Dual Credit Program
Dual credit courses are an excellent way for college-bound high school students to get a head start on their college careers.
Dual credit courses are college courses taken by high school students while still enrolled in their high school. The student receives academic credit from LC and their native high school. These courses are Lincoln College courses; and therefore, carry the same description, content, prerequisites, learning outcomes, and other requirements as other corresponding LC courses. Students must meet all admissions criteria and follow the stated dual credit enrollment procedures when enrolling in Dual Credit courses. Upon completion of a dual credit course, the earned grades will be recorded on the student’s Lincoln College transcript. Most courses may be transferable to other institutions of higher education; however, the student is strongly encouraged to confirm transferability with the receiving institution.
Courses may be taught at times and locations (e.g., the high school, the college, or online) as determined by the High School and the College.
For the 2013-14 school year, Lincoln College tuition for dual credit courses is $130/credit hour or $390 for a 3 credit hour course. Payment for dual credit courses is made directly to Lincoln College.
Students accepted for enrollment in college-level courses must have the appropriate academic background and sufficient time to devote to their college courses. Participating students are ordinarily juniors or seniors in high school with a strong academic history. They select courses in consultation with the high school counselor or principal.
Students who wish to enroll in English composition or Math courses are required to take a Lincoln College assessment test prior to registration. To continue taking dual-credit courses, students must meet the academic progress standards of Lincoln College.
Dual-credit students register for courses at the high school by following these steps:
- Complete an application for admission to Lincoln College.
- Complete any required assessment tests.
- Pay tuition and fees directly to Lincoln College.
Course work will be recorded on each student’s Lincoln College academic transcript.
Withdrawing from Courses
It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw in writing from a course. A dual credit student wishing to withdraw should contact the high school counselor for assistance in completing the withdrawal process. Students should understand that withdrawal may result in future loss of financial aid.
A grade of “W” will be recorded when a withdrawal is processed prior to the date for withdrawing without penalty. After that date, which is published on the Lincoln College website, a grade of “WF” is recorded when a student is doing “D” or “F” work; a grade of “W” is recorded when the student is doing “C” work or better.
Financial Aid & Academic Progress
Dual-credit courses are recorded on a student’s transcript and are, therefore, considered in future financial aid eligibility. Accordingly, students must be mindful of the financial aid consequences of taking college courses. Students must meet three academic progress requirements to continue financial aid at Lincoln College or elsewhere.
- Minimum hours earned: Students must pass at least 67% of all credit hours attempted.
- Grade point average: Cumulative GPA must meet or exceed 2.00 (“C” average).
- Maximum time frame: Students are allowed a maximum of 150% of a program’s length to complete a degree. Included in the number of credit hours attempted are dual credit courses, transfer hours (accepted from another institution), withdrawals, incompletes, repeated courses, and “F”s.
Repeating a Dual-Enrollment Course
If a student elects to repeat a course, the last grade received will be used in computing the cumulative grade point average. However, all grades received will be recorded on the permanent record, and other institutions may include all grades in evaluating the student’s academic record.
Student Access to Lincoln College
Dual credit students have access to Lincoln College resources. These resources include the library, tutoring services and student activities. Upon enrolling in the dual credit program, students will be issued a Lincoln College ID card that provides access to College resources and activities.
All faculty teaching in the program must be appropriately credentialed. For all college-level courses, Lincoln College’s standard is a master’s degree with at least 18 graduate hours related to the discipline taught. Official faculty transcripts must be submitted to Lincoln College’s Office of Academic Affairs for review prior to a teaching assignment.
Dual credit faculty are encouraged to participate in all activities available to adjunct faculty including professional development, seminars, and internal college communication.