There are many ways to wisely approach preparation for college in order to get the most out of it, and one of the best is the possibility of taking dual enrollment courses while still in high school. On this episode of The Scholarship Shark, I outline what dual enrollment is, how it works for high school students, some of the advantages to being a dually enrolled student, and reasons why it may not be the best option for every student. It’s a short episode, but one packed with great information. Be sure you take the time to listen!

Do you understand the concept of dual enrollment?

What would you say if I told you there was a way your high school student could take one class, let’s say a history class for example, and that class could count for BOTH high school and college credit? It may sound too good to be true but I assure you, it’s not. It’s a program available nationwide called dual enrollment and it has enabled many high school students to graduate from high school with the equivalent of an associate’s degree already as part of their permanent record. Find out how you can take advantage of this great approach to college education and discover whether or not it’s the best fit for your student, on this episode.

College is expensive. That’s one of the reasons dual enrollment courses are so great!

Most college courses are more stringent than a course about the same subject that a student may have taken in high school. That is to be expected. So if your student is able to take the college-level course while in high school instead of the the high school-level course but still receive high school credit for it in addition to college credit, that’s a win-win, wouldn’t you say? And here’s the beauty of it. You only pay for the course once, not twice. AND since many colleges that offer dual enrollment courses are community colleges, their tuition is much more affordable than larger schools, so you get a savings there as well. Listen to this episode to understand why dual enrollment is a great money saver when it comes to paying for your college education.

Dual enrollment courses are for public school, private school, and homeschool students alike

Many times, nationwide programs are only geared toward a traditionally enrolled public school approach. But dual enrollment courses do not fall into that category. Any high school student can take advantage of dual enrollment. Our family follows a homeschool approach and we’ve done it with no problem. On this episode, I walk through the different scenarios possible and highlight how to take advantage of dual enrollment from each perspective. You’ll want to hear this!

Even though it’s a great idea, dual enrollment isn’t a one-size-fits-all option

While it sounds great to get college and high school credit from one class, it’s not always the best solution. Yes, it could save you money and time, but it’s not always the best approach because dually enrolling could cause a student to miss out on the perks offered by other types of classes. AP classes are one example – they are often valued by colleges more and can actually be more demanding than many of the entry-level college courses offered through dual enrollment. I discuss the various options when it comes to dual enrollment on this episode, so I invite you to listen and choose the option that is best for you.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:41] Are you a good candidate for my Deep-Dive strategy session?
  • [1:42] How you can earn college credits while you’re still in high school
  • [2:35] Reasons dual enrollment is a great idea for many students
  • [3:39] Why the dual enrollment approach saves you money
  • [4:35] Different ways you can take advantage of dual enrollment
  • [7:25] Reasons you may not want to take dual enrollment courses
  • [10:05] It’s important to connect with colleges about their view of dual enrollment courses

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