College can be both an academically inspiring and overwhelming experience. There are so many new subjects to explore, courses to take and things to learn.
One way for high school students to prepare for the college experience is to take dual credit courses in high school. Through dual credit programs, students can enroll in a postsecondary institution while they are still in high school and earn credits for both their high school diploma and a postsecondary degree or certificate.
Some of the advantages of dual credit:
In South Dakota, students are able to choose from several on-campus or online classes, including general education and career and technical education courses.
Students do need to qualify to participate in dual credit. In South Dakota, juniors and seniors wanting to take dual credit courses must meet specific standards – on either their ACT score, GPA, or class ranking.
In addition, starting in Fall 2020, students participating in the Dual Credit program are no longer eligible to participate in the High School Dual Credit Program if they have received a “W” or “F” grade in a High School Dual Credit course. Students may appeal the eligibility exemption but must show good cause for the "W" or "F" grade.
To continue in the Dual Credit program, a student who earns a “W” or an “F” and cannot show “good cause” may continue in the program, but must first successfully repeat the course(s) in which they earned a “W” or an “F” at the full dual credit tuition rate of $145 per credit hour (rather than the typical student rate of $48.33 per credit hour). More information about this new Dual Credit program requirement is in a Frequently Asked Questions document issued by the South Dakota Department of Education.
Students should check with their high school counselor to determine if they can take advantage of the multiple benefits of dual credit in high school.