About the Program
Through Wayne State's dual credit program, high school students can take college courses while still enrolled in high school. The program is a unique partnership between a high school and Wayne State College. By doing this, students can accelerate their college degree completion with credits earned while still in high school.
Students enrolled in dual credit courses will typically meet the following requirements:
- Be a junior or senior in high school
- Have a "B"/3.0 GPA or higher average, or earned an ACT composite score of at least 20, or rank in the top half of their high school class
- Be carefully chosen and recommended by the high school academic staff
- Meet course prerequisites (If appropriate, a placement test may be administered to assure readiness of students to benefit from the course.)
Exceptions to the eligibility requirement may be made only by the administrator of the academic unit responsible for the delivery of the course, if the student demonstrates through some alternative means the considerable capacity and likelihood for achieving academic success in the desired course or courses.
Credits are generally transferable to other colleges and universities because of Wayne State’s regional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission and its membership in the Nebraska State College System. Students should check with their intended college to determine transferability prior to enrollment. Most institutions will only accept transfer credit for students earning a “C” or higher in the course.
Transcript requests: After a dual credit course is completed, a graduating high school student planning to attend a college or university other than Wayne State College may request an official transcript to be sent from WSC.
Students will pay a low flat rate of $49 per credit hour. Only a one-time matriculation fee of $15 is required beyond this. A scholarship is available for low-income students through the Coordinating Commission for Post-secondary Education.
The Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship is offered through Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE) and is available for dual credit students. To be eligible for the ACE scholarship, students must qualify for one of the federal benefit programs:
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC)
- Food stamps
- Free or reduced price lunches
- Other extreme hardship
Students need to apply for the ACE scholarship early, perhaps even before filling out the WSC dual credit application. Like any scholarship, funds are limited. Students who do not receive the scholarship are responsible for paying all tuition fees to Wayne State College. If the fee is not paid, students will be withdrawn from the course. Students are obligated to reimburse Wayne State College for the ACE Scholarship if they earn a course grade of NC (C- or below) unless they petition to have the letter grade accepted. The petition option is not available for the course ENG 102.
Students need to check the box at the bottom of the dual credit registration form, stating they are ACE-eligible and will be applying for the ACE scholarship, before sending the registration form to Wayne State College.
The ACE scholarship does not cover the $15 matriculation fee; therefore, students will need to include payment for that fee when submitting the registration form.
If you have questions regarding the ACE Scholarship please contact:
J. Ritchie Morrow, Financial Coordinator
Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 95005
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005