Connect2College Benefits and FAQs
Why take Connect2College Courses?
Connect2College courses are a convenient and affordable way to earn dual high school and college credit, while developing key skills for future success. Connect2College students can:
- Save money by reducing future college costs
- Lighten your college course load or pursue a second major
- Set yourself apart from other college applicants
- Graduate early by earning transferable credits
- Develop skills for college success in the comfort of the high school environment
What is Dual Enrollment?
Broadly defined as any situation in which an individual is concurrently enrolled at both a secondary (high school) and post-secondary (college or university) institution. However, the term is frequently used to distinguish from dual credit courses and used to identify situations in which a high school student enrolls in a college course for college credit only.
What is Dual Credit?
A dual credit course is a college course taken by a high school student for which the student is awarded both college and high school credit.
How are Dual Credit courses organized or offered?
Some courses are taught by qualified college faculty on the high school campus during regular school hours and are recognized by the college as meeting college requirements.
Are there concerns about Dual Credit courses?
- Costs involved in programs and potential funding uncertainty
- Requires cooperation across sectors
- Questions of quality and rigor
- Capacity of high school faculty to provide college-level instruction
- Capacity of college faculty to adequately serve the needs of high school aged students
- Limited access for low-income and the academically under-prepared student
- Little or no data to support claims of success
How does Dual Credit differ from Advanced Placement (AP)?
Both courses are taught at the college level. However, college credit is awarded for advanced placement courses only upon completion of a single assessment test. In addition, different cut scores are required by different institutions for credit in these courses. Dual credit courses earn college credit in the same manner as any other college course - through satisfactory performance on such assessments as quizzes, tests, and homework assignments.
In addition, dual credit courses are taught by qualified college faculty who hold the appropriate credentials in the subject matter. For instance, faculty teaching general education courses must hold at least a Master's degree in the subject area. High school AP courses do not have this requirement.
Who is eligible to take part in Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit programs?
High School students who attend one of our partner high schools and are enrolled in a course which is taught by a teacher who has been approved by QCC.
What does it cost to enroll in a dual credit course?
Students and their families are required to pay a non-refundable $20 per class, per semester. This fee covers some of the administrative costs incurred by QCC. A student may be able to enroll in up to 4 classes (2 classes in their junior year, 2 in their senior year) which represent tuition of roughly $1800. Students are not billed for these credits and will earn college credit on their QCC transcript as a non-matriculated student. Upon graduating high school, students can use the credits earned to attend QCC or another post-secondary institution. Please keep in mind that most colleges have different requirements regarding transfer credits so we cannot guarantee that all credits earned in C2C will be accepted at every institution.