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.

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 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 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 Math Placement Assessment and 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 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.

6. Set up your MyNIC and Cardinal Mail.

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

7. Visit the Campus

To learn what NIC has to offer you as a student, we encourage you to schedule an individual campus tour at Come see what it’s like to walk along the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, eat at the Market, meet friendly faculty and staff, and hear the cheers at a soccer game. If you can’t make it in person, be sure to check out the campus virtually by visiting the Virtual Tour at

8. Be familiar with Campus Safety, Drug and Alcohol Policies, and Emergency Procedures

North Idaho College is committed to the safety and security of its students, employees, and visitors. In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the college publishes an annual Security and Fire Safety Report that contains information regarding NIC’s safety policies, crime and fire statistics, and campus resources. A paper copy of the report may be obtained by contacting Campus Security at (208) 769-3310 or visit

All college employees and students have a responsibility to engage in their own safety and security. As an institution, North Idaho College has several notification systems used during campus emergencies. The Alertus system utilizes a series of beacons that will sound an alarm in college buildings when activated as well as take over the screens of all networked computers with an alert message. In addition, the Cardinal Contact system sends alert messages via email, voicemail, and text to all contacts in the MyNIC system. Employees and students are automatically signed up to receive Cardinal Contact alert messages. Please ensure that you’ll receive alerts by checking your contact information in MyNIC. Log in to MyNIC and then under the “Services” tab, click “User Account” then “Contact Information.” The phone numbers listed as “Cell” will receive text messages via the Cardinal Contact system. The phone numbers listed as “Business” or “Home” will receive voicemail. More lockdown and shelter in place guidelines are available at There, you can also watch the emergency preparedness video to review responses in an active shooter situation. The college will test emergency procedures each semester with a collegewide drill.

North Idaho College is a drug- and alcohol-free education institution. The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA), as articulated in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Part 86 requires institutions of higher education to establish policies that address unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs. It also requires the establishment of a drug and alcohol prevention program. Students, staff, and faculty may request additional information by contacting either the Director of Student Disability, Health, and Counseling at (208) 769-7794 or the Director of Student Development at (208) 769-5970. You may also find additional information at

9. Select Classes (Register)

To view the NIC classes available for registration, log on to your MyNIC account, go to: Self Service > Student Planning > Plan and Schedule. Choose the classes you need and register!

10. 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 more information.

11. Pay Tuition

Dual Credit students pay a reduced tuition rate. Tuition and any course fees must be paid by the first day of semester. 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.

12. Purchase Books

Books can be purchased at the Mica Peak Exchange 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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