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Dual enrollment is a program that allows high school students  to enroll in college courses for credit prior to high school graduation. College credits earned through dual enrollment can be simultaneously applied toward high school and college graduation and can be transferred to other colleges or universities. Dual enrollment procedures vary from state to state, but the following is a general overview of the program.

What are the benefits of dual enrollment?
The benefits of dual enrollment are numerous. First, dual enrollment allows students to transition from high school to college easily. Students can get a taste of what college is like without being completely overwhelmed with a whole new environment. They can ascertain how their high school classes compare to college courses and how college professors differ from high school teachers. Dual enrollment also provides high school students with a wider range of courses so they have the opportunity to explore different fields before declaring a major. Finally, one of the biggest benefits of dual enrollment is that it allows students to accumulate credits prior to entering college so they will be able to graduate from college early or on time.

Who is eligible for dual enrollment?
Students must be classified as a junior or senior and meet the criteria set by the partnering higher education institution to be eligible for enrollment. Students should also have permission from their parents/guardians and principal or school designee. Eligible students need to demonstrate readiness for college work. They should also complete any prerequisites required by Distrcit Five and the partnering highed education institution.

Where are dual enrollment courses offered?
Dual enrollment courses can be offered on Irmo High School's campus.

What are the financial obligations for dual enrollment?
Students who want to participate in dual enrollment should check with their school counselor to find out their state's specific rules on who should pay for dual enrollment tuition, laboratory fees, and textbook.

Dual enrollment can be very beneficial for high school students. Interested candidates should contact their high school counselors to find out if they are eligible and to find out how to apply for the program.