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Is Dual Credit a Good Choice for Your Family?

To succeed in the Dual Credit program, your child should have good study skills, self-discipline, and motivation. They’ll need the maturity and initiative to attend class and participate at the same level as regular college students. Dual Credit has many benefits:

  • A wider selection of electives.
  • Experiencing what college is like. This can help make the transition from home to college easier as well as provide information for future educational decisions.
  • Participating in a college atmosphere may help your child excel in learning.
  • Completing most of the first year of college by the end of high school if your child begins Dual Credit their junior year.
  • Saving money by paying a reduced tuition as a Dual Credit student.

Talk to your student’s high school teachers and counselors, as well as our Dual Credit Program Coordinator about whether Dual Credit is a good match for your son or daughter. Please remember that as a Dual Credit student, your son or daughter is considered a regular college student responsible for his or her education. It is not appropriate for you to contact faculty on behalf of your daughter or son. Take into consideration the maturity level of your student. Some students who are academically ready may find the independence and the rate of college classes overwhelming..

Home School Students

Home School Students may participate in the Dual Credit program. Contact Marcy Hoggatt for a consultation.


Important Items to Consider

Academics
North Idaho College offers many challenging classes, all taught at a faster pace than high school classes.

  • NIC classes typically cover as much material in one semester as most high school classes cover in one year.
  • Often, classes require up to two hours of out-of-class study, per course credit, per week.
  • All Dual Credit grades become part of your permanent college transcript.
  • Your child is also responsible for completing all high school graduation requirements.
  • Your child will have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree and high school diploma at the same time.

Generally, the college credits your child earns will transfer to all other Idaho state public colleges and universities, according to the guidelines of those institutions. To be sure the courses you take will transfer, work with your advisor at NIC and the next institution you plan to attend.

Finances
You can save hundreds of dollars in tuition! Through Dual Credit, students enroll in NIC college-level classes at a significantly reduced tuition rate. However, they are responsible for the cost of books, supplies, non-course related fees, and transportation to and from college. NIC also requires parking permits. Fees are subject to change and traditional financial aid is not available for Dual Credit students. North Idaho College offers a tuition payment plan for Fall and Spring Semesters. There is a $50 non-refundable fee to participate. For more information go to www.nic.edu/costs.

Personal
Dual Credit can open new and exciting frontiers in your child's academic, social, and personal life while they continue to participate in high school sports, music, clubs, or other extracurricular activities. However, they will inevitably miss some of the high school experience due to the extra time commitment added to take college courses.

College Expectations
As a college student, your child is expected to conduct yourself as a responsible adult. This includes, but is not limited to, attending class, seeking academic help, and addressing any problems they may have directly with their instructors.

It is also important for parents to realize that college classes may cover a wide variety of sensitive subjects, including sex, violence, and religion. Remember, Dual Credit is a college program.

North Idaho College is required by law to inform students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which involves keeping student records confidential. Without a students written permission, NIC will not share student records with anyone but the student and appropriate college and high school representatives. Parents cannot contact instructors or advisors on a student's behalf. College instructors are not informed of a student's age or enrollment status. Student's who wish to share information with their parents must complete a release form. Further information is available from the Registrar’s Office at (208) 769-3320.

Advising
Contact Marcy Hoggatt for individual dual credit advising. Divisions have provided recommendations [PDF] for success.

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