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Earning College Credits While Still in High School

Many high schools offer programs that allow students who take college-level courses while in high school to receive credits toward both high school graduation and a college degree. These dual credit programs have been known by many names including concurrent enrollment, ASCENT, Postsecondary Educational Options (PSEO), Fast Tracks, Extended Studies and CU Succeed. Some advanced placement and International Baccalaureate classes also qualify. Dual credit can help you graduate more quickly from college because you gain college credit while still in high school, saving both time and money.

Some high schools formalize earning early college credits by challenging students to secure a technical certificate or associates' degree as part of their high school studies by offering an "early" or "middle" college program.

Be sure to ask your guidance counselor, teacher or administrator at your school to find out about these opportunities and download or print the Concurrent Enrollment Student WorksheetNew window icon.