A dual credit course is a college course you can take during high school to earn both high school and college credits. The classes are often taught at the high school during school hours. You may also be able to take classes at a college during the day, evening or on a weekend. Check with your school to see what dual credit course options are available.
By taking advantage of dual credit courses, you can start earning college credit while still living at home. You also get a head start on your college education, which for most people means taking less money out in student loans.
If you can’t afford to pay for dual credit courses, you can take out a student loan to cover the cost or consider the dual credit assistance offered by Bank of North Dakota (BND). You must meet these requirements to be eligible for dual credit assistance from BND:
- 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 the free or reduced-price lunch program.
- You must complete a Dual Credit Assistance Application.