Dual Enrollment

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What is dual enrollment?

Dual enrollment courses are college courses (100-level or above) taken by high school students.  Students who are 16 years of age or juniors are eligible to take college courses.  Students who do not meet the age/grade requirement can request acceptance by filling out the Age Waiver Form.

Both dual credit courses and college credit only courses are available through Helena College:

  • dual credit course awards both high school credit and college credit for a college course taken by the high school student. The decision to award high school credit for the college course rests with the school district, and the high school is the final authority on what is required for high school graduation.
  • college credit only course awards college credit, but not high school credit, for a college course taken by a high school student. 

Why take dual enrollment classes?

Dual enrollment saves you money!  Your first two courses (up to 6 credits) are free as part of the statewide One-Two-Free Program.  After 6 credits, you will only pay half of normal tuition and all fees are waived. 

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can fill out the Hardship Scholarship Form and return it to the Helena College Financial Aid Office.

Check out the Montana University System Dual Enrollment webpage for more reasons to take dual enrollment classes. 

How to enroll:

  1. Start by reading through the checklist and filling out the Helena College Dual Enrollment Application
  1. Choose your classes and register using the Dual Enrollment Registration Form.  Please note that if you are registering for a class offered through Helena College, you will receive emailed instructions on how to officially register.  Submitting the registration form does not guarantee a space in the class.  

Work with your high school counselor to select courses that fulfill high school graduation requirements and schedule an appointment with the Helena College Director of K-12 Partnerships to make plans for college.

Contact Stephanie Hunthausen, Director of K-12 Partnerships
406-447-6993, stephanie.hunthausen@helenacollege.edu

  1. Helena College will not release information to your parents unless you expressly consent by filling out the Dual Enrollment Student Authorization for Release of Information Form
  1. Students must satisfy all course prerequisites and placement requirements for the classes they have selected. These requirements may include ACT/SAT scores, or Accuplacer exam scores. If you have taken the ACT or SAT, request that your official ACT or SAT test scores be sent directly to the college.
Schedule an Accuplacer placement exam at Helena College by calling 447-6939.

  1. Taking more than 7 credits? Make sure to send Helena College a copy of your immunization forms (on file at your high school or with your physician). 

Return all application and registration materials to:

Helena College
1115 North Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

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