Dual Credit

Earn college credit while in high school with 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 primarily taught at the high school by high school instructors.

Enrollment process

Financial information

Enrollment for dual credit courses is arranged by the high school. College tuition is paid to Metropolitan Community College at the rate of half the cost of attending courses on one of the MCC campuses. The school or the student will be billed as established in the dual credit agreement. In many cases, the high school will provide required books for the courses.


Student eligibility

Dual credit students must meet or exceed all eligibility requirements for enrolling in MCC courses. Specifically, they 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.

Because they are by definition high school students, students enrolled in dual credit courses that are intended to transfer to other colleges and universities in the state must meet the higher eligibility requirements for enrollment in college courses established by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE). These include minimum grade point average requirements, satisfactory scores on subject matter tests, and the recommendation of the high school principal and/or counselor.

Students with high school GPAs 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 Vice Chancellor of Instruction/Chief Academic Officer.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Juniors and Seniors with a 3.0+ cumulative GPA are eligible without a letter of recommendation.
  • Juniors or Seniors must have a 2.5 -2.99 cumulative GPA (requires signature of high school dual credit counselor and parent on “Intent to Enroll” (ITE) and a letter of recommendation from principal or counselor.
  • Sophomores must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA AND signature of high school dual credit counselor and parent on ITE and recommendation letters from the principal and school counselor.
  • ACT or college placement exam scores within the eligibility range of the selected course(s).

*Note: GPA calculation is unweighted

Student support

Dual credit students have access to the same college resources that current MCC students utilize.

Frequently asked questions