High School Dual Enrollment

The College’s High School Dual Enrollment Pilot Program gives students the opportunity to earn college credits while they’re still in high school at a fraction of the cost of standard tuition rates. Interested high school juniors and seniors are invited to apply, and participants are selected based on demonstrated academic ability and motivation. Accepted high school juniors can take up to nine credits while seniors can take up to 12 credits at the special tuition rate.

There are many ways in which earning college credit while you’re still in high school can help you.

Kick start your college degree
Earning up to 21 college credits while you’re still in high school will save you time when you transfer into Delaware County Community College or a four-year school.

Transfer credits to the College or a four-year school
The credits you earn through the Dual Enrollment program can be transferred directly into one of the College’s associate degree programs. The College offers more than 60 degree programs and has transfer agreements with more than 40 colleges and universities. Transferring after earning your associate degree is easy and many four-year schools offer scholarships to Delaware County Community College students. You may also transfer the credits you earn in the Dual Enrollment program directly to a four-year school, putting you even closer to earning your bachelor’s degree.

Save hundreds of dollars on tuition costs
As part of the College’s pilot program, students will save significantly on tuition costs. Students from sponsoring school districts will pay just $40 per credit, while students from non-sponsoring districts will pay $80 per credit. This is almost a 70 percent discount on the College’s standard tuition rate.

Cost of a Three-Credit Class: Regular Tuition vs. High School Dual Enrollment

  Standard Rate Special Rate Savings
Sponsoring $315 per course $120 per course $195 per course
Non-sponsoring $630 per course $240 per course $390 per course

Enhance your college application
Today, entrance into college is more competitive than ever. Earning college credit while you’re still in high school will help make your application stand out. It not only shows that you are a dedicated, committed student, but it also proves that you are ready to succeed at the college level.

What is the process for enrolling?

Step 1. Gather all necessary paperwork
Complete and gather all necessary paperwork:

Step 2. Get approval from your high school
Discuss course options with your high school. 

Step 3. Send all materials to:
Delaware County Community College
Attention: Admissions Office – Dual Enrollment Pilot
901 South Media Line Road
Media, PA  19063

The deadline to apply is August 1 for Fall, December 1 for Spring, May 1 for the Summer I, and June 1 for Summer II.

Step  4. Await decision from Dual Enrollment Committee
Your application will be reviewed by the Dual Enrollment Admissions Committee. You will be notified by mail whether you’re application was approved or not. If you are not approved, we encourage you to keep working hard in your high school courses and reapply for a future term.

Step  5. Schedule your placement test
Accepted students will receive instructions on scheduling their placement test. You must complete the College’s entire placement test, covering reading comprehension, math and a writing sample. The “green ticket” (included with your acceptance letter) and a photo ID are required to take the test. Visit www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/preparation-sample.html to see sample questions.

SAT or ACT scores may be used for placement in math and/or English courses. Students should have their official scores sent to Assessment Services at the college. The college's school code for the SAT is 2125 and for the ACT is 3542. Scores must be current within 5 years of the student starting classes. To waive the placement test, students must receive the following minimum scores:

  • English/Reading = SAT verbal: 500; ACT verbal: 18 
  • Math = SAT math: 500; ACT math: 20

Step 6. Schedule follow-up appointment
One to two weeks after testing, contact Enrollment Management at 610-359-5141 to schedule your follow-up appointment.  This appointment may take place by phone or in person. A Dual Enrollment Advisor will review your placement test scores and register for the course(s) requested, if appropriate.* Course availability cannot be guaranteed.

*Registration will be limited to the courses listed on the agreement form that was approved by your high school counselor and for courses which you have satisfied all of the prerequisites or other College requirements for, unless permission for substitution is given. If you are not eligible for the courses listed and a substitution is made, it is your responsibility to communicate that substitution to your school for approval, unless the chosen courses are separate from and not required for high school credit.
 

Step  7. Access delaGATE
At the follow-up appointment, you will learn how to access delaGATE, the College’s online portal. From delaGATE, you can access your bill for the term, information on student services and new student orientation, and your college email account.

Step 8. Pay your bill
Payment in full is expected by the due date; this due date may be immediate if you register close to the beginning of the semester. The College accepts cash, check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover. Payment by credit card and electronic check is accepted online via delaGATE.  Failure to make payment arrangements by the due date will result in the cancellation of the course. We cannot guarantee that, if canceled for non-payment, you can be reinstated into the same course. High school students are not eligible for financial aid. They are also not eligible for the College’s payment plan due to the significantly reduced tuition.