Dual enrollment helps students reach their college aspirations while in high school. It’s a cool concept and Montana students have the ability to go for FREE. That’s right, we said, “free!”
Here are just a few things we love about dual enrollment:
- Intro to College 101 - Students take college courses, earn credit that may apply to their high school transcript and to their future college studies, and gain a better understanding of the expectations professors set for college-level coursework. It’s a “best of both worlds” scenario - students experience a higher level of learning in a familiar environment, with an educator they likely know and trust.
- 1-2-FREE - The Montana University System launched the 1-2-FREE program in 2018, which allows high school students to take up to six credits from Montana public universities and colleges for free.
- Save Money - Put a dent in the cost of attendance by getting a head start in high school. You might even save time to earning your degree, too!
What Are My Options ?
- On Campus - Courses may be offered for college credit only, or for both high school and college credit.
- Online - Courses may be offered for college credit only, or for both high school and college credit.
- At Your High School - More than 70 Montana high schools offer college-level courses on site. Connect with your school counselor to learn about courses offered at your school.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will credits transfer to other colleges?
Yes! You will have an official transcript from the college that awards your credits. The Montana University System (MUS) has implemented a common course numbering policy to ensure credits for equivalent courses are honored at all units of the MUS. Your credits may transfer as degree or elective credit at other accredited colleges and universities outside of Montana. Always check the credit transfer policy at the college you want to attend for details.
Can I receive federal financial aid for dual enrollment courses?
No, but there may be local foundations, organizations, or business groups that offer tuition assistance. Ask your counselor, principal, or dual enrollment coordinator if they know of any resources.
Are there any risks to taking Dual Enrollment courses in high school?
Yes. It’s possible to take dual enrollment courses that will not count toward the college degree you decide to pursue, or will count as an elective credit. Dual credit course grades become part of your permanent college record. If you withdraw, fail, or earn poor grades in dual enrollment courses, your college GPA and your eligibility for federal financial aid may be jeopardized.
Can I receive college credit for dual enrollment classes I took at my high school without registering through the college?
No. It’s important to follow the process and timeline for registration – both at the high school, and at the college.
Can I earn dual enrollment credit from more than one college?
Yes! You can take a combination of courses that best fit your goals. You can take dual enrollment courses online, at your high school, and at your college. If you earn credits from multiple colleges, you might consider transferring your credits to one institution so you have one complete transcript.