4 Benefits Of The Dual Enrollment Program

When I was in high school, the Dual Enrollment program seemed like entirely more work than I even wanted to bother with. It wasn’t until after I started college that I realized what an amazing opportunity I had wasted.

Dual Enrollment is a program in which a high school student can attend high school and college classes at the same time. Often, the student will receive credit toward their high school diploma as well as college credits, thus getting a major head start in their college education. Students are given the option to attend a community college or in-state public university depending on which institution their high school is affiliated with.

The majority of US states offer some form of Dual Enrollment program, and although the program tends to be a little different in each, the benefits of it are basically the same.

1. Reduced or free tuition: Depending on where you live, you may or may not have to pay for tuition. Some states offer grants and financial aid for eligible students, while others charge a drastically reduced amount or simply don’t charge you at all.

2. Get a head start: This is the probably the biggest advantage of the program. Depending on how many classes you take and how early you start the program, you could receive your AA degree in less than a year after graduating high school. This is not only a huge accomplishment but also an efficient use of time.

3. Learn about college: Enrolling in college courses while still in high school helps you get over the fear and uncertainty of college life. Although your experience won’t be exactly the same as it will be once you’re a full time college student, you’ll at least get a feel for what the classes and professors are like.

4. Looks good: ok, I lied, THIS is probably the biggest advantage. Think of how great it looks on a college application that you’re a high school graduate with half, or all, of your AA finished.  The fact that you already qualified for a college or university while in high school means you’re a good enough student to also qualify after graduation.

While you shouldn’t rely solely on Dual Enrollment to get you into your dream school, it certainly won’t hurt you one bit.

Although the Dual Enrollment program varies from state to state, it’s generally a great option for students looking to challenge themselves and start their college education early.  However, you have to understand that it will be a significant amount of work, especially compared to your high school classes.

If the Dual Enrollment program in your area is the kind that lets you enroll in an actual college or university, you’ll be in a college level class with older students and a professor who won’t treat you any differently than he would them. Taking college classes your senior year of high school can be an added challenge because you might not have as much time to participate in typical senior activities.

It’s important that you think about the pros and cons of Dual Enrollment before you make your decision.

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Mercedes Espinoza

Mercedes Espinoza

Mercedes Espinoza is a senior at Florida Atlantic University pursuing a degree in Multimedia Journalism. Although reading is her first love, writing is a close second and she can usually be found with her nose in a book or hunched over a laptop typing away. Outside of school and work, she’s interested in all things fitness as well as continuing to grow an already massive nail polish collection.

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