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How to Participate in Dual Enrollment
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Here are a few tips for helping your child participate in a dual enrollment course.

1. Take the ACT or SAT – Almost all colleges will have minimum ACT/SAT scores before they will register your student in a dual credit class. Sometimes, this is only for the subject corresponding with the course the student wants to take. PLAN to take the ACT near the end of the student’s SOPHOMORE year if you plan to dual enroll the student as a junior.

2. Contact the admissions departments at local colleges and universities. Introduce yourself as a homeschool parent and ask to speak to the dual enrollment counselor. You want to ask what the requirements are to enroll your student. The counselor is like to name GPA and ACT scores. Also, ask what classes are available for homeschool students. Some colleges have a very limited number of courses available while other colleges are open to letting dual credit students take any course they want. Be sure to ask the dual credit counselor about scholarships and/or cost of dual credit classes. In our area, they run $65-$75 per credit hour. The state of Kentucky pays for two college classes for every student, including homeschoolers. The dual credit counselor is likely to be able to provide this information to you for your area.

(Optional) – If you want to consider online classes outside your local area, follow the same process as above. Be sure that your student gets training or has access to help in whatever online portal they use. (Blackboard, etc.)

3. Prepare a transcript. You are going to need this when your student graduates anyway. List your school information, the courses your student has completed, his/her grades, and cumulative grade point average (GPA). Some colleges will also ask for a letter of good standing.

4. Choose the class or classes your student will take. Looking up reviews of the professors can be a big help in deciding. is an excellent source of information on professors.

5. Talk to a professor personally or discuss options for special medical or learning needs before a student enrolls. Colleges have privacy rules that don’t allow them to talk to parents – even of minors. If you speak to them before enrollment, you may have better luck.

6. Help your student fill out the admission paperwork. This is a great assignment. Be right there with them, but make sure they are learning this skill.

7. Take your student to the campus and find the classroom together. Take them to the bookstore or show them how to find their books. If you purchase at the bookstore, be sure to save the receipt. You may want to shop for online options as well. Make sure you have the book before class starts, but keep it in returnable condition until after the first day of class.

8. Have your student give you a copy of their syllabus. They are a dual credit student, not a full-fledged college student. You are still their most trusted advisor. Help them plan their time so they can get all their assignments turned in on time.

9. Pay your bill. Keep that receipt too.

10. Have your student tell you his/her final grade in the class and make sure you list it on your student’s high school transcript.

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