Dual credit courses: Be in college while you’re in high school

If you’re in high school, you might already be thinking about college. But instead of just thinking about it, you could be earning college credits, even before you graduate. How? Dual credit courses.

A dual credit course is a college course you can take during high school to earn both high school and college credit. The classes are often taught at the high school during school hours. You may also be able take classes at a college during the day, the evening, or on a weekend. Check with your school to see what dual credit course options are available!

By taking advantage of dual credit courses, you can start earning college credit while still living at home. You get a head start on your college education, which for most people means taking less money out in loans.

If you can’t afford to pay for dual credit courses, you can take out a student loan to cover the cost. It still usually costs less to do this than it does to wait until you enter college to take the courses.

 Dual credit assistance

BND will cover the cost of up to two college courses per school year if you qualify for dual credit assistance. You must meet these requirements to be eligible:

  1. You need to be a sophomore, junior, or senior attending a North Dakota high school.
  2. The school district superintendent or designee must approve of you taking the course. In most cases, you’ll visit with a guidance counselor or principal first.
  3. You need to qualify for Free or Reduced Price Lunch.
  4. You must complete this Dual Credit Assistance Application.

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