Dual Enrollment for High School Students
Dual Enrollment offers opportunities for high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. High school students also have the ability to enroll in online/in-person courses for college credit-only.
What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual enrollment courses are college courses (100 or 200 level) taken by high school students. Students who are 15 years of age or older are eligible to take college courses. Students are required to meet the same prerequisites/test scores for certain courses. Students who do not meet the age/grade requirement can request acceptance by filling out a Highlands College Waiver form.
A dual credit course awards both high school and college credits. The decision to award high school credit for a college course is determined by the school district. A college credit only course awards credit but not high school credit.
Benefits of Dual Enrollment
Your life is busy so we’ve tried to provide the flexibility of where classes are offered. Classes are either taught:
- at your high school
- on campus at Montana Tech or Highlands College in Butte, Montana
- online with Montana Tech or Highlands College
The “One-Two-Free” dual enrollment program offers up to six credits, through the Montana University System (MUS) to all eligible high school students.
- The program offers eligible high school students their first six credits free throughout their entire four years of high school.
- After using six free credits, students pay 50% of Highlands College tuition
- Students that demonstrate need can apply for a Hardship Scholarship to cover tuition beyond their first free six credits. Download the scholarship application.
- One-two-free applies to any lower division dual enrollment course from a participating institution, whether it is online, on-campus, or in the high school.
We offer many courses in areas outside the standard mathematics, English, sciences and humanities, including CTE (career and technical education) courses. Explore your interests and passions through dual enrollment courses.
The transition from high school to college is exciting. It can be a stressful time for students and parents. By enrolling in a dual enrollment course, students get a taste of college which can help with easing into college.
Becoming a Dual Enrollment Student
To be eligible for a dual enrollment course, the student must be:
- Enrolled in a Montana high school district. To participate in dual enrollment opportunities, home-schooled students may enroll in dual enrollment classes via the district in which they reside.
- Between the ages of 16–19.
- On track for high school graduation by successfully completing the required high school classes at their grade level.
If this is your first time enrolling in dual enrollment courses with us, you must complete and submit the following forms and information.
- Application for Dual Enrollment Students.
- Dual Enrollment Student Authorization for Release of Information (optional).
- If applicable, submit the appropriate placement exam scores/results. Students must satisfy all course prerequisites and placement requirements. These can include ACT or SAT scores, MUSWA writing scores, or other campus-specific exams.
If you have not taken the ACT or SAT, you may arrange to take a placement test wit us. Please visit our website mtech.edu/testing/ or contact Shauna Goodell at email@example.com or 406-496-4428.
Students who have taken dual enrollment courses in past terms need to complete and submit the following each semester they enroll:
- Registration Form for Dual Enrollment Students.
- Dual Enrollment Student Authorization for Release of Information (optional). Note: A previous form may already be on file with the authorization dates and still be valid for the upcoming period of enrollment.
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Dual Enrollment Program
1300 W Park
Butte, MT 59701