Are you starting to look at what classes you should register for next year? No matter what year you are in high school, there are a lot of choices to make. It’s not just about taking the courses necessary for college admissions. Beyond those requirements you should consider what classes you can take as a high school student to earn credit for college. I outlined the differences between these classes in a recent blog, as well as some tips to help you succeed.

Students working on a dual credit class project

Now that you are caught up on that, here is what you need to consider when registering for dual credit courses.

  1. Make sure the dual credit classes you plan to take will count toward your degree. If you are considering taking multiple dual credit classes, you will want to know how many credits you can transfer to the colleges you are considering. This will ensure that you get the most out of the work you put in.
  2. Dual credit coursework is more rigorous than a normal high school class. Get yourself organized and ready. Remember this is a college-level course, and you are expected to perform at that level. Not every instructor will remind you of due dates, so those are on you to remember.
  3. Coordinate with friends taking the class. I always found the tough classes easier when friends were in the class with me. You can study together, help each other remember important deadlines, and also save money by sharing textbooks.
  4. Dual credit classes cost extra upfront, but they can help you save on college costs later. By entering college closer to the finish line, you will limit your costs in college. There are scholarships available to help you with the added cost of dual credit, so talk to an advisor for more information.
  5. You’ll have more than one transcript. Whenever you need a transcript, say for an admission or scholarship application, you’ll need to get one from your high school and one from every college where you take dual credit classes. Keep this in mind, it’s an important piece of information that trips up many students.

Keep these five things in mind as you decide which classes you want to take. If you have questions about dual credit, you can reach out to advisors at the college or at your high school. You can also contact any one of our offices for more help.


Good luck with your studies!