What is it?
Dual credit is an opportunity for high school students who meet admissions standards to enroll in public postsecondary institutions in South Dakota and simultaneously earn credits for both their high school diploma and postsecondary degree or certificate.
Dual credit courses are offered by the postsecondary institution’s faculty members, are governed by the postsecondary institution’s policies, and follow the postsecondary institution’s established processes for admissions, registration, billing and grade reporting.
Through a new program approved by the South Dakota Legislature, dual credit coursework is available to high school students in grades 11-12 at the rate of $40 per credit. That compares to about $200 per credit at the state’s four technical institutes and $300 per credit at the state’s public universities. Students are responsible for the $40 per-credit cost and any required textbooks or related course materials.
Students are able to choose from a number of on-campus and online classes, including general education and career and technical education courses.
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How do I register?
Your first step should be to meet with your school counselor or high school principal to talk about whether you are a good candidate for dual credit. That person can put you in touch with the appropriate institution. Each of the participating public universities and technical institutes has their own registration process. If you click on the links below, you can access the necessary registration forms. Take the form from the appropriate institution when you meet with your local school contact.
Transfer of Courses
If you intend to transfer from one postsecondary institution to another, you are encouraged to consult with the institution of your choice regarding the transferability of credits earned.
Dual credit courses available through the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) institutions and centers will transfer between each of the six SDBOR institutions (BHSU, DSU, NSU, SDSMT, SDSU, USD).
Dual credit courses available through South Dakota Technical Institutes (Lake Area, Mitchell, Southeast, Western Dakota)may or may not be accepted for transfer credit at other postsecondary institutes in South Dakota.