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Information for Parents of Dual Credit Students

What is dual credit?

Dual credit is an option available for high school students who rank above average in academic achievement, to take a Richland college-level class. Dual credit students take a college level class, and receive college credit and high school credit at the same time. The classes may be offered at any of these sites:

  • Their high school
  • Richland’s main campus
  • Heartland Technical Academy
  • Fairview Park Plaza
  • Clinton Higher Education Center

Eligibility

High school students, generally juniors and seniors, who meet all college course pre-requisites, are eligible for dual credit enrollment, pending approval of their high school principal or guidance counselor and their parent/guardian. Students in these college courses must have appropriate academic qualifications, a high level of motivation, and adequate time to devote to studying a college-level course.

Register for Dual Credit Courses

  • Talk to your high school counselor or principal to confirm eligibility for dual credit courses.
  • Complete Richland's Admission Information form online or download the PDF. PDF Document icon
  • Complete appropriate placement tests (or provide ACT scores, if applicable). A score of 19 or higher in both English and Reading might be required.
  • Submit the following to Richland at time of registration:
  • Contact us at admissions@richland.edu or (217) 875-7200, Ext. 6267, to schedule an appointment to register for classes.

Transferring Dual Credit Courses

Students who plan to attend another college or university (particularly a private or out-of-state school) should check with that school to be sure the college credits earned in this program will transfer smoothly.

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