Admission Steps for
New Dual Credit Students

Dual Credit allows academically qualified students to receive both high school credit and college credit for completion of NIC courses. To qualify you must be an Idaho resident and at least 16 years of age and/or have completed one-half of your high school graduation requirements. A 3.0 GPA is recommended. Dual Credit students pay a reduced tuition rate which can be viewed on the tuition rate page.

1. Meet with High School Counselor

Student Eligibility: Your high school counselor can determine if you are eligible and help you develop a plan. If you are home schooled, please contact the Office of Advanced Opportunities - Dual Credit at (208) 625-2329 or (208) 769-3321. To qualify you must be an Idaho resident and at least 16 years of age and/or have completed one-half of your high school graduation requirements. A 3.0 GPA is recommended.

2. Complete an Application for Admission

"Applying" is the first step to being an NIC student. Registering at the high school for an NIC class being taught in the high school only puts you on the high school roster. You must apply to NIC too. You can apply online. Parents/guardians will need to complete their portion of the dual credit authorization form once the student application has been submitted. Students will be asked to provide a valid parent/guardian email when they complete the online application.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): North Idaho College is required by law, regardless of age, to keep student records confidential. Without your express permission, we cannot share your student records with anyone but you (or appropriate college employees, high school counselors, or dual credit instructors). If you will allow NIC to disclose your student records to your parents or legal guardians while you are in the Dual Credit program you must initial the Dual Credit Authorization Form.

Note: After the NIC Application and test scores are provided to the NIC Admissions office, it may take up to 5 business days to completely process the application for acceptance as a dual credit student. Upon full “acceptance”, you will then be able to register on-line for classes. Within a week of applying online, you will receive a letter in the mail. This letter will provide you with a student ID number and an outline of what needs to be done to complete your application to become fully “Accepted”. The student ID is necessary to be able to set up a MyNIC account and to take placement tests.

3. Meet Assessment Requirement - Testing!

The placement assessment is an important part of enrollment because it measures each student’s entry skills in reading, writing, and math. Assessment scores are used for placement in courses to ensure student success. ACT, SAT, or ASSET scores will substitute for the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment and/or fulfilling placement requirements. The English Placement Assessment is non-proctored and may be taken at school or at home. A student ID number will be required to sign in. The ALEKS Math Placement Assessment is proctored and must be taken at an NIC facility.

Once you have a student ID number, make an appointment to take the Math placement test at one of the NIC Testing Centers - Coeur d’Alene, Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, Kellogg or Plummer. Information about testing is available online at or call the Testing Center (208) 676-7203.

4. Set up your MyNIC and Cardinal Mail.

Click here [PDF] for directions for setting up your MyNIC account and your Cardinal Mail.

5. Select Classes (Register)

To schedule and register for NIC classes, go to MyNIC > Self Service > Student Planning > Plan and Schedule. Choose the classes you need and register! There are step-by-step instructions located on MyNIC under the Documents: Category Self Service.

6. Apply for Scholarships

The earlier the better! Ask your High School Counselor about available State Department of Education Advanced Opportunities scholarships. The North Idaho College Foundation offers scholarships to Dual Credit Students as well. Click on "Paying for Classes" on more information.

7. Pay Tuition

Dual Credit students pay a reduced tuition rate. Tuition and any course fees must be paid by the first day of semester, unless otherwise instructed. Tuition bills will not be mailed to you or your parents, but will be available on your Student Finance page MyNIC > Self Service. Payments can be made through Self Service with a Visa, MasterCard, or debit card. Payment's are also accepted at NIC's Student Accounts window in Lee Kildow Hall.

8. Purchase Books

Books can be purchased at the Cardinal Bookstore in the Student Union Building or on-line at Check with your instructor before purchasing books. Some books may be provided through your high school if your class is at your high school.

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