Did you know you can earn college credit in high school by taking concurrent enrollment classes?
What is concurrent enrollment?
Like Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, you can earn both college and high school credit by taking a concurrent enrollment class. Concurrent enrollment classes are taught either at a high school or on a college campus, and they give you a first-hand opportunity to learn how college works, from admissions and registration to college-level classwork.
There are hundreds of concurrent enrollment classes to choose from, such as math, science, social studies, language and fine arts, humanities, world languages, and career and technical education programs.
One thing to remember is that your grades in concurrent enrollment classes become part of your permanent college record, or “transcript.” If you don’t do well in your concurrent enrollment class, that grade will carry over when you enroll in college.
What concurrent enrollment classes should I take?
While it may be fun to take a concurrent enrollment photography class, why not try math or English? Classes in core subjects are best, as they count toward your college general education requirements—which are required for college graduation—and easily transfer between colleges.
Concurrent enrollment saves you money.
Taking concurrent enrollment can save you money on college tuition. Right now, concurrent enrollment classes only cost $5 per credit. Most classes are three credits, meaning you can take a college-level class for $15. The same class could cost you hundreds of dollars to take as a college student. In fact, last year Utah high school students saved nearly $29 million in future tuition expenses by taking concurrent enrollment.
Ask your high school counselor if concurrent enrollment is right for you.
Some questions to ask your counselor about concurrent enrollment:
- How will the concurrent enrollment class(es) I am interested in help me meet high school and college graduation requirements?
- How will the credits I earn from one college transfer to other colleges? How will these credits impact my college financial aid options?
So be smart, plan ahead, and earn college credit in high school with concurrent enrollment. You’ll get college experience, save money, and get ahead before you even graduate.