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Dual Credit

Are you interested in earning college credit while still in high school? A great way to get a head start on your college education, save time, and save money is to enroll in college courses while still in high school. Plus courses may meet your high school graduation requirements. Take college classes offered through your high school, through IVN, or on MSU’s campus. Students in grades 10-12 with a 3.0 or higher high school GPA and approval from their high school administrator are eligible to enroll in dual credit courses.

Advantages of Dual-Credit Courses

  • Save on the immediate and long-term costs of a college education. Much of the cost of higher education stems from room, board, and other living expenses. You and your parents pay for university courses while you live at home and attend high school, so you’ll save those costs. In addition, courses taken at your high school will be billed at a reduced tuition rate from standard MSU courses.
  • Ease into college classes in a comfortable, familiar environment with smaller class sizes.
  • Courses will transfer to other colleges or universities. If you decide not to attend Minot State University following high school graduation, we can help you transfer to the college or university of your choice. If you choose to attend another two-year or four-year institution thing the North Dakota University System (NDUS), transferring is simple thanks to a policy called the General Education Transfer Agreement. Under this policy, general education courses can be easily transferred to another NDUS institution.
  • Receive an MSU Student ID Card. You will be issued an MSU student ID card allowing you to take advantage of many of the services offered to degree seeking MSU students including admission to athletic events, library services, and participation in free MSU events.
  • Early Registration If you choose to pursue a degree at MSU and let us know you plan to attend in the fall semester following your high school graduation, you will be invited to our early CONNECT orientation and registration events.

How to Register for Dual Credit Courses

  • Make sure you meet the dual credit admission requirements:
    • High school G.P.A of 3.0 or higher
    • To enroll in English classes: ACT English section sub-score of 18 or higher or a English COMPASS score of 77 or higher
    • To enroll in math classes: ACT Math section sub-score of 21 or higher or a Math COMPASS score of 49 or higher.
  • Speak with your high school principal or guidance counselor regarding dual credit courses offered at your high school.
  • If you wish to enroll in classes on campus at Minot State contact Jennifer Beneke to discuss course options.
  • Complete the online MSU admission application include $35 nonrefundable application fee (first semester only)
  • Complete Dual Credit Enrollment Application including parent and high school administrator signature.

Cost of Dual Credit Courses
The cost of courses taken from MSU by high school students vary depending on the delivery location. A typical course is 3-4 credit hours. Tuition is due within the first two weeks of the semester. Exact dates can be found by contacting the Business Office.

  • For Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, tuition and fees for courses taken at the high school and on campus are $120.53 per credit hour.
  • For Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, tuition and fees for courses taken online are $259.76 per credit hour.

Emerging Scholars
Earn an Emerging Scholars Award equal to the tuition for each Dual Credit course taken at your high school during your high school junior and/or senior year. When you enroll on the MSU campus as a full-time student for the semester following your high school graduation, you can use your Emerging Scholars Award to offset the cost of tuition and fees. Recipients of the Bank of North Dakota grant and/or Dollars for Scholars may not receive an Emerging Scholars Award.

Financial Assistance Available
Bank of North Dakota allows you to take up to two college courses per school year for free if you meet the following qualifications:

  • You need to be a sophomore, junior, or senior attending a North Dakota high school.
  • The school district superintendent or designee must approve of you taking the course. In most cases, you'll visit with a guidance counselor or principal first.
  • You need to qualify for Free or Reduced Price Lunch.
  • Complete this Dual Credit Assistance Application if you meet these criteria.

Dropping a Course
We encourage you to strongly think through enrollment before applying for a Dual Credit Course, but if you decide you need to drop a course please use the following guidelines:

  • If you are taking more than one course, but only dropping one of them, complete the Dual Credit Drop Form
  • The course must be dropped within the first 8.99% of instructional days of the semester. The exact date can be determined from the Business Office. After this date, there will be no refund for a dropped class.
  • If you are dropping all your courses, please complete the withdrawal form. A sliding scale tuition refund process is used based on the withdrawal date.

You must contact Minot State University directly to drop a course. Requests made to your high school administrator or counselor does not guarantee a change in enrollment at Minot State University.

Questions?
Contact Jennifer Beneke
Credit Coordinator
(701) 858-3990
1-800-777-0750, ext. 3990
Fax: (701) 858-4343
jennifer.beneke@minotstateu.edu