College Credit in High School

High School Concurrent Enrollment

Benefits
*  You won’t have to pay full tuition for your college credit.
*  You stay in familiar high school surroundings while you sample university classes.
*  You will be taught by your familiar high school teachers who know your skill levels and your strengths.
*  You can get a head start on your career goals and/or a university degree while you are still in high school.
Points to Consider
* You are responsible to pay the college admission fee($35-$55), as well as the reduced tuition (approximately $5/credit hour).
* Your concurrent enrollment credits/grades will be placed on your permanent college transcript.  Poor grades may impact your ability to receive and maintain scholarships.
*  Many concurrent enrollment classes fill elective credit only, and you will need to work with a college academic advisor to determine what can count toward your college major.
*  Concurrent enrollment credit may not transfer to some private or out-of-state universities.
*  You may need to purchase university textbooks for some courses.
*  You must have a 3.0 GPA in order to register for Communications 2110.  You must meet this requirement by April 1st prior to the year you want to enroll – no exceptions.
*  You must have a 3.0 GPA and a 17 score on the English and Reading portions of the ACT to register for English 1010.  You must meet this requirement by April 1st prior to the year you want to enroll – no exceptions.
* You must have a 3.0 GPA and a 18 score on the Math and 16 score on Reading portions of the ACT to register for Math 1010/1030.   You must meet this requirement by April 1st prior to the year you want to enroll – no exceptions.
*  You must have a 3.0 GPA and a 23 on the math portion of the ACT to register for Math 1050/1060.  You must meet this requirement by April 1st prior to the year you want to enroll – no exceptions.
* Withdrawing from a concurrent enrollment class (receiving a “W”) can affect your eligibility for federal financial aid for college.
* Getting below a C in a concurrent enrollment class can affect your eligibility for federal financial aid for college, as well as your academic standing at the university (could place you on academic probation).
Weber State University Concurrent Enrollment:  http://departments.weber.edu/ce/concurrent/
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Early College
Benefits
*  You will be admitted to college and earn an official transcript.
*  Your classes will be taught by university faculty.
*  You choose to take some classes at your high school, participate in activities there, and graduate with your class.
*  You can enjoy university life and access many campus resources, such as tutorial services, career and personal counseling, athletics association memberships, cultural events, honors program, travel study, student activities, etc.
*  You will get personalized advisement from an Early College academic advisor.
*  Your credit will transfer to other universities.
Points to Consider
*  You and/or your family will be responsible for the cost of your university tuition and fees, books and parking permit.
*  You will need an ACT score and a good grade point average to be accepted into the program.
*  Early college students are not eligible for federal aid.
*  It will be up to you to coordinate your university life with your high school life.
*  Your early college credits/grades will be placed on your permanent college transcript.  Poor grades may impact your ability to receive and maintain scholarships.
Weber State University Early College:  http://www.weber.edu/earlycollege/
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AP (Advanced Placement Exams)
Benefits
*  Taking AP classes is a good way to demonstrate your scholastic ability and commitment to college.
*  You will get a rigorous academic experience.
*  You can complete university general education or elective credits before you go to the university, and possibly reduce your time in college.
*  You can earn up to 8 college credits per exam for AP scores of 3, 4, or 5.
Points to Consider
*  Each exam will cost approximately $95.
*  Successful completion of an AP course does not guarantee a passing grade on the AP exam.
*  Exams are administered in the spring on dates set by the national AP office.  If you miss the exam or do poorly, you will forfeit both the cost and the credit.
* AP credit is pass/fail; you will not get a letter grade.  Some graduate and professional/medical programs require you to have a grade in specific college courses and will not accept AP scores in the place of a course with a grade.
*  AP credit does not work the same at every university.  Each academic department determines how they will apply your AP credit toward your gradutaion requirements.
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CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
Benefits
*  You can take CLEP exams at WSU any month of the year.
*  You can earn from 3 to 8 credits depending on the test and your score.
*  You can take general exams in English composition, social science, history, natural sciences and humanities as well as 10 other subject exams.
Points to Consider
*  You may take CLEP tests before you are accepted at WSU, and your credits will be evaluated as soon as you are enrolled.
*  Your CLEP exams will cost from $46 to $58.
*  CLEP credit is pass/fail; you won’t get a letter grade.  Some graduate and professional/medical programs require you to have a grade in specific college courses and will not accept CLEP scores in the place of a course with a grade.
*  If you have already taken courses which satisfy or partially satisfy general education requirements, you will only be eligible for partail credit through CLEP.
*  If you have already registered and completed a concurrent enrollment course or received AP credit, you cannot receive CLEP credit for the same material.

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