Dual Credit For High School Students

Get a head start on earning college credit by taking dual credit classes through Carl Sandburg College. Dual credit classes allow high school students to take courses that count toward both their high school and college credit. Don’t wait until you’ve graduated to begin your college career – use dual credit to get started today!

advantages

  • Affordability — Tuition at Sandburg is three times less than it is to attend a public, in-state university, saving families hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
  • Lighten Your College Workload — With dual credit already on their transcript, students get a head start on their college courses. Frequently, students can take a lighter academic load or even graduate early.
  • Earn a Degree While Still in High School — Some high schools in our district offer enough dual credit classes that students can complete their Associate in Arts from Sandburg while they’re still in high school.
  • Student Services — Dual credit students receive the same on-campus benefits as other Sandburg students such as academic advising, free tutoring (in-person and online), Sandburg Library access and free admission to campus events.

What kind of classes are available? Our dual credit offerings include general education courses that prepare students to transfer to pursue a bachelor's degree. For students interested in working after high school, career, technical, and health certificates and degrees are available.

Can I use financial aid? Yes! Sandburg is part of an experimental program that allows students to apply Pell Grant funds to dual credit classes. Sandburg also provides a discount for dual credit tuition.

Do I need to pass a test at the end like AP classes? No! One final exam won’t determine whether you get college credit. Simply pass the course and the credit is yours.

How do I sign up? Contact the Sandburg Welcome Center at 309.345.3500 or your high school counselor to see what dual credit classes are available to you!

How do I apply to become a Dual Credit student?
Apply to Sandburg

Please fill out our free online new student application by clicking here. You will be prompted to first create an account, then you will need to complete the application. 

  • Please be sure to provide your Social Security Number if you plan to apply for Financial Aid Pell Grant. 
  • Be sure to put in your anticipated entry date as the semester you plan to start Dual Credit. When prompted in the application, please choose "I will be a dual credit student". 
  • In approximately one week, you will receive a Welcome Letter with your Sandburg Student ID, Sandburg email address and instructions that will allow you access to your student account and financial aid information through the mySandburg portal.

Placement Testing

Each course has set reading levels which a student must show aptitude in before placement in the course. The Accuplacer placement test will be able to show the students' ability level to qualify for the coursework. For more information on where to take the Accuplacer test, the test dates, and how to study for the Accuplacer, visit our placement test webpage by clicking here.

Register for Classes

Carl Sandburg College staff work with the high school counselors at the high schools to facilitate registration. Students will meet with their high school counselor and a Sandburg advisor to begin the process for Dual Credit registration.

How do I pay for tuition?

Financial Aid

Please visit our dual credit financial aid page for information about applying for financial aid.


Tuition

Students must make payment in full or enroll in the payment plan by the set dates for the semester, typically 4 weeks prior to the start of the term. If payment is not made, students will be dropped from their courses and will need to re-enroll and arrange payment. Students may pay with credit card, check or cash, through either campus, Carthage or Galesburg. Deferred payment plans are available, please contact our Business Office for further information on payment plans at 309.341.5281. Students may view their balance by logging in to mySandburg, then self-service. 

Dual credit students receive a tuition discount of 50% for the first six credit hours each semester.

 

Regular Tuition for 2 classes in 2019-20 ($170 per credit hour)          

ENG.101 (3 credit hours): 510.00                    

PSY.101 (3 credit hours): 510.00                    

Registration fee: 25.00                  

Tuition & fees total:$1045.00    

Sandburg discount: -$535.00

Total tuition for Dual Credit: $535.00  
Current DC students
mySandburg

On Sandburg’s web portal, students will find announcements, information about billing, grades, transcripts, class schedule, textbooks for classes, email, and other resources. To login:

  • Click on mySandburg at the upper right hand corner of sandburg.edu
  • Click on the login window. For the first time user, login using the instructions on this page.
  • To reset your password, click on the link and follow the directions.
  • Once you are in mySandburg, explore the various links.
  • Online courses are through the Moodle program, which is on the upper left hand side of the page.
  • Transcripts, GPA, payment and student information are on the right hand side under self-service.
If there are problems, please contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@sandburg.edu or 309.341.5446
FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was enacted by Congress in 1974 to protect the privacy of student educational records from unauthorized disclosure. All Sandburg Instructors and staff members follow the policy closely. If a parent wants specific information regarding their student’s progress in a course, Sandburg recommends the parent(s) and student schedule a meeting with the instructor. It is vital that the student be included in any communication. In addition, educational information regarding a student will not be released over the phone by a Sandburg official to anyone because the identity of the caller cannot be verified over the phone.

Contact Us

Don't know where to start? Please call us at 309.345.3500 or visit the Welcome Center at 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Building B09, Galesburg, IL. Feel free to contact one of the dedicated Sandburg Dual Credit coordinators.

Linda supports the following High Schools: Abingdon-Avon, Bushnell-Prairie, Hamilton, Illini West, Warsaw West Central, and West Prairie. 

Linda Thomas
Located: Carthage Campus
Phone:217.357.3129 x7243
Email: lthomas@sandburg.edu

Megan supports the following High Schools: Farmington, Galesburg, Galesburg Christian, Knoxville, Monmouth-Roseville, ROWVA, United, Williamsfield, Spoon River Valley, as well as those students that are home schooled. 

Megan Jones
Located: Main Campus - Galesburg
Phone: 309.341.5229
Email: mjones@sandburg.edu

Our Partner High Schools

Please click on your high school's logo for specific dual credit information.

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