Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment

Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment
Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between dual credit and dual enrollment?

Where can I take dual credit/dual enrollment courses?

What are the advantages of taking dual credit/dual enrollment courses?

How much do dual credit/dual enrollment courses cost?

What courses can I take?

Can I enroll in dual credit and dual enrollment courses at the same time?

What are the admission requirements for the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Program?

Do I have to maintain a certain GPA to remain eligible for the program?

Are there any prerequisites for dual credit/dual enrollment courses?

How do I apply for the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Program?

How will I know if I’ve been accepted and enrolled in the program?

How do I get my textbooks?

When do my courses begin and end?

What if I need to drop a class?

What is MSSU’s refund policy for dual credit/dual enrollment courses?

What is the grading policy?

What other types of policies am I bound by as an MSSU Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Student?

What is FERPA and how does it affect me?

Will my courses transfer to other institutions?

How can I get a copy of my official transcript?

How do I pay for my dual credit/dual enrollment courses?

Am I eligible for financial aid?

What are other ways in which I can earn college credit while still in high school?

Will I receive any student privileges?

Who do I call if I have more questions?

 

 

What’s the difference between dual credit and dual enrollment?

MSSU defines Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment as such:

Dual Credit – Dual credit enables qualified high school students to take college-level courses taught by qualified high school instructors.  Students simultaneously receive academic credit for the course from both the high school and MSSU.  

Dual Enrollment – Dual enrollment enables qualified high school students to take college-level courses that are taught by an MSSU Faculty member while simultaneously enrolled in the high school and MSSU.  Credit is typically only awarded at the university level; however, students may be eligible to earn high school credit for such courses with approval from the high school district.  Dual enrollment opportunities at MSSU will likely be delivered to the student through a distance learning delivery mode (online).

For more definitions related to the program, check the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Handbook.

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Where can I take dual credit/dual enrollment courses?

Mode of Delivery

Dual Credit

Dual Enrollment

  • High school faculty teaches at the high school campus (traditional format)

X

 

  • High school student enrolls in online class taught by University faculty member

X

X

  • High school student enrolls in on-campus class taught by University faculty member

X

X

  • University faculty member teaches at the high

school campus

X

X

  • University faculty member teaches through

interactive television (ITV)

X

X

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What are the advantages of taking dual credit/dual enrollment courses?

  • Affordable ACCESS to QUALITY University level undergraduate education
  • Earn college credit to JUMP START a baccalaureate degree
  • A GEOGRAPHICALLY FEASIBLE opportunity to enrich the high school educational experience
  • Access to UNIVERSITY RESOURCES to aid in your academic success
  • See our flyer for more details (PDF)

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 How much do dual credit/dual enrollment courses cost? 

The tuition rate for dual credit and dual enrollment courses is $50/credit hour.  Dual credit/dual enrollment students do not incur any special course fees or incidental fees.  However, students are required to pay for textbooks for each course in which they are enrolled.  Click here for more information. 

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What courses can I take?

Courses offered through the program are mainly geared towards the General Education Requirements, which is the equivalent of “college core courses” required for all four-year degrees.  Check out specific course information by clicking here.

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Can I enroll in dual credit and dual enrollment courses at the same time?

Yes!  Students may take both types of courses simultaneously. 

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What are the admission requirements for the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Program?

  • Completion of the sophomore year in high school with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent*
  • Pursuit of the state-designated college preparatory high school curriculum
  • Recommendation by the student’s  principal or his/her designee
  • Meet the same requirements for admission to individual courses (e.g. prerequisites, test scores) as those required of an on-campus student

*Freshmen and sophomores may be eligible for dual credit/dual enrollment with special permission from the high school and MSSU

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Do I have to maintain a certain GPA to remain eligible for the program?

Yes.  In order to remain eligible for continued participation in the dual credit/dual enrollment program, students must meet the established MSSU academic standards that are published in the University catalog.  Failure to maintain these standards will result in a loss of privileges to participate further in the program.

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Are there any prerequisites for dual credit/dual enrollment courses?

There could be depending upon the course in which you wish to enroll.  The Missouri Department of Higher Education requires dual credit students to meet the same course placement requirements in effect for the institution’s regularly attending student body.  For a listing of prerequisites in the most commonly taken dual credit courses, click here.

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How do I apply for the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Program?

Application instructions and deadlines for High School and Home School students can be found by clicking here.

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How will I know if I’ve been accepted and enrolled in the program?

An e-mail or text message confirmation will be sent to the e-mail address and/or cell phone number provided on the application once acceptance and course registration is complete.  The timing of this email is unpredictable as a large volume of students are being enrolled from various high schools during the same time frame.  Check in with the High School Dual Credit Instructor and/or Coordinator to check on your status if you have not received anything by the fourth week of classes.

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How do I get my textbooks?

Textbook arrangements can vary by school.  If your course is being taught at the high school by a high school instructor, check with your high school instructor or coordinator for further details.  If your course is being taught by MSSU, you will pick up your books in the same manner as all other MSSU students at the MSSU Bookstore.  Make sure to identify yourself as a dual credit student at the bookstore if you have yet not been issued a Lion Card.  Additional textbook information can be found by clicking here.

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When do my courses begin and end?

The timing of when your course(s) will begin and end depends upon the mode of delivery.  If your course is being taught at the high school by a high school instructor, check with your high school instructor or coordinator for exact dates.  If your course is being taught by MSSU, the MSSU academic calendar will be followed.  Access calendars by clicking here.

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What if I need to drop a class?

We understand sometimes a class may need to be dropped.  Please refer to the Course Drop/Withdrawal & Refunds Calendar for important dates related to dropping a class and the refund of fees.  A drop cannot be processed without completing the Course Withdrawal Request Form.  Once the form is complete, you can send it to the Office of Academic Outreach for processing. 

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What is MSSU’s refund policy for dual credit/dual enrollment courses?

Please refer to the Course Drop/Withdrawal & Refunds Calendar for important dates related to dropping a class and the refund of fees.  Policies and procedures related to refunds can be found in Student Tuition & Fees section of the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Handbook.

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What is the grading policy?

Dual credit/dual enrollment grading policies will fall within the University guidelines for all MSSU students.  The MSSU grading policy can be found in the Academic Affairs section of the University Catalog.  Additional information about grades can be found in the Grades section of the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Handbook.

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What other types of policies am I bound by as an MSSU Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Student?

As a dual credit/dual enrollment student, you are considered an MSSU student and are bound to policies that affect all students.  Policies can be found in the Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Handbook, the University Catalog, as well as the Student Handbook.

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What is FERPA and how does it affect me?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended (also referred to as the Buckley Amendment), is a federal law regarding the privacy of student educational records and the access provided to these records. Any educational institution that receives funds under any program administered by the U.S. Secretary of Education is bound by FERPA requirements.  Click here to find out more detailed information about how this affects you as a dual credit/dual enrollment student.  If you’d like to allow your parents access to your MSSU educational records, you can fill out this release form and turn it in to the Office of Academic Outreach.

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 Will my courses transfer to other institutions? 

Yes, subject to the other institution’s guidelines for transfer credit.  We recommend you check with the institution to which you wish to transfer credit, prior to completing the course.  Some information is available from our Registrar’s Office about transferability of courses – click here for the online Transfer Guide. 

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How can I get a copy of my official transcript?

Upon the request of the student, MSSU will send transcripts of work completed in the dual credit/dual enrollment program to other colleges and universities for purposes of transfer.  As in all other transfer situations, final determination of the credit awarded will be at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Transcript requests may be completed online.  Transcripts will not be furnished for any student with an outstanding balance.  The cost for an official transcript is $10.

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How do I pay for my dual credit/dual enrollment courses?

For the convenience of our students, MSSU offers several ways to make payments to student accounts.  Payment plans are available!  Go to www.mssu.edu/paymybill for more information about payment plans!

Online
LioNet allows students the ability and flexibility of online payments.  Payments accepted via LioNet include:  E-Check, Visa, Mastercard & Discover

In Person
Student account balances paid in person can be made at the Bursar's Office Cashier Windows located on the 1st floor of Hearnes Hall, Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm.  After-hours payments can be placed in the Bursar's Office drop box, located outside of the main entrance to Hearnes Hall.  Be sure to include your student ID number with all drop box payments. Payments accepted in person include:  Cash, Check, Money Order, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, & 3rd Party Sponsors.  Checks should be made payable to MSSU and include the student’s SID number.

Mail
Payments options made by mail include:  Check, Money Order & 3rd Party Sponsors.  Please ensure checks are made payable to MSSU and include the student's ID number.  Please do not send cash by mail. Returned checks/e-checks are subject to a $15.00 returned check fee.  Post-dated checks are not accepted and will be returned.

Mail payments should be addressed to:  

Bursar's Office
MSSU
Attn: Cashier
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801

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Am I eligible for financial aid?

No.  Dual credit/dual enrollment students are classified as special students and do not qualify for financial aid.

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What are other ways in which I can earn college credit while still in high school?

The Advanced Placement (AP) program and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) both allow students to gain college credit in various subject areas by successfully completing comprehensive examinations in those subjects.  If you are interested in these programs, you may call the MSSU Advising Counseling and Testing Center (ACTS) at 417/625-9324.

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Will I receive any student privileges?

Yes!  Click here to start taking full advantage your student benefits and resources!

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 Who do I call if I have more questions?

Click here for listing of important MSSU contacts.  If the course is being taught at your high school, you can contact your instructor or your coordinator at the high school.

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