How can I earn college credit while in high school?

Dual-Credit Courses

Dual-credit courses may be offered at your high school, a local college, or even online. Often, the cost is less than it would be if you were taking the course as a college student. Check with your high school counselor or the colleges you’re interested in to make sure the class will transfer to your prospective colleges before signing up.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

AP courses are offered at your high school. At the end of the course, you take a test that is graded on a 5-point scale to determine if you’ll obtain college-level credit for the course. Different schools require different scores, so check with your high school counselor or the colleges you’re interested in to make sure the class will transfer to your prospective colleges before signing up. All Indiana public colleges accept AP courses with a minimum score of 3. You can learn more about AP courses, sign up to take exams and obtain your scores at the College Board.

There is a fee to take any AP exam, but students with financial need may qualify for a reduction or waiver. Learn more about AP exam fees here.

Check here to see if your Advanced Placement (AP) courses will transfer to Indiana public colleges.

Early College High School

The Early College High School program is designed for students to earn an associate degree or certificate while still in high school. This path starts early – usually beginning your freshman year – so you’ll want to work with your high school counselor to create a plan before enrolling in your 9th-grade courses.

Your counselor can also help determine if the courses you take in this program will transfer, if you plan to attend a four-year college after high school graduation.

What steps should you take?

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