Dual Credit - Parents

Is Dual Credit a Good Choice for Your Family?

To succeed in the dual credit program, your student 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:

  • Saving money for a college class by paying a reduced tuition of $65.00 per credit as a dual credit student.
  • Completing most of the first year of college by the end of high school if your student begins dual credit their junior year.
  • Convenience of taking a class on the high school campus.
  • 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.
  • A wider selection of electives.
  • Participating in a college atmosphere may help your student excel in learning.

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 is considered a regular college student responsible for their education. Take into consideration the maturity level of your student.

Home School Students

Home School Students are welcome to participate in the dual credit program. 10% of our dual credit students are homeschoolers. Contact the Office of Advanced Opportunities for more information or an advising appointment.

Important Items to Consider


  • 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 student is also responsible for completing all high school graduation requirements.
  • Your student will have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree and high school diploma at the same time.
  • Generally, the college credits your student 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.

Paying for Classes
Idaho State Department of Education - Office of Advanced Opportunities beginning July 1, 2016 offers:

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 
Dual credits are courses taken by high school students that are transcribed on their high school and college transcripts. The Fast Forward program can pay for up to $75.00 per credit, and in most cases, the cost of these credits is $65.00. 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 career and technical exams. These include Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or Career Technical Education (CTE) exams. 
Overload Courses 
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 moving ahead with completing high school requirements early and when your student is 16 years old, by starting college early through dual credit!

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 federal financial aid is not available for dual credit students.

How Does My Son/Daughter Apply to be a Dual Credit Student?
Return to the Dual Credit homepage and click on “Admissions Steps” under “How to Enroll”. For more information call the Office of Advanced Opportunities (Dual Credit and Career Technical Programs)

Reasons Students May Not Be Able to Register for Classes

  • Dual Credit Authorization Form (DCAF) not submitted
  • Placement test scores may not satisfy requirements for class
  • Outstanding tuition or fees on Student Account from previous semester
  • Academic probation from current or previous semester
  • If a student applies to NIC but does not take a class, their account becomes dormant or inactive. To reactivate their account, student must re-apply as a Dual Credit High School Student - www.NIC.edu/Apply (It takes about 5 minutes). Their application will be updated and processed.
  • High School class dates may overlap NIC class between semesters

Dual credit can open new and exciting frontiers in your student's academic, social, and personal life while they continue to participate in high school sports, music, clubs, or other extracurricular activities.

College Expectations
As a college student, your student is expected to conduct themselves 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 student’s written permission, NIC will not share student records with anyone but the student and appropriate college and high school representatives. Students who wish to share information with their parents must complete a release form. Parents cannot contact instructors or advisors on a student's behalf. College instructors are not informed of a student's age or enrollment status. Further information is available from the Registrar’s Office at (208) 769-3320.

Contact our office for individual Dual Credit or Career Technical Education advising appointments (208) 625-2329.