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Dual Enrollment FAQs

When and where may dual enrollment courses be taken?

These courses may be taken before, during or after school or during the summer. They may be offered at the high school or college.

How many high school credits are awarded for dual enrollment courses?

Typically, six postsecondary semester credit hours earned through dual enrollment will equal one high school credit. However, for several dual enrollment courses three postsecondary semester credit hours will equal one high school credit. Students should check with their guidance counselor for information regarding how dual enrollment courses apply to high school graduation requirements.

How are dual enrollment courses weighted?

Many college credit dual enrollment courses are weighted the same as honors and advanced placement courses when grade point averages are calculated. See your high school guidance counselor for details. State universities are not required to weight dual enrollment credit in calculating grade point averages for admission.

Will dual enrollment courses transfer to other colleges and universities?

Dual enrollment college credit will transfer to any public college or university offering that course with the same prefix and number and must be treated as though taken at the receiving institution.

However, upon high school graduation if students do not attend the same college or university where they earned the dual enrollment credit the application of transfer credit to general education, prerequisite, and degree programs may vary at the receiving institution.

How can I receive advising on Dual Enrollment and course selection?

Course selections will be derived from a process that begins with discussions between the parent, student, IRSC Provost/Dean or designated contact or IRSC Educational Services, and the Dual Enrollment contact at the high school. Discussions should focus on IRSC courses taught in accordance with IRSC course outlines. These courses should fall within the parameters of the articulation agreements. Consideration should also be given to how the course will meet the high school student's graduation requirements.

Are online classes for me?

Distance Learning courses provide a flexible environment using a variety of delivery methods. Online courses are one type of Distance Learning. They are college credit courses that are offered through the Internet. Distance Learning can be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience for students, but it is not for everyone. How will you know if Distance Learning courses fit your educational needs? How will you know whether or not you might succeed?

What skills do I need to become a successful Dual Enrollment student?

Do you have the:

  • Ability to immediately ask for help.
  • Exhibit patience and persistence.
  • Show signs of maturity and responsibility.
  • Are you a self-starter.
  • Do you have Access to a Computer?
  • Do you have the Ability to Utilize a Computer?
  • Are you Self-directed?
  • Do you have the time to commit to each class?
  • Can you:
    Complete work on time or before the work is due.
  • Have the ability to adhere to deadlines without reminders from the instructor.
  • Have the ability to work independently without reminders from the instructor.
  • Self-disciplined - "Out of sight - out of mind".

Do you have the following skills required to do well in class?

  • Communication Skills
  • Adequate Writing Skills
  • Adequate Reading Skills
  • Ability to take tests
  • Ability to understand classroom materials

What are Dual Enrollment instructional requirements?

Dual Enrollment is the enrollment of students in college classes while still in high school. In order for IRSC to provide dual enrollment classes, it is necessary to assure the same standards of instruction as in all other college classes, including academic practices and collegiate learning environment.

What are student qualifications for courses?

To be eligible for participation in the Dual Enrollment program, students must meet all of the qualifications listed below.

  1. 10th - 12th grade classification.
  2. Written notification from the high school signed by a school official.
  3. Written approval of the student's parent or legal guardian if the student is under 18 years of age.
  4. In order to enroll in certain academic courses, students must provide IRSC with Enhanced ACT, SATI-Recentered or CPT scores that are no more than two years old.


A three (3) credit hour (semester hour) course is equivalent to ½ high school credit.

What about grades?

Courses offered under Dual Enrollment are postsecondary courses; therefore, all assignments and exams will be college-level and will be graded on a college-level basis in accordance with all appropriate IRSC policies.

Under the IRSC grades and records policy, final grades for each term are recorded and preserved. Grade reports are sent to students at the end of each semester. Grades will no longer be mailed to students. 

What about withdrawals?

IRSC permits withdrawal from a course without receiving a grade penalty provided the appropriate IRSC deadlines are followed.

Dual Enrollment and Financial Aid

Students who are taking Dual Enrollment classes at IRSC are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid such as Pell grants or student loans until they have earned a high school diploma. This is because Financial Aid recipients are expected to have completed high school. However, your efforts in dual enrollment classes may have an effect on your future financial aid eligibility.

Financial Aid offices in every college in the country are required to keep track of every student's academic progress. This measurement is called Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). SAP at IRSC has three requirements:

  • Students must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average (GPA).
  • Students must satisfactorily complete (pass) at least 67% of the credit hours in which they enroll.
  • Students must complete their degree or program of study in no more then 150% of the normal time allowed.

All of these rules are cumulative. That is, these rules consider all college level classes a student has attempted. This includes high school/college dual enrollment classes which will be considered in all three of the calculations listed above.

Here is an explanation of each calculation and its use:

The GPA calculation will include all of your classes. Each grade is assigned a value as follows: A-4, B-3, C-2, D-1, and F-0. When you receive your final grade, that grade value is multiplied by the number of credit hours for that course, and this number is added to similar results from all your other courses. Then that sum is divided by the total number of credit hours you have taken. This is a Grade Point Average. You must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 or "C" average to remain eligible for financial aid.

The completion rate percentage is calculated by dividing the number of credit hours completed by the number of hours attempted times 100. For example, consider a student who enrolls in six hours, and completes only three hours. That student has a 50% completion rate (3/6 times 100). Therefore it is important that students choose courses wisely so as not to withdraw or fail those courses.

The total attempted credit percentage calculation is the total number of credit hours attempted divided by the number of hours in the student's program times 100. As an example lets consider that an Associate in Arts (AA) degree is sixty hours in length. Students will not be eligible for further financial aid after they have attempted more than 90 hours (90/60 times 100). This rule is not likely to be of significance to you now; however, if you take courses which do not count toward your degree, or if you withdraw or fail courses you may find yourself in this situation toward the end of your degree program.

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