High School Dual Credit: Frequently Asked Questions
Should I include payment with my application?
No, please do not send payment in with your application. Following registration, you will be able to make a payment through Student Account Self Service, by eCheck or credit card, or by contacting the cashier’s office at 605-688-6116.
If my high school doesn’t start classes until after the University starts, do I need to participate, even if it’s an online course?
Yes, it’s important that you are ready to take the course on the first day of classes at the University. Even online courses have participation and assignment deadlines that you could potentially miss if you do not log into the course on the first day of class.
Are dual credit courses transferable to other institutions?
Students are encouraged to consult with their postsecondary institution of choice regarding the transferability of the credits they have earned. Courses available through the South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) institutions and centers through this reduced cost program will transfer between each of the six SDBOR institutions, including:
- Black Hills State University
- Dakota State University
- Northern State University
- South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
- South Dakota State University
- University of South Dakota
Course available through South Dakota Technical Institutes may or may not transfer to other postsecondary institutions in South Dakota. Technical Institutes include:
- Lake Area Technical Institute
- Mitchell Technical Institute
- Southeast Technical Institute
- Western Dakota Technical Institute
If I don’t pay my bill, will I be dropped from my course?
No, you will not be dropped from your course unless you request it. You will be charged a late fee and will be unable to request a transcript from the University.
If I drop a class before the drop/add date, will I receive a refund?
Yes, but it could take up to 3 weeks to receive it by mail. If you have any questions about your refund, please contact the Cashier’s office at 605-688-6116.
If I withdraw from a class, will this affect my future financial aid?
This may depend on the college that you choose but there could be a potential delay in the payment of your financial aid. It’s important that you document your decision to withdraw and discuss it with your high school representative, the instructor of the course, or the point of the contact at the course’s institution.
Are dual credit courses calculated into my high school GPA?
Yes, dual credit courses are calculated into your high school GPA.
What is the difference between AP and HSDC?
AP courses are college-level courses usually taught within the high school. It is an alternative option of earning college credit while in high school. Students must take the AP exam following completion of the course and meet the established scores to receive credit.
Is there a limit on the number of credits I can take?
Yes, students can only enroll in up to 10 credits per semester. However, students who have previously completed one or more SDBOR HSDC courses may request a waiver to enroll in 11 or more credit hours. Please email Tracia Hogue for the waiver request form.
What if I register for a course and then change my mind?
You must complete the Add/Drop form to be dropped from the course.