Earning college credits while you are still in high school is a smart move. You’ll be ahead of the game at a lower cost and may also learn some valuable lessons about the demands of college-level learning.
Check with your counselor for programs you might qualify for, but here are at least two ways that work for many students:
• Advanced Placement (AP) Courses. AP courses are offered at your high school in order to provide an opportunity for college credit. At the end of the course, you take a test that is graded on a 5-point scale to determine if you’ll obtain college-level credit. Different schools require different scores, so check to make sure the class will transfer to your prospective colleges before signing up. All Indiana public colleges accept AP courses with a minimum score of 3.
There is a fee to take any AP exam, but students with financial need may qualify for a reduction or waiver. Learn more at apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees.
•Dual-Credit Courses. Dual-credit courses may be offered at your high school, a local college or even online. Check with your high school counselor or the colleges you’re interested in to make sure the class will transfer to your prospective colleges before signing up.
Remember, all colleges have different requirements. If you have earned college credits, understand how—or if—they will count toward your college degree before you enroll by talking with an advisor and researching schools and programs. Learn more about which institutions will be the best fit for you and your transfer credits at TransferIN Indiana (transferin.net).