High School + Southeast Tech = Dual Credits and a Jump Start on Your Degree!


South Dakota high school students in their junior and senior years have an incredible opportunity to double up on high school and college-level credits at the same time. Plus because of recent South Dakota legislation, it’s extremely affordable at just $40/credit hour! Interested but want to know more? Check out our Q& A below.

Registration in all Math and English courses will require placement from ACT or accuplacer. You must submit these test scores with your application.

Q: What do you mean by Dual Credit?
A: Dual credit is an opportunity for high school students who meet admissions standards to enroll in public postsecondary institutions in South Dakota and simultaneously earn credits for both their high school diploma and postsecondary degree or certificate.

Q: How do I know if I’m eligible to take Dual Credit courses?
A:
Work with your high school counselor to ensure you know your options. They will be able to help guide you through the application and registration process.

Q: How much will it cost to take Dual Credit courses?
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Through a new program approved by the legislature, dual credit coursework is available to public high school students in grades 11-12 at the rate of $40 per credit. Students are responsible for the cost of the course credits and any required textbooks or related course materials.

Q: Will I save money by enrolling in a Dual Credit course at Southeast Tech?
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Yes! At Southeast Tech you will save $157.00 per credit hour. This can add up to $471.00 for a three credit-course.

Q: Who teaches Dual Credit courses?
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Dual credit courses are offered by the postsecondary institution’s faculty members, are governed by the postsecondary institution’s policies, and follow the postsecondary institution’s established processes for admissions, registration, billing and grade reporting.

Q: Where can I take Dual Credit courses?
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Students are able to take a number of on-campus and online classes, including general education and career and technical education courses.

Q: How can I sign up for Dual Credit courses?
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All students must work through their high school to enroll in Dual Credit courses. Check with your high school counselor to help you through the process. You can fill out an application for Southeast Tech dual credit here.

Q: What courses does Southeast Tech offer for Dual Credit?
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Southeast Tech offers many courses for Dual Credit. Click here to see all available courses. 

Q: Can I transfer my credits from Southeast Tech to another college?
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There are several general education courses that can be transferred to all South Dakota tech schools, colleges or universities but not all. Make sure you clarify this with Southeast Tech before registering.

Q: I want to take Dual Credit courses but I’m worried I won’t be able to fit them into my schedule?
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By taking a Dual Credit course you are fulfilling your high school graduation requirements as well as the institution you’re taking the course from. Check with your high school counselor to determine the flexibility of your schedule.

Q: Do I have to commit to Southeast Tech after high school to take Dual Credit courses there?
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You aren’t committed to Southeast Tech after high school graduation. However, all courses you take at Southeast Tech will apply toward your degree if the class you've taken pertains to the degree you choose to enroll in.

Q: Will I have someone to talk with at Southeast Tech if I need assistance?
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Southeast Tech has a Dual Credit specialist that will work with you and your school district throughout the process once you have completed an application. Email Anna Fischer for more information or call 605.367.5467.

Q: How will I pay for courses at Southeast Tech?
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You can pay for your courses through Southeast Tech’s business office.