dual credit information and resources
What is Dual Credit?
Dual credit is an opportunity for high school students to enroll in postsecondary institutions in South Dakota while earning credits for both their high school diploma and postsecondary degree or certificate at the same time. Students are able to take a number of on-campus or online courses offered during their 11th and 12th grade school year and even during the summer semester prior to their senior year.
What are the benefits?
- Dual credit courses give students a chance to jump start their postsecondary careers
- Earn high school and college credit simultaneously
- Significant cost savings through reduced tuition costs - only $48.33 per credit (student is also responsible for any other additional costs associated with the course - this might include books, supplies or lab fees)
- Increased confidence for college success by getting to know what college coursework will be like
- Give students a closer look at their interests
Students in grades 11-12 can register for dual credit courses at the rate of $48.33 per credit. The student must meet ONE of the following criteria:
Students who do not meet one of the above requirements may take the Accuplacer exam to qualify by earning:
- Sentence Skills score of 86 or higher AND
- Elementary Algebra score of 76 or higher
Note: students interested in certain subjects such as Math or English MUST have a qualifying ACT subscore to register for those particular courses.
- an Accuplacer subscore may be used if you have not taken the ACT test yet.