Earn college credit while in high school with dual credit.
If you're a good student, you can earn college credit for a course held at your high school (dual credit). You'll earn credit and get a head start on a degree, reduce college cost and avoid repeating course material.
Dual-credit courses let you take MCC courses at your high school! They are the same courses taught on campus. Courses are taught by high school teachers who meet the same qualifications as MCC part-time faculty.
What is dual credit?
Dual credit is a program that allows qualified high school students to enroll in college level classes that earn both high school and college credit. The program is operated jointly by the high school and Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City, and students receive credit at both institutions upon successful completion of dual credit courses. These courses are taught at the high school by high school instructors.
Who is eligible to take dual credit courses?
Only students who have demonstrated their ability to succeed in rigorous academic work are eligible to enroll in dual credit courses. In most cases, only those students with GPAs of 3.0 or higher are eligible to enroll.
What dual credit courses are usually offered?
MCC offers a full-range of lower-division general education courses as dual credit including introductory college-level courses in English composition, Speech, foreign language, history, psychology, sociology, math, biology, chemistry, and physics. In some cases, technical and career courses in fields such as business, computer science, drafting, automotive, and child growth and development might also be offered as dual credit courses.
What is the difference between dual credit, dual enrollment and advanced placement courses?
Dual Credit -- Students enrolled in dual credit courses offered by one of the Metropolitan Community College campuses earn actual college credit by successfully completing these courses at their high school. Courses are half the cost of regular MCC tuition.
Dual Enrollment – Students enrolled in dual enrollment courses offered by one of the Metropolitan Community College campuses earn college credit and high school credit while completing these on an MCC campus. Courses are at full MCC tuition cost.
Advanced Placement -- Courses are special sections of high school courses designated by the high school to prepare students for national Advanced Placement tests. Students may earn college credits for these courses that are recognized at colleges and universities across the country based upon their scores on these tests. Generally, students must earn scores of at least 3 and often higher, (on a scale of 1 to 5) on these national exams to earn college credit.
How are dual credit final grades recorded?
Final grades for dual credit courses will be reflected on both the student’s high school transcript and on the student’s permanent college record. Because dual credit coursework becomes a permanent part of the student’s college transcript, it is important for students to fully apply themselves in these courses: the grades earned under dual credit are permanent and cannot be removed from a student’s academic record. Final dual credit grade may differ from high school grade per course policy.
Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enroll in dual credit courses:
Must have the recommendation of their high school principal or counselor to enroll in dual credit courses.
Must meet one of the following:
Juniors or seniors with an overall GPA of 2.5 – 4 and written permission from a legal guardian.
Sophomore with an overall GPA of at least a 3.0 and written permission from a legal guardian.
Freshman with an overall GPA of at least a 3.0 and written permission from a legal guardian. Additionally, freshman must score at the 90th percentile or above on the ACT or SAT.
Must meet all prerequisite requirements for any course, including satisfactory placement test scores in English, reading, and mathematics as required by MCC policies for all students.
Students with a high school GPA of less than 2.5 will generally not be eligible for dual credit. The final decision for student eligibility for career and technical courses rests with the appropriate MCC academic administrator.
Students will be graded based on MCC standards. Final grades will be reflected on both the student’s high school transcript and on the permanent college record. The grades that students earn in dual credit courses become part of the permanent college transcript and cannot be removed from the academic record. Poor grades in courses could have an impact on college academic standing and eligibility for financial aid in the future.
Students enrolled in dual credit courses are subject to the same assessments of student academic achievement as all other MCC students. The course syllabus and content is approved by MCC to ensure academic rigor. The performance of dual credit students in any course will be assessed by the same summative measures used for on-campus students.
Code of Conduct
Students enrolling at MCC assume an obligation to behave in a manner compatible with the school’s function as an educational institution. Students assume new privileges along with their new responsibilities in accordance with the school’s mission and expectations. These expectations have been established in order to foster learning, integrity, academic success, personal and professional growth and responsible citizenship.
Regardless of the location of the learning environment, MCC administration reserves the right to take appropriate action against students who conduct themselves in a manner that is prohibited in the MCC Student Code of Conduct including all forms of academic dishonesty.
Unilateral Instructor Action – If objective evidence exists indicating that a student has practiced academic dishonesty, the instructor may assign a grade of "F" on the paper, examination, or assignment or assign a grade of "F" for the course.
If the instructor feels that a more severe action is appropriate, the complaint may be referred to the division chair and the dean of instruction. The dean has the authority to recommend an action to the president, or the student may request a hearing.
Examples of academic dishonesty are:
Plagiarism – the intentional use of the ideas or words of another as one's own in a paper or other academic assignment.
Cheating during examinations, whether by copying from a fellow student or by using information in the form of unauthorized aids brought to the examination.
The submission of work for any assignment that has been prepared by another student.
Submission of a single paper to fulfill requirements in two courses without prior approval of the instructors of both courses.
Using a false name or signing the name of another individual without proper authorization in connection with any course work.
Signing the name of another individual without proper authorization on any college form or using a false name or another person's identification card without proper authorization.
Tuition Refund Appeal Procedure
A student may drop courses and be entitled to a refund of tuition and instructional fees during the published refund period dates. After these dates, a refund appeal will be considered only for the circumstances listed below.
Death of an immediate family member
Extended illness of student/immediate family member
Students may contact the MCC campus Business Office for more information.
It is the student's responsibility to formally withdraw from a dual credit class. Failure to do so will result in an F on the student's transcript. Payment is still required. See the website for complete refund schedule and payment information.
The student will be mailed a bill in a tear-away envelope from MCC. Payment is expected upon receipt of the first bill. Payment can be made in full or a payment plan can be established through the myMCCKC student account.
Students are responsible for paying all college charges. If payment from an external source becomes unavailable or is insufficient to pay charges, students must pay the balance immediately. If there are outstanding charges, a financial hold will be placed on the account restricting future enrollment and release of academic records. MCC will begin immediate collection efforts that may include placing the account with the Missouri income tax intercept program.
Checks returned by the bank as Insufficient are deposited a second time. If the check is returned again, the MCC account is placed on restriction and is charged the amount of the check plus a $25 fee. Students on restriction cannot enroll, receive grades and/or transcripts. The student account will also have no check-writing privileges for one year from the point the returned check is paid. Any returned check not paid will be referred for outside collection actions.
MCC dual credit students are provided access to on-campus support services, including counseling and advising, library services, learning support (tutoring) services, and access to student activities. MCC also works with high schools to ensure that dual credit students have access to needed resources on the high school campus.
Accommodations for students with documented disabilities will continue to be provided by the high school.
Courses and grades will be recorded on the student’s permanent record and will be included in the student's cumulative GPA. Transcripts showing credit earned will be issued upon request by the student. For more information visit http://www.mcckc.edu/transcripts/transcriptrequest.aspx
Transferability of Credit
It is the student’s responsibility to contact the college they plan to attend to find out how the dual credit course will transfer. Dual credit courses from MCC transfer to all public colleges and universities in Missouri, and to all but a very small number of private colleges and universities in the state. Some Missouri institutions may limit the number of dual credit courses they accept to five courses, but most do not have hard limits. It is very important to check with colleges and universities that you plan to attend to determine in advance their policies for accepting dual credit courses. Many students have found that dual credit courses may also transfer to out-of-state colleges and universities, both public and private; however, MCC can only guarantee dual credit transfer to Missouri institutions under the jurisdiction of CBHE.
MCC accepts dual credit courses as equivalent to their on-campus counterparts. MCC accepts dual credit courses completed at other colleges and universities without limit from any institution that is certified by CBHE as adhering to its dual credit guidelines. Dual credit courses are accepted according to all applicable articulation agreements and recognized course equivalency agreements. For more information visit http://www.mcckc.edu/programs/transfer/
The Board of Trustees of MCC annually sets tuition and fees for all MCC courses and programs. MCC charges half tuition costs for all dual credit courses. A student’s tuition rate for dual credit courses is determined by the student’s residency status. Residency is determined by several factors including, but not limited to, school district of domicile, age of student, and length of time living at present domicile.
School districts that are considered in-district are Belton, Blue Springs, Center, Fort Osage, Grandview, Hickman Mills, Independence, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City, Park Hill, and Raytown. All other Missouri school district are considered out-of-district (aka in-state).
For more information on tuition and fees for all of the MCC campuses, please visit www.mcckc.edu/tuition.
Dual Credit Course Process
The academic process for dual credit courses, including registration, payment, and withdrawal dates parallels that for MCC on-campus courses. However, the schedule deadlines may be modified to accommodate the academic schedules of high schools at which the dual credit courses are offered.
Steps to Enroll
STEP 1: Determine eligibility:
Courses that are offered for college credit vary per high school. To be considered, a student must be enrolled in a high school class that is considered dual credit.
- Juniors or Seniors must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA (2.5-2.99 GPA requires signature of HS DC Counselor & Parent on ITE (Intent To Enroll form).
- Sophomores must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA AND signature of HS DC Counselor & Parent on ITE.
- Freshmen must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA AND a composite score at the national 90 percentile or above on the ACT or SAT & signature of HS DC Counselor & Parent on ITE.
Weighted High School GPA will be used to determine eligibility.
Additionally, qualifying placement test scores as noted below must be met:
Composition & Reading
- Required Score: ACT English score of at least 18 or equivalent score on the placement test.
- Math 110 (Algebra): AACT Math score of 19 or above or equivalent score on the placement test.
- MATH 120 (College Algebra): Complete MATH 110 with at least a C or ACT Math score of 22 or above or equivalent score on the placement test.
Speech, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry, AP US History, AP Psychology, French III, German III, and Spanish III, Marketing
- Required Score: ACT or Plan Composite of at least 18 or equivalent score on the placement test
- Students who do not meet the above placement scores must schedule a placement test with the Dual Credit Counselor during the scheduled test times.
STEP 2: Complete an on-line application for admission to MCC.
If you have not applied for admission, you will not be able to test or be enrolled! The MCC ID generated from student’s application is required on the ITE prior to submission. To apply for admission please go to www.mcckc.edu/apply and complete the information requested.
Applicants will receive an e-mail at the e-mail address they provide on the application and will receive an MCC Student ID number and temporary password to access their myMCCKC student account. If a student does not receive this email, they should check to make sure it did not go to their SPAM account.
STEP 3: Complete paperwork from dual admission information packet.
Students will be required to submit the following forms before being enrolled in dual credit courses:
STEP 4: Enrollment Meeting
Attend one mandatory Enrollment Meeting as listed on the High School’s Enrollment and Testing Calendar to receive information related to Dual Credit enrollment & to submit all forms requiring a parent signature (ITE, Student Release of Information).
MCC enrolls dual credit students once all enrollment steps are completed and approved. If a student wishes to drop a dual credit course and not be charged, a withdrawal form must be completed and submitted to the dual credit coordinator by the withdrawal deadline as defined on the MCC website. After the deadline, the student will be responsible for the full cost of the course.
If the student wishes to withdraw from a dual credit course and not be assessed academically, a withdrawal form must be submitted to the dual credit coordinator by the academic assessment deadline as defined on the MCC website. The student is still responsible for payment in full. A “W” will be posted on the official college transcript. Students should be aware that transcripted W’s can negatively affect financial aid eligibility in the future.
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