High School Dual Enrollment
The College’s Dual Enrollment Program provides eligible high school students the opportunity to earn college credits while they’re still in high school at a fraction of the standard tuition rates. Interested high school students are invited to apply and participants are selected based on demonstrated academic ability and motivation. Accepted high school students can take a maximum of 21 credits at the Dual Enrollment discounted price.*
*After a student has attempted/earned 21 credits or graduated from high school, the standard tuition and fees assessment will apply.
Transfer credits to the College or a four-year school
Students who have the opportunity to earn credits through the Dual Enrollment program can apply the earned credits 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**.
**Transferability of credits earned within the Dual Enrollment program is dependent on the college/university and program that the student enrolls.
Save hundreds of dollars on tuition costs
As part of the College’s 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.
Step 1. Gather all necessary paperwork
Complete and gather all necessary paperwork:
- Signed Dual Enrollment Program agreement form
- Completed College application
- Official high school transcripts
Step 2. Send all materials to:
Delaware County Community College
Attention: Dual Enrollment
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 1, and June 1 for Summer 2.
Step 3. Await directions regarding next steps from Dual Enrollment Committee
Applications are reviewed by the Dual Enrollment office. Applicants are notified via mail regarding the next steps. Applicants who are not admitted into the Dual Enrollment program , are encouraged to keep working hard at the high school and to reapply for a future term.
Step 4. Schedule your placement test
Applicants to the Dual Enrollment program will receive instructions via mail on scheduling their placement test. You must complete the College’s entire placement test, covering reading comprehension, math and a writing sample. Visit www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/preparation-sample.html to see sample questions.
Waiving the placement test
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:
- Reading = SAT Reading: 500; ACT Reading: 18
- Math = SAT math: 500; ACT math: 20
Step 5. Schedule a Dual Enrollment College Planning Session
After placement testing or submission of applicable SAT/ACT scores the student should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a Dual Enrollment College Planning session. The Dual Enrollment College Planning session is a customized advising presentation on the services and resources available for students. After the presentation, the student will have an opportunity to meet with an adviser to register for courses.
* Course availability cannot be guaranteed.
Step 6. Access delaGATE
During the College Planning session, the student 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 7. 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 establish payment 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.