Dual Credit - Counselors
The Office of Advanced Opportunities at North Idaho College has two programs exclusively centered around high school students:
- The Dual Credit program offers college credit for high school requirements such as English, math, science, foreign language, history, PE and others. (www.nic.edu/dualcredit)
- Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers by earning college credit through CTE Dual Credit and Technical Competency Credit. (www.nic.edu/techprep)
North Idaho College’s Dual Credit and Technical Dual Credit programs provide the opportunity for high school students to earn college credits at a reduced rate while still satisfying high school graduation requirements. NIC offers many challenging classes, all of which are available to dual credit students as long as they satisfy the prerequisites for the class.
NIC classes typically cover as much material in one semester as most high school classes cover in one year.
Steps to Becoming A NIC Student
The high school counselor can determine eligibility and help develop a plan. To qualify a student must be at least 16 years of age and/or have completed one-half of your high school graduation requirements. A 3.0 GPA is recommended. There are some exceptions, noted on the Dual Credit Authorization Form (#3 on the Admissions Steps). Please follow Admissions Steps to help your student be successful. The more they do themselves, the better their college experience will be.
Dual Credit students pay a reduced tuition rate which can be viewed on the tuition rate page.
Placement at North Idaho College
All first-time students must provide placement information to be able to register for English, Communications (Speech), Math or Chemistry. Placement is based on:
ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores within the last two years and/or NIC English thewriteclassnic.com and NIC Math Placement https://nic-mlpui.openclass.com.
If you have taken the ACT, SAT, or COMPASS within the last two years and the scores are not in our system, send your scores to North Idaho College Admissions.
Mail or drop off to:
Fax: (208) 769-3399
1000 W Garden Ave, LKH 105
Coeur d’Alene ID 83814
NIC Math Placement Assessment
If your scores for ACT Math are below 20, SAT Math are below 470, or RSAT Math are below 510, please take the NIC Math Placement. NIC will use the highest placement information from the ACT, SAT, COMPASS, or NIC Placements to help you register.
The Math Placement Assessment is a part of NIC’s placement system intended to position students in the right math courses for a successful college experience. Your intentional effort to convey your mathematical understanding will enable us to progress you in your college pursuits. This is a free, proctored placement. It is not timed, and must be taken at an approved testing center. Plan to spend approximately 90 minutes on this placement; a calculator, paper and pencil will be provided.
Setting You Up for Success - Be sure to do all of these three steps online before taking the assessment:
Step 1: Schedule an appointment. After you have adequately refreshed your math skills, go to www.nic.edu/placement to schedule an appointment to take the MPA. If you are unable to take the placement assessment on our main campus or at one of our outreach campuses, a distance proctor may be established. Call the NIC Testing Center for details. (Guidelines need to be established MPA proctors.)
Step 2: Create a login password for the Math Placement Assessment (MPA) system. Follow the step-by-step directions to accomplish this task. You must have a login password prior to taking the assessment. Write your password down for future reference.
Step 3: Refresh your math skills. From home, log into the Math Placement Assessment system to familiarize yourself with the program and recharge your math skills, before taking the assessment. This will assure that you get the best math placement for you. Access the Study Plan directions to guide your math review for maximum efficiency and effect. You will receive a NIC Math course recommendation immediately after completion.
NIC Math Placement Assessment - Create your Login
To create a login for the North Idaho Math Placement Assessment (MPA) you will need your NIC student ID number. This is located on your student ID card or at the bottom of the acceptance letter you received from the Admissions office.
Go to the Math Placement Assessment portal for North Idaho College at this URL: https://nic-mlpui.openclass.com/
- Click the “Forgot Your Password” link.
- On the Request Password Reset screen, enter your 7-digit student ID number as your username, then click “Continue”.
- Go to your NIC email account. An email from firstname.lastname@example.org titled “Reset your password” will be there. If the email has not arrived after a few minutes, check your spam folder.
- Click on the “Reset Password” link in your email.
Create a new password that you will easily remember, then click “Continue”. This password is for math placement only. This procedure will not change your MyNIC login password.
- Click on “Sign into your account”. Use your NIC 7-digit ID number as your username and your new password to access the North Idaho College Math Placement Assessment portal.
NIC English Placement Assessment
What you need to know:
This is a free, un-proctored placement that can be taken anywhere, at any time on the Internet. Expect to spend between 15 and 30 minutes on this placement assessment.
If you already have internet access go to: Go to: https://www.thewriteclassnic.com/
If you do not have internet access? We can help - call the NIC Testing Center (208) 676-7203.
You will receive a NIC English course placement immediately after completion.
Still have questions? Email: Englishplacement@nic.edu
Registering for Classes
Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree
Effective fall 2015, NIC has a new framework for general education that has drawn from and embeds the nine abilities. NIC has adopted the principles and requirements outlined in Idaho’s Statewide General Education (Policy III N). NIC’s faculty met with colleagues from across the disciplines at each of the two-and four-year higher education institutions in Idaho to write competencies in six areas of general education. These are Written Communication, Oral Communication, Mathematical Ways of Knowing, Scientific Ways of Knowing, Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing, and Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing. The courses listed in the GEM requirements represent the thoughtfully considered review by faculty of the content and learning outcomes for the general education core at NIC.
Paying for Classes
Idaho State Department of Education - Office of Advanced Opportunities beginning July 1, 2016
The Fast Forward program provides every student attending an Idaho public school an allocation of $4,125.00 to use towards Advanced Opportunities in grades 7-12. The program was expanded by the Legislature in 2016 through the passing of House Bill 458. The fund can be used for:
Dual credits are courses taken by high school students that are transcribed on their high school and college transcripts. Through dual credit, students enroll in NIC college-level classes at a significantly reduced tuition rate.
The Fast Forward program can pay the cost of $65.00/credit. However, students are responsible for the cost of lab and other fees, books, supplies, non-course related fees, and transportation to and from college. These fees can be paid through your student’s MyNIC account (Student Menu > Student Accounts > View Account and Make Payments). Traditional federal financial aid is not available for dual credit students.
NIC also requires parking permits for parking on campus. Permits for 2016-17 are now available for purchase online through MyNIC, as well as in person at the Parking Services office in the Student Union Building. Under Bookmarks, click Parking Services (https://mynic.nic.edu/sites/facilities/parking if you are already logged on) and choose from the button options. You will need your vehicle's license number and students will need their student ID number.
Dual Credit courses can be taken face-to-face, online (internet), by virtual conferencing, or in some high schools.
Students can utilize Fast Forward funds to pay for a variety of college-credit bearing or professional technical exams. These include Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or Career Technical Education (CTE) exams.
An overload course is a high school level course that is taken in excess of the student’s regular school day. These courses are offered online, during the summertime, and after school. In the event that student incurs a cost for such courses, the Fast Forward program can pay up to $225.00 for the cost of the course. Overload courses must be above and beyond the full course load offered by the student’s local school.
Parents can save hundreds of dollars in tuition by their students moving ahead with completing high school requirements early and when your student is 16 years old, by starting college early through dual credit!
An Advanced Opportunities Participation Form allows students to participate in the Fast Forward program through the Idaho State Department of Education as authorized by Idaho Code 33, Chapter 46: Advanced Opportunities. By signing this form, the student and parent/guardian agree to the conditions and provisions of the program. The participation form needs to be signed and sent to their participating high school counselor and will be retained by the student’s school district.
The Idaho State Department of Education Advanced Opportunities website link:
Portal registration instructions are as follows:
Registration is a two-part process:
Step 1: The student must create an account with the State Department of Education.
- Go to www.sde.idaho.gov/sectr/adv-opp/
- Choose “Apply for Advanced Opportunities” (blue button in the middle of the page)
- Select “Create an Account” in the top right corner
- Fill in all the information (if you don’t know your EDUID, leave it blank)
- Choose “Enroll New Student” to submit
- Verify the account, using the confirmation email sent to the student. (Sometimes these go to student spam folders. If they aren’t received instantly, there is a problem.)
From here, your school will verify your account. Once this is done, you may sign up for funding.
Step 2: Sign up for course or exam funding, once you know the account is active.
- Go to https://advancedops.sde.idaho.gov and login
- Choose “Student Landing” in the top left corner
- Apply for funding
- Choose Exam or Course
- Register the information for that course/exam
- Most courses or exams are available in a drop down menu. If you don’t see your course or exam, contact your counselor. He or she may need to enter the course for you.
- Choose Fast Forward
- Submit your registration
Reasons Students May Not Be Able to Register
- Dual Credit Authorization Form (DCAF) was not submitted or received.
- If a student applies to take classes but does not attend a semester, the student’s account goes dormant or inactive. The account must be re-activated before registration can occur. To reactivate their account, the student must re-apply as a Dual Credit High School Student - www.NIC.edu/Apply. It takes about 10 minutes. Within a few days, a registration time will be generated.
- Placement Assessment scores may not satisfy requirements for class.
- Outstanding tuition or fees on Student Account from previous semester.
- Academic Probation or Suspension - Call our office 625-2329!!
- High School prerequisite class may overlap NIC class between semesters.
- If you have taken college classes other than NIC, NIC needs an official transcript from that college (not the high school) to verify the course and grade. You may need to do this if a prerequisite course is needed prior to registering for an NIC class.