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 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 at least 16 years of age and/or have completed one-half of your high school graduation requirements. A 3.0 GPA is recommended.
"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 or submit an Application for Admission at the NIC Admissions Office.
3. Complete Dual Credit Authorization Form
The Dual Credit Authorization Form [PDF] will need to be signed by the student, a parent or guardian and the high school counselor. Return the completed form to NIC either by mail, FAX or email to the Admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other contact information is: FAX (208) 769-3399; phone number (208) 769-3311 and address NIC Admissions Office, 1000 W Garden Avenue, Lee Kildow Hall, Room 105, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.
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.
4. Complete Certificate of Residency Form (Kootenai County Residents - Skip this Step)
If you live OUTSIDE Kootenai County, a Certificate of Residency Form must be completed and returned to your county clerk. The form may be mailed or delivered to your county clerk for authorization. Students who live outside Kootenai County are assessed an addition tuition fee of $50.00 a credit. The county clerk will notify NIC if residency has been approved and will pay the addition tuition. Students are responsible to pay the out-of-county tuition unless NIC has received the approval from your county clerk.
Congratulations! You are ready to move to the next step of "registering".
Note: After the NIC Application, the Dual Credit Authorization Form 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.
5. 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 thewriteclassnic.com 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 www.nic.edu/testingcenter or call the Testing Center (208) 676-7203.
6. Set up your MyNIC and Cardinal Mail.
Click here [PDF] for directions for setting up your MyNIC account and your Cardinal Mail.
7. 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.
8. Apply for Scholarships
The earlier the better! Ask your High School Counselor about available State Department of Education Fast Forward scholarships. The North Idaho College Foundation offers scholarships to Dual Credit Students as well. Click on "Paying for Classes" on www.nic.edu/dualcredit more information.
9. 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.
10. Purchase Books
Books can be purchased at the Mica Peak Exchange in the Student Union Building or on-line at www.bkstr.com/nicstore/home. Check with your instructor before purchasing books. Some books may be provided through your high school if your class is at your high school.