Dual Credit

Through a new program approved by the South Dakota Legislature, dual credit coursework is available to high school students in grades 11-12 at the rate of $48.33 per credit. That compares to about $200 per credit at the state's four technical institutes and $300 per credit at the state's public universities. Students are responsible for the $48.33 per-credit cost and any required textbooks or related course materials.

What is Dual Credit?

Dual credit is an opportunity for high school students to enroll in post-secondary institutions in South Dakota while earning credits for both their high school diploma and post-secondary degree or certificate at the same time.

What are the benefits of dual credit?

Dual credit courses provide students with a number of benefits, including:
  • A jump start to students' post-secondary careers
  • Significant cost savings for students and parents through reduced tuition costs.
  • Increased confidence for college success.

What courses are available?

Students are able to take a number of on-campus and online courses offered by public post-secondary institutions in South Dakota, including general education and career and technical education courses.

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How much do dual credit courses cost?

Select dual credit courses are available to high school students in grades 11-12 at the rate of $40 per credit. Students are responsible for the cost of course credits and any required textbooks or related course materials.

How do I register?

Students should contact Ms. Schmit or Mr Jensen to register for dual credit courses.Each of the participating public universities and technical institutes have their own registration process. You will find links to the most current registration forms for both the technical institutes and the South Dakota Board of Regents schools by going to http://sdmylife.com/students/advanced-education-opportunities/ . Take the form from the appropriate institution when you meet with Ms. Schmit or Mr. Jensen.

Will these courses transfer?

Courses available through the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) institutions and centers will transfer between each of the six SDBOR institutions including:
  • Black Hills State University
  • Dakota State University
  • Northern State University
  • South Dakota Schools of Mines and Technology
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of South Dakota
Nearly all of the courses available through South Dakota Technical Institutes are specific to a single institution's program and will not transfer between technical institutes or SDBOR institutions. Technical Institutes include:
  • Lake Area Technical Institute
  • Mitchell Technical Institute
  • Southeast Technical Institute
  • Western Dakota Technical Institute
Students are encouraged to check with their institution of choice regarding the transferability of credits earned.

More Information

For more information on dual credit offerings please visit SDMyLife

Dual Credit FAQ's - Students

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