Early Entry (Dual Credit)

Early Entry (Dual Credit)

What is early entry (dual credit)?
Dickinson State University (DSU) allows high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to take college courses as Early Entry students and receive college credit, which also may be used to meet high school graduation requirements.  Students should contact their high school guidance counselor or administration about their school’s policy.
 

Can I take a class from DSU and not receive high school credit?
Yes, students may take college courses while in high school without requesting credit from their high school for the courses.  High school students need approval from an administrator to take college courses. 

Transferability
DSU is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. As a result of this accreditation, course credits will transfer without difficulty.  All institutions within the North Dakota University System will accept any course approved by the General Education Transfer Agreement (GERTA).

Tuition and Fees
The student and student’s parent and/or legal guardian are responsible for all tuition, fees, books and other costs.  Tuition and fees are charged according to the college credit awarded.


What does it cost?
The cost of courses taken from DSU by high school students may vary depending upon the financial support provided by the high school. Students should contact their high school guidance counselor/administrator regarding early entry subsidized and unsubsidized tuition rates.

  • High School Campus and ITV (Unsubsidized)
    For the 2015-2016 academic year, the unsubsidized cost per credit for courses taught at a high school is $120.53.  Most classes are 3 credits ($120.53 x 3 = $361.59). There are minimal university system fees.  You will be billed by the Office of Business Affairs after you enroll. 
  • High School Campus and ITV (Subsidized)
    For the 2015-2016 academic year, the subsidized cost per credit for courses taught at a high school is $70.53.  Most classes are 3 credits ($70.53 x 3 = $211.59). There are minimal university system fees.   You will be billed by the Office of Business Affairs office after you enroll. 
  • Courses taken on DSU campus (No high school credit awarded)
    For the 2015-2016 academic year, the cost per credit taught on the DSU campus is $257.20.  Most classes are 3 credits ($257.20 x 3 = $771.60).  There are minimal university system fees.  You will be billed by the Office of Business Affairs after you enroll.

 

Is there Financial Aid?
Families who desire financial assistance can apply through the Bank of North Dakota. 
The Bank of North Dakota allows students to enroll in two college courses per school year for free if they meet the following qualifications.  To be eligible, a student must:

  1. Be a current sophomore, junior or senior attending a North Dakota high school.
  2. Receive authorization from High School to take approved dual credit course.
  3. Qualify for Free or Reduced Price Lunch.
  4. Submit application for assistance to BND during the course enrollment process. Complete this Dual Credit Assistance Application if you meet these criteria.

 

Next Steps
If you are interested in taking college courses while in high school the first step is to talk with your high school guidance counselor.  Let them know you are interested in taking DSU courses to earn both college and high school credit.   If you have questions contact us at:  dsu.hawk@dickinsonstate.edu 

How do I apply?
There are two steps to apply:

  1. To enroll in a course you need to visit with your high school guidance counselor who will provide you with an enrollment form.  Some courses require evidence of ACT/SAT minimum scores prior to enrollment.  You will need to talk to your high school counselor about course availability and how they fit into the courses you need for high school graduation.
  2. To apply to DSU you will need to complete the online application found at www.dickinsonstate.edu/apply.  There is a one-time $35 application fee. 

How many dual credit courses may I take?
Talk to your high school guidance counselor about class availability and course limits.

Do classes meet college academic standards?
Approved early entry courses meet standards for credit at Dickinson State University and at other schools in the North Dakota University System. 

May I use DSU facilities while enrolled in a dual credit class?
While you are taking college courses through DSU you enjoy the same privileges granted to all DSU students. 
You may use the DSU computer labs and library and you are also welcome to attend all DSU events. 

Does my high school participate in early entry (dual credit)?
Participation varies by semester.  Talk with your high school guidance counselor about your interest in the early entry program.  Courses may also be available by ITV if not offered in your school.

What courses can I take?
Courses vary by high school.  Talk with your high school guidance counselor about class availability.  Courses may also be available by ITV if not offered in your school.