High school juniors and seniors in South Dakota receive a special discount for dual credit courses; paying only $48.33 per credit hour thanks to a program approved by the South Dakota Legislature. That’s a deal compared to the typical cost of about $200 per credit at the state’s four technical colleges and $300 per credit at the state’s public universities.
Benefits of Dual Credit:
- Save time by earning college credit in high school that you can apply towards a college certificate or degree.
- Save money during your junior and senior year in high school with the discounted tuition rate of $48.33 per credit hour.
- Gain experience, confidence, and motivation for college early on.
- Get access to free college resources such as the library, email, and tutoring services. (Access to wellness centers, sporting events, and other student activities vary amongst institutions.)
Dual Credit Things To Know:
- High school students are also college students when they take dual credit and are held to the same expectations and standards as other college students.
- Students taking dual credit courses are admitted, billed, and graded through the colleges’ policies and procedures.
- Students are responsible to pay $48.33 per credit plus any required textbooks and materials.
- Dual credit course grades become part of the students’ permanent high school and college records.
Dual Credit Courses
Students can choose from a number of on-campus and online HSDC classes.
It is highly recommended that students contact a university or technical college admissions representative to advise on which dual credit courses they should take.
Students should work directly with their school counselor to register for HSDC courses. This helps to ensure that all high school requirements are being met. Each college has its own registration form, and students should work with their local school contact to complete the necessary paperwork.
Dates and Deadlines:
SD Public University Dual Credit Advisory Tools
All HSDC courses offered by the South Dakota Board of Regents are part of the general education curriculum required for any degree program in the system. The term “general education” consists of required coursework (30 credit hours in total) that helps students build foundational skills across a spectrum of topics necessary for success in any career. If you are looking to graduate college faster, it’s a good idea to focus on taking only the HSDC courses that are necessary to complete your degree. Find HSDC coursework suggestions based on your interests in the advisory tools below.
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