While most students have a hard time choosing one college to attend when acceptance letters come in the mail, some students decide to enroll in two colleges at once. This is called “dual enrollment.”
What is dual enrollment?
Dual enrollment has two common meanings. It can relate to students attending high school and also taking classes at a local college or university.
The phrase also refers to students enrolling in classes at a community college and 4-year university or for students enrolled in two 4-year universities at the same time.
How does it work?
If you are considering or getting ready to enroll in two colleges at once, this is how the process works.
Students choose one school, a 4-year university, as their degree-granting college. The second school classes then transfer to the “home” school, where they count towards your graduation requirement.
The best way to set this process up is to ensure that the credits can transfer from the community college or 2nd school to your degree-granting college. You can work with your school’s academic advisor to confirm what community colleges or other universities have transfer agreements to help make sure you don’t run into any issues during your dual enrollment.
What are the benefits of attending two colleges at once?
While some might think attending two schools may become overwhelming, the process can actually offer a lot of benefits:
- Save money on classes that you can complete at your community college or less expensive university rather than taking everything at your main (degree-granting) college/university.
- You can expand your course options as you will choose classes from both schools.
- Flexible scheduling options in the event one of the schools only offers certain classes each semester.
- Receive the full 4-year experience from attending a 4-year college or university without having to transfer later on.
Things to consider if you’re interested in attending two colleges at once
While a lot of this sounds great, and some students decide to choose this route to graduation, there are some things to consider:
- Work with an Academic Advisor and registrar’s office to understand your school’s enrollment agreement.
- Plan your courses correctly. Your main school is going to likely require that you take your upper-division classes and other courses related to your major at their campus or online portal only.
- Understand the impact this could have on your financial aid. Loans, scholarships, and grants can generally be applied to tuition at one school only.
- Make sure your classes will transfer and understand how the process.
Going to two colleges at once can help you save money on tuition as well as help you earn your degree more quickly. Before deciding, remember to double-check with your school to find out if this is an available option. Remember, course credits transfer but grades usually don’t. Make sure you keep your GPA up at your main school.
When it comes to budgeting for two schools, don’t forget to file your FAFSA®!
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