Dual Credit For High School

What is Dual Credit?
 

Dual Credit is the term given to courses in which high school students have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credits simultaneously. Carl Sandburg College offers a diverse selection of dual credit courses with each of our district high schools. 

  • We require dual credit students to be 16 years of age, or of junior status. Some exceptions can be made on a case by case basis. 
  • All dual credit registrations are done through the high school and counselors, however we are more than happy to answer any questions you might have! 
  • Homeschool students will work directly with Linda and Megan (See Contact section of dual credit webpage). 

 click here to read Rev. Lee Johnson's wonderful article about Carl Sandburg College and dual credit

 

Benefits of Taking College Courses while in High School and Transferring with an Associate Degree

Cost - For the 2017-2018 school academic year, the cost for a three-credit-hour course is $480 or $160 per credit hour. Dual credit students receive a scholarship of 50% of their tuition for the first 6 credit hours each semester excluding sum-mer term. There is a $25 student fee per semester. Cost does not include text-books. The scholarship does not apply for the CNA course.

Transferability - Sandburg participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide transfer agreement that is transferable among more than 100 colleges or universities in Illinois. Upon transfer to the university/college of choice, the student will have met lower-division general education requirements for their bachelor’s degree.

Time - Completing dual credit classes during high school means credit is applied toward both high school graduation and college transcripts at the same time, thus reducing time students will spend in college.

Exploration - More time to explore majors/minors in a smaller setting where class sizes are small, and there is more opportunity to interact with faculty and study with peers from high school.

Step 1: Fill Out Carl Sandburg College Application 

Dual Credit students are Carl Sandburg students and students of their high school.  We require our DC students to follow the same process to becoming a student, just as our regular full-time students.  To get started the first step is to apply to Sandburg.  The application is free, and takes about 10 minutes to complete.  Please make sure when asked what type of student you are you check " I am a high school student taking college courses".

 

Step 2: Connect With Your High School Guidance Counselor 

The next step is to connect with your high school counselor and inquire about your options for taking dual credit.  Each high school has their own set of criteria for students to be eligbile to take DC courses.  Some area high schools allow their students to come to our campus during the school day, some take online courses and other schools have dual credit classes embedded i in the high school.  Again, each school is different.  Your best resouce at this stage is hour high school counselor!

 

Step 3: Take Placement Test 

Once you have confirmed you are eligible to take DC courses, we require new students to take the ACCUPLACER placement test.  We work with the high schools to bring students to campus to test prior to registration, we also do testing at the high school. Again your best resource on what your high school offers is your high school counselor.  We would also be more than happy to have you come to campus on your own time  to  take ACCUPLACER. The placement test is only given prior to the first  time you sign up for DC courses.  This step does not need to be completed each semester.  Here is more information about ACCUPLACER. 

Step 4: Fill out Financial Aid (FAFSA) 

The U.S. Department of Education has selected Carl Sandburg College to participate in an experimental program that allows students enrolled in dual credit classes to receive Pell Grants. The Pell Grant program provides monetary assistance to students demonstrating financial need. The maximum award, is $5920 for the 2017-18 academic year. To apply for Pell, families must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  www.fafsa.gov For more information about FAFSA and the experimental pell grant for dual credit please visit our financial aid webpages

 

Step 5: Register For Classes 

Carl Sandburg College staff work with the high school counselors at the high schools to facilitate registration. Students should meet with their high school counselor to begin the process for dual credit enrollment. We are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have!  Please contact Linda Thomas or Megan Jones for more information (see Contact tab on dual credit webpage for their information).

 

Step 6: Pay Your Tuition 

As stated previously, dual credit students are considered Sandburg student.  Tuition is due approx. 2 weeks prior to the semester start.  For fall 2017 semester, tuition is due August 8th. If you are eligible for financial aid, please check your mySandburg acct. to ensure your aid has been applied. One bill will be mailed to the home address upon receipt of course registration. Students are encouraged to check their  mySandburg acct. to access billing, financial  aid and schedule information. Payment plans can be arranged with our business office prior to tuition due date. To talk with the business office about payment, payemnt types and due dates please call 309.341.5283.

Please Note: If payment plan, payment in full or financial aid is not in place by tuition due date, the student will be dropped from all courses. If dropped from courses the student will be required to re-enroll by contacting Linda Thomas or Megan Jones (see Contact tab on dual credit webpage for contact information). Space becomes limited after tuition due date; there is not a guarantee the student will be able to re-enroll in the same course.

 

Step 7: New Dual Credit Student Orientation

All new dual credit students are required to attend one of our dual credit orientation sessions.  Parents are guardians are also encouraged to attend!  For fall 2017 semester there are two DC orientations scheduled: Tuesday 8/8 @ 6pm and Monday 8/14 @ 6pm, both to take place at Carl Sandburg College, Building B, Student Center.  Preregistration is required. Click here to register or call Megan Jones 309.341.5229

 

Step 8: Start Classes and Stay Connected

Work closely with your college instructor, high school counselor and Linda or  Megan to stay informed and  connected. Don't hesitate to ask questions and good luck with your semester!  

Placement testing:

Each course has set reading levels which a student must show aptitude in before placement in the course. The Accuplacer placement test will be able to show the students ability level to qualify for the coursework. For more information on where to take the Accuplacer test, dates given and how to study for the Accuplacer please click here.

 

FIRST TIME DUAL CREDIT STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AN ORIENTATION SESSION

Sessions will be held on August 8 at 6 p.m. and August 14 at 6 p.m. at the Main Campus in Galesburg. Both students and parents are invited to attend. Students will have the opportunity to learn to navigate Sandburg’s online resources including the web portal and Moodle, and the online course management system. There will also be an overview of resources at the Branch Campus. 

Attendees will get their Sandburg ID card, tour the campus and register for prizes. To reserve your seat for dual credit orientation, please complete the form below. You may also contact the Galesburg Campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. M-F, by 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 2nd. ph: 309.341.5229

Fall  2017 tuition is due TUESDAY AUGUST 8th!  

 

Tuition:

For the 2017 - 2018 school year, the cost per credit hour is $160.00. There is a $25 registration fee per semester. This cost does not include textbooks. Dual Credit students receive a scholarship of 50% of their tuition for the first six credit hours each semester, excluding summer term. When students enroll, this scholarship will automatically be applied. The scholarship does not apply for the Certified Nursing Assistant course, NUA 100 or summer coursework.

 

Payment:

Students must make payment in full or enroll in the payment plan by the set dates for the semester, typically 4 weeks prior to the start of the term.  If payment is not made, students will be dropped from their courses and will need to re-enroll and arrange payment. 

One bill will be mailed to the home address upon receipt of course registration. Students are encouraged to check their  mySandburg acct. to access billing, financial  aid and schedule information. Payment plans can be arranged with our business office prior to tuition due date. To talk with the business office about payment, payemnt types and due dates please call 309.341.5283.

Please Note: If payment plan, payment in full or financial aid is not in place by tuition due date, the student will be dropped from all courses. If dropped from courses the student will be required to re-enroll by contacting Linda Thomas or Megan Jones (see Contact tab on dual credit webpage for contact information). Space becomes limited after tuition due date; there is not a guarantee the student will be able to re-enroll in the same course.

 

Financial Aid:

The U.S. Department of Education has selected Carl Sandburg College to participate in an experimental program that allows students enrolled in dual credit classes to receive Federal Pell Grants. This program provides monetary assistance to students demonstrating financial need. The maximum award, is $5920 for the 2017-18 academic year. To apply for Dual Credit Federal Pell, families must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Please visit our financial aid page for more information: http://www.sandburg.edu/Services/Financial-Aid/Dual%20Credit%20Pell%20Guidelines/index.html

 

 

Family Educational Rights & Privacy ACT (FERPA):

 The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, FERPA, was enacted by Congress in 1974 to protect the privacy of student educational records from unauthorized disclosure. All Sandburg Instructors and staff members follow the policy closely. If a parent wants specific information regarding their student’s progress in a course, Sandburg recommends the parent(s) and student schedule a meeting with the instructor. It is vital that the student be included in any communication. In addition, educational information regarding a student will not be released over the phone by a Sandburg official to anyone because the identity of the caller cannot be verified over the phone. 

Coursework:

By their very nature, dual credit courses are more rigorous than high school courses. Students should expect to spend at least two hours of study time for every hour of class time.  This time could increase when a major project or paper is due, or before a major examination. In all cases, the instructors will provide a syllabus for the course that will outline information regarding grading, major assignments, deadlines, policies and procedures. This will give students an overview of the requirements of the course from the first week of class. We encourage the students to review the syllabus closely and discuss with the instructor any requirements they are unclear on. Throughout the semester, instructors will notify students of any major changes to the syllabus. 

Grades:

Sandburg instructors issue grades for courses at the end of the semester. Grades are provided to the school district for processing and placement on the high school transcript for high school credit. In most courses, final grades are determined by a small number of projects, papers or tests. This is common in college courses. Therefore, students and parents need to review the grading criteria for the course which is outlined on the syllabus and understand how final grades are determined.

It is also important to understand how your dual credit course grades might impact your extracurricular activity eligibility. Each high school has their own set of guidelines pertaining to these rules and policies.  Please contact your high school guidance counselor or administrator if you have questions regarding eligibilty and dual credit grades. 

 

 

 

Textbooks:

To find out which books are required, be sure to have your specific section numbers for your classes. At sandburg.edu, click on the class search tab halfway down on the left hand side, below the picture. Search for your class by choosing the semester and then click on the class name to get the course description. Click here to visit our bookstore online.

Students who wish to purchase books through the Carthage campus will need to fill out a book order form, which can be retrieved from the high school counselor or you can call the campus to request one be sent to you. Students are encouraged to order books early, because it takes about 10 days for delivery to the  Carthage campus. Please call ahead for bookstore hours as hours vary by location.  Students can also purchase directly from the Galesburg campus in person or through the web. Bookstore contact information:

  • Carthage 217.357.3129, ext. 0
  • Galesburg 309.341.5259

 

 

Please contact Linda Thomas for the following High Schools: Abingdon/Avon, Bushnell Prairie City, Hamilton, Illini West, Warsaw, West Central and West Prairie.

Linda Thomas
Located: Carthage Campus 
Phone:217.357.3129 x7243
Email: lthomas@sandburg.edu

 

Megan Jones supports the following high schools:  Galesburg, GAVC, Knoxville, Monmouth-Roseville, ROWVA, United, and Williamsfield, as well as Galesburg Christian school and students that are home school.

 

Megan Jones
Located: Galesburg Campus 
Phone:309.341.5229
Email: mjones@sandburg.edu 

 

Questions or concerns?  

If there is a problem in a class or if you have any questions about dual credit, students are always encouraged to contact the instructor directly to address concerns. However, if the student wishes to discuss the issue with Sandburg supervisory personnel, we can assist with process.

mySandburg:

On Sandburg’s web portal, students will find announcements, information about billing, grades, transcripts, class schedule, textbooks for classes, email, and other resources. To login:

  • Click on mysandburg at the upper right hand corner of sandburg.edu
  • Click on the login window. For the first time user, login using the instructions.
  • To reset your password, click on the link and follow the directions.
  • Once you are in mySandburg, explore the various links.

If there are problems, please refer to the Help Desk on the drop down menu on quicklinks on sandburg.edu for troubleshooting tips for a variety of issues or contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@sandburg.edu or 309.341.5446.

Why should I take dual credit?

Dual credit is a good way to get a step ahead of the game with college credit. You have the comfort of taking the class either online, on our campus, or in your own high school with your peers.

 

 How many classes can I take?

Students can take anywhere from three/four credit hours (one class) to a full class load. You must speak with your high school guidance counselor to verify that you are able to enroll in dual credit. You also must meet ACCUPLACER score requirements and pre-requisite requirements for some classes before enrolling.

 

 Will the grades I receive in my dual credit class appear on my high school transcript?

Yes. You will receive credit at both the high school and Carl Sandburg College, therefore, your grade in your dual credit class will show up on your high school, as well as your college transcript.

 

 Will dual credit classes affect my eligibility for high school sports?

It is a possibility that your dual credit classes will be used to calculate your eligibility for high school sports. This is determined by your high school.  We recommend you inquire with your high school guidance counselor or principal for details on how these classes may impact your eligibility. 

 

 Will my dual credit classes transfer?

Dual credit classes do transfer. However, it is up to the receiving school on how those credits will transfer and if your grade in the class meets the requirement of the degree program that you are transferring into.

 

 How do I update my contact information?

Log in to your mySandburg account, go to Student Menu, and click on User Information. Or you can go to our Student Services office in lower level Building E and complete a form to make the  necessary changes.

 

 Can I take dual credit classes in the summer?

Students can take summer classes, however, these are not eligible for the ½ price dual credit award.

 

 Will my high school accommodations be utilized for my dual credit classes?

If you currently have accommodations in your classes at the high school and you would like for us to make the same accommodations, you must bring your IEP to Jake Runge in our Academic Support Services office. He will review and then implement your accommodations.

 

 Will the GPA I earn in dual credit affect my admission to another college?

Possibly. Again, this is up to the receiving institution and their admission guidelines for the degree program that you are entering.

 

 How do I pay for classes?

Each semester there is a tuition due date. Tuition must be paid in full by this date or you will be dropped for non-payment. We also offer a payment plan each semester. Once the student is enrolled, you then can log in to the student’s mySandburg account to set up a payment plan. There is a $35 fee for the payment plan which must be paid with your first payment. 

 

 Are dual credit classes hard?

Yes. Dual credit classes are college level classes so they will be difficult with set deadlines that must be met and attendance requirements.

 

 How do I go about getting a refund for my dual credit class?

Students must drop within the first nine (9) calendar days in order to be eligible for a 100% refund. After those nine calendar days, we no longer offer refunds.

 How do I apply for financial aid? Are dual credit classes eligible for financial aid?

The U.S. Department of Education has selected Carl Sandburg College to participate in an experimental program that allows students enrolled in dual credit to receive Federal Pell Grants. This program provides monetary assistance to students demonstrating financial need. To apply for Dual Credit Federal Pell, families must complete the FAFSA. Go to, www.fafsa.gov to apply. Make sure to enter Sandburg’s school code- 007265.  Please note, at this time home school students participating in dual credit are not eligible to apply for the dual credit Pell. 

Students must also make Satisfactory Academic Progress to continue to receive financial aid. You must maintain a 2.0 GPA and complete 67% of your coursework while attending classes. SAP reviews are held at the end of each term.

Can my parent(s) or legal guardian see my grades?

No. Your parents can sign a proxy to see your tuition balance and to pay your tuition, but they will not be given access to your grades, transcripts or other information at Carl Sandburg College.

 What resources are available to dual credit students?

All the resources available to our regular full-time students is available to dual credit students.  This includes if your classes are embedded in your high school, online, or on our campus. Here are just a few examples: Use of the Tutoring Center and online tutoring, library materials and access to research databases and free Galesburg Transit bus rides with student ID. 

 

 Is dual credit orientation mandatory?

We would like all dual credit students to attend dual credit orientation before starting classes in the fall or spring semester. This orientation will give students a better understanding of what to expect from Carl Sandburg College, as well as, what to expect from their dual credit class/es.

 

 What is the Dual Credit Success Scholarship?

The Dual Credit Success scholarship is offered to students who participated in dual credit while in high school who plan on attending Carl Sandburg College following their graduation from high school. You must apply for FAFSA before you will be considered. The college selects and awards scholarships to the students. It is $1500 one time award for full-time enrollment.