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Dual Credit vs. Concurrent

There are two types of high school enrollment:

A DUAL CREDIT student:

  • is enrolled in a public high school (or charter school)
  • is permitted by parents and high school authorities to apply for admission, and
  • if accepted, will earn college credit toward a degree and high school credit toward high school graduation.
  • earns credit for both high school and college classes. Tuition is waived for these classes.


  • is enrolled in a public high school but whose enrollment will count only toward college credit and not high school graduation, or
  • is enrolled in any school which is not state funded, regardless of whether or not the high school will count the college credit for graduation. This category includes home school.
  • earns college credit only and is responsible for all costs related to enrollment, including textbooks.

Students who would like to take college courses without having the courses recorded on their high school transcripts may enroll as concurrent students. Students who wish to take courses not approved by their high school as a Dual Credit course may also enroll as a concurrent student.

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