High School Students Earn Free College Credit with Dual Credit!
Every year, high school students in central Wisconsin earn college credits before they even graduate. Dual Credit and other opportunities for high school students give you a head start on college and a chance to explore careers before you commit. The credits you earn are entirely free of charge and—in some cases—may even transfer to other Wisconsin technical colleges or four-year colleges.
Dual Credit...and More
Dual Credit and Start College Now are both forms of Dual Credit at Mid-State that allow you to challenge yourself academically, earn college credits toward a program of study, accelerate your post-secondary degree completion, and save money on tuition and books.
Youth Apprenticeship (YA) is another option that allows you to gain valuable on-the-job training as part of your Mid-State education.
Which programs are right for you? Explore the options below, and follow next steps to getting started. Adult students looking for information about Mid-State college credit for previous education, work, life, and military experiences should visit our Credit for Prior Learning page.
Dual Credit Agreements
Your future, your choice. Learn about the Dual Credit course options available based on articulation agreements between your high school and Mid-State:
- Adams-Friendship High School
- Almond-Bancroft High School
- Auburndale High School
- Columbus Catholic High School
- Granton High School
- John Edwards High School
- Marshfield High School
- Mauston High School
- Nekoosa High School
- Pittsville High School
- Stevens Point Area Senior High
- Tomorrow River High School
- Tri-County High School
- Verona High School
- Wisconsin Dells High School
- Wisconsin Rapids High School
If you do not see your high school listed, or there are no current agreements with your school, get in touch with your school counselor to ask about Dual Credit opportunities.
Dual Credit for Parents
Explore our Dual Credit FAQs to learn more about Dual Credit and how to help your child make the most of this opportunity.
- What is a Dual Credit course?
A Mid-State Technical College course taught at the high school by a high school instructor certified by Mid-State to teach the course. Dual Credit courses are taught using Mid-State’s curriculum, learning competencies, grading policy, and textbook(s). Successful completion earns students both high school and college credit at Mid-State and likely other colleges through transfer credit.
- Are Dual Credit courses really free?
Yes! Thanks to a special partnership with local school districts, the Dual Credit program allows Mid-State to offer high school students this opportunity to earn college credits free of tuition and book costs.
- Why take a Dual Credit course?
College costs add up quickly. With Dual Credit, students can get a head start on their college education by earning college credits free of tuition and fees. This not only saves money but also helps you speed up the time to degree completion once students get to college. In short, Dual Credit means your child can save money on college, get their degree faster, and start earning their starting career salary sooner!
- Is Dual Credit different from Transcripted Credit?
No. The Transcripted Credit program has been renamed to Dual Credit.
- Who is eligible to take a Dual Credit course?
To be eligible, a student must take a Dual Credit course at their high school during their sophomore, junior, or senior year. To actually receive college credit, the student must also sign up for Dual Credit at the beginning of the course.
- What Dual Credit courses are available at my child’s high school?
See the list of courses offered at each high school in the Dual Credit Agreements section on this page.
- How does my child sign up for a Dual Credit course?
Students who want to receive Mid-State college credits through the Dual Credit program must complete and submit a Mid-State registration form at the beginning of each Dual Credit course. Students who take a Dual Credit course but do not submit a registration form to Mid-State for that course will not earn the college credits.
- My child is not planning to attend Mid-State—does it makes sense to take a Dual Credit course with Mid-State?
Absolutely. One of the advantages of Dual Credit is that many of the courses transfer to other colleges, particularly to other Wisconsin technical colleges. Some courses may also transfer to a four-year college. Even if the course does not satisfy a particular degree requirement at your child’s college, there’s a good chance it will count toward an elective or general education requirement.
- Will it be necessary to provide my child’s Social Security Number to register for a Dual Credit course?
Yes. The Social Security Number is a way for us to accurately identify our students and ensure that there is no duplication of student records.
- What if my child is not satisfied with the grade they are earning in a Dual Credit course?
Because Dual Credit grades go on your child’s permanent college transcript, it’s important to aim to do as well as possible in the course. That said, any student earning a grade of “C-” or lower can submit a request to drop the course before 80 percent of the course is completed.
- How do I know if a Dual Credit course will transfer to another college or not?
The receiving college will determine the transferable credits and the requirements those credits fulfill. When it’s time to submit the completed Dual Credit courses for transfer credit, simply submit a request for an official college transcript from Mid-State to be sent to the college your child plans to attend. In some cases, the receiving college may also ask for a copy of the course syllabus, which can be obtained from the course instructor or from Mid-State.
- After the Dual Credit course is completed, how do we request transfer credit to a college other than Mid-State?
Request transfer credit by submitting an official transcripts request through Mid-State’s online transcript ordering service. There is a $6 charge to send transcripts to a college/university.
- If my child will be attending Mid-State after high school, what do we need to do?
Nothing. If students registered for Dual Credit with Mid-State at the beginning of the course and earned a passing grade, the course title and grade will be posted on their Mid-State transcript. If the Dual Credit course is required for their program of study, they will have already earned those credits and do not need to take the course!
Dual Credit for High School Teachers
Want to be a Dual Credit instructor? If you are a high school teacher with a current DPI license in the area you’d like to teach and are employed as a secondary school instructor by a K–12 school in Mid-State’s district, you may qualify. Explore this and other opportunities for high school teachers on our K–12 Partners page.