You’re back in the swing of school again, so now is the time to think ahead. There are many options to move you forward in high school that also put you forward in college. Dual-credit courses may be a great option for you.

What is dual credit? Dual credit is when a student can take a class and get college and high school credit simultaneously. Typically, a teacher at the high school will teach the class. Students need to pay for the college course, but usually at a much lower rate than the same course taught at the college. However, some students qualify for tuition discounts based on their family’s income. Learn more here.

How do dual-credit courses work? Dual- credit classes work similarly to a regular high school class. You meet during the school day, and the class is taught by a teacher from the high school. The class will be a bit more difficult because it is college level. You will be expected to work hard to obtain both credits from the college and high school. Once you have completed the course, you will have credits on your high school transcript as well as at the college. That means, when you choose a college to attend after high school, you will need to send a transcript from the college that granted the dual-credit class.

How can dual credit benefit you? Dual-credit courses allow you to advance yourself in high school and in college at the same time. It provides you a chance to experience a college class in a more comfortable environment. Dual credit can, sometimes, be more affordable than taking the same class when you attend college.  The most important benefit is that it can cut down the time and cost for you to obtain your college degree.

I took dual-credit courses in high school and I found them to be the perfect way to see what college classes would be like. Having the opportunity to take a class in high school with classmates I knew helped me develop my study skills before moving on to college.

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