cases, a minimum GPA of 3.0.
What does it cost?
Classes will be charged on a per credit basis of $238.22 per credit for the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters. Since most dual credit classes are three credit hours, this would translate into $714.66 ($238.22 x number of credits per class = total cost).
Is there financial aid available?
Yes, through the Bank of North Dakota. Please contact the DSU Financial Aid Office at (701) 483-2371 for information.
Is dual credit transferable?
Dickinson State University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. As a result of this accreditation, course credits will transfer without difficulty. All institutions within the North Dakota University System will accept any course approved by the General Education Transfer Agreement (GERTA).
What do I need to do?
First, contact your principal or guidance counselor. In order to enroll for a dual credit class, students need to complete the North Dakota University System Dual Credit Enrollment Application and the North Dakota University System Enrollment Application. Students then pay the current tuition rate per credit hour plus a one-time $35.00 admissions fee.
How many dual credit classes may I take?
The high school principal or counselor should act as an advisor for the student to help them determine how many dual credit classes the student can academically manage.
May I use DSU facilities while I am enrolled in a dual credit class?
Students enrolled in a dual credit class enjoy the same privileges granted to all part-time students. Dual credit students have access to the University's computer labs and Stoxen Library. Dual credit students are also admitted free to all athletic, music and theatre events with their college ID.
How does the program work?
High school students in grades 10 through 12 interested in dual credit should contact their high school counselor to explore dual credit options. The student must complete the North Dakota University System Dual Credit Enrollment Application and North Dakota University System Enrollment Application for admission. Students and their parents are responsible for paying tuition costs; upon completion of the course, grades are recorded on the students' high school and college records.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Joanne Fields
Dual Credit Coordinator
Dickinson State University
291 Campus Drive