Frequently Asked Questions about Earning College Credit While Still in High School
- What is Concurrent Enrollment?
- Who is eligible to take Concurrent Enrollment classes?
- What Concurrent Enrollment classes are offered at my high school?
- Why aren’t all high school classes taught as Concurrent?
- What do I need to do to get signed up for Concurrent classes?
- How do I know what CE classes to register for?
- Are CE classes different from regular high school classes?
- I heard CE classes earn more high school credit than a regularclass. Is that true?
- How many CE classes can I take? Should I register for as many as I can?
- I have heard excessive college credit not leading to a degree can causeproblems…Can you have TOO MUCH credit?
- How much does CE cost?
- What about grades?
- What if I don’t want to attend the university where the credit is beingoffered?
- Can I get my associate degree while still in high school?
- What is the EDGE Scholarship?
- What is the New Century Scholarship?
- Can I use concurrent classes to fulfill the requirements for the RegentsScholarship?
Students must be in 11thor 12th grade, 10th graders may enroll in specifically designated classes (PLTW). To qualify totake general education courses, students must have a 3.0 GPA and maintain upper-level academic standing likely earning an A or B from the CE class and have good attendance. Students must comply with special course qualifications (ACT scores and/or course pre-requisites). To qualify to take CTE concurrent courses, students must have a 2.0 GPA and maintain good attendance.
You must first be admitted to the college/university offering the concurrent class. We recommend that admission be completed prior to actually beginning the class (during the summer). This involves paying a one-time admission fee. Once you are admitted, you are eligible to register for the class. A tuition charge of $5 per credit hour will be charged at time of registration. This two-step process of admission and registration MUST be completed prior to the college/university CE deadline (usually during the first two weeks of class)—NO exceptions.
Concurrent Enrollment classes are rigorous college-level courses. These classes use college textbooks, follow a college syllabus, and cover more material at a faster rate and at a more in-depth level than regular high school courses. CE courses use assessment instruments (tests) as specified by the sponsoring college departments.
Yes, you may have the opportunity to earn additional high school credit for completing a CE course. This applies to a 3 credit hour college course taught in one high school semester which will earn one full high school credit. Note: Classes earning less than 3 credits or that are taught for a full year do not qualify for additional high school credit.
Concurrent Enrollment credit is transferable to all in-state public institutions and to some private schools and out-of-state institutions on a case-by-case basis. Be sure to check with your institution of choice to see if elective CE credit will align with their degree programs. If you want your concurrent credit transferred to another university, you must initiate that process by contacting the registrar’s office of the university where you earned the creditand request a transcript.
Weber State University offers the EDGE Scholarship to any student graduating in June, 2014 and after who has earned 12 concurrent credits from WSU and has maintained a 3.0 GPA on their college transcript. This scholarship is worth $1500 over two semesters for full-timestudents (must register for a minimum of 12 credits at WSU). For more information, visit www.weber.edu/concurrentenrollmentedge
Bottom Line……CE is a great WIN-WIN
For more information:
Your CTE Coordinator is your Site Representative for all CE programs offered at your school.
Your school counselor can help guide you with appropriate class selection.