Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit Program
Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit
For information concerning Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit, or for information on courses offered at locations other than the main campus, please contact:
Mari L. Clements, PhD
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
212-G Hefflin Administration Building
Rachel A. Clutter
Dual Enrollment Coordinator
103 Hefflin Administration Building
Application available by clicking here.
The Glenville State College Dual Enrollment Program allows students from across West Virginia an opportunity to satisfy high school and college requirements at the same time–hence the name “dual enrollment.” GSC currently enrolls between 200 and 400 students each semester through an educational partnership with eighteen (18) counties across the state.
Students who complete coursework as dual enrollment students through Glenville State College are being proactive, as they are getting a “jump-start” not only on their college careers, but also into their careers of choice. Students who complete GSC’s AA Pathway program can potentially graduate from a four-year college two years earlier. This is accomplished by completing an Associate of Arts (AA) degree while in high school by carefully planning and meeting all graduation requirements for both a high school diploma and an AA in General Studies.
Students who take advantage of this wonderful educational opportunity are also saving money, as Glenville State is currently offering dual enrollment courses at the lowest price in the history of the program: $25 per-credit-hour or just $75 per 3 credit-hour course! GSC is the only institution in the state of West Virginia, and one out of just 44 institutions nationwide, currently participating in a Federal Experimental Site Initiative which allows students to begin accessing their Pell Grant while still enrolled in high school. Students who wish to participate in this program do need to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The cost of enrolling in the GSC Dual Enrollment courses could be reduced to $0 for those students that qualify under FAFSA regulations.
Participation is limited due to budget constraints, so if you are interested be sure to complete your FAFSA, and submit any documents requested by our Financial Aid Office as soon as possible for consideration of FREE courses.
Minimum Qualifications to Become a Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit Student
- Be a junior or senior when completing the dual credit course
- Have a minimum of a 3.00 grade point average (GPA)
- Be approved by the high school counselor or principal
- Meet the prerequisites of the course they would like to complete
- Provide ACT/SAT/College Summative Scores if enrolling in English, Science, and Mathematics courses (requirement waived for Fall 2021).
How to Become a Dual Enrollment Student
- Complete the online Dual Enrollment application
- We encourage students to be prepared to submit a photo with your application to expedite processing of your GSC ID. Basic guidelines for the photo are explained on the application form. However, please note that picture submission is not a requirement.
- Students who express an interest in attending GSC as a freshman after high school graduation will be contacted by the Admissions Office.
- Download and complete the Registration Card:
- Course Offerings are listed here for your reference
- This form requires approval signatures. Please be sure to complete all signature lines and attach a current copy of your high school transcript for grade point average verification and test score submission.
- Students enrolling from fall to spring will not be required to provide a new transcript at that time.
- You must complete this form each semester to be enrolled as a dual enrollment student.
Once your registration card and supporting documents are received in the Office of Workforce and Community Development you will be registered for courses by our staff. Students will be send a confirmation email once they are registered. Their GSC ID will be made with the photo provided on the application and mailed out within the first 30 days of the semester if provided prior to the semester start or within 30 days of submission. If there was not a picture attached to the application an Off Campus representative will contact you for photo submission.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is eligible to enroll as a Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit student?
High school juniors and seniors who have a 3.00 grade point average, are approved by their high school counselor or principal, and have their parents’ permission may enroll in dual credit courses.
- Why do I need to complete the FAFSA?
In May of 2016, GSC was selected to participate in an experimental program which provides students enrolled with us to take advantage of the Pell Grant program and take college courses for free. To see if you qualify you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov
- If I qualify for the Pell Grant where will the funds be sent?
The Pell Grant is a program that allows for the payment of funds to be given directly to the institution. You will not pay any money out of pocket for your courses if you are Pell Grant eligible and complete all paperwork necessary for the Financial Aid process to be complete.
- Will I use all of my Pell Grant money before I start college?
No! Students whose family incomes qualify are permitted to use their Pell Grant funding for a maximum of six full-time years or twelve full-time semesters. Even you were to take a full college load in their last two years of high school, you would still have four-years of full-time funding left to complete your college degree--and you would be two years ahead in that degree upon entering college!
- How do I know if I qualify for the Pell Grant?
Complete the FAFSA. That is, Pell Grant eligibility is based off the income of your parents and the particular situation in your household each year, and is determined by the federal government. Not everyone will qualify for the Pell Grant each year. You may qualify this year, but not next year, because your household income has increased.
- What is the difference between Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment Courses?
Dual credit courses are college-level courses that are usually taught face-to-face by a qualified high school teacher during the regular school day, and you receive both high school credit and college credit for these courses. Dual enrollment courses are college courses usually delivered via an online platform by a professor outside your high school. Sometimes students are given the opportunity to complete online courses with the assistance of a high school teacher as a facilitator. This means that they are given time during the regular high school day to complete course requirements. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure they are able to submit assignments on the schedule outlined by the online course instructor. Please check with your high school counselor to ensure that online courses will count for high school requirements as well.
- What is the difference between Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit and Advanced Placement?
Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit courses awarded a letter grade for a college-level course that will show on your college transcript. Advanced Placement (AP) courses require a comprehensive exam at the end of the semester. If you do not pass the AP exam at the end of the semester you will need to take that course again in college. That is, you can pass an AP class and still not get college credit. When you pass a Dual Enrollment or Dual Credit course, that credit is already earned.
- How many classes may I take?
You may enroll in as many as your schedule and your high school allow. If you are not Pell eligible, please make sure that your family can pay for the course(s).
- Who pays for textbooks?
Students are responsible for purchasing the required textbooks for each course they are enrolled in for the semester; unless they are provided by the high school. Our bookstore provides textbooks and required computer access codes at a flat $24 per credit hour fee--no matter how much the textbook or code costs! This can be a real savings to you.
- What happens if I cannot continue a class?
You are required to follow the official Glenville State College Academic Calendar. If you are enrolled in multiple courses you may drop within the first week without any penalty. You will receive a full refund, if you have already paid, and the course will not appear on your official college transcript. If you make your decision after the first week of class, but before the tenth week, you will be withdrawn from a course. You will receive a final grade of ‘W’ on your official college transcripts. You have until the Friday before finals week to withdraw from all of your courses if you need to do so. This means that if you have already made payment you will receive a refund based on the time of your withdraw. This refund scale is outlined in the current college catalog.
- Will my credits transfer to another institution?
While our goal is to have you continue your education with Glenville State College, we do understand that you may wish to continue your education with another institution. As a fully accredited institution, Glenville State College is covered under the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission articulation agreement that mandates recognition and acceptance of courses taken across public colleges and universities in West Virginia. It is your responsibility to contact the institutions you are thinking about enrolling in to check on the transferability of your credits.