Dual Credit - Parents

Is Dual Credit a Good Choice for Your Family?

To succeed in the dual credit program, your student should have good study skills, self-discipline, and motivation. They’ll need the maturity and initiative to attend class and participate at the same level as regular college students.
Dual credit has many benefits:

  • Saving money for a college class by paying a reduced tuition of $65.00 per credit as a dual credit student.
  • Completing most of the first year of college by the end of high school if your student begins dual credit their junior year.
  • Convenience of taking a class on the high school campus.
  • Experiencing what college is like. This can help make the transition from home to college easier as well as provide information for future educational decisions.
  • A wider selection of electives.
  • Participating in a college atmosphere may help your student excel in learning.

Talk to your student’s high school teachers and counselors, as well as our Dual Credit Program Coordinator about whether dual credit is a good match for your son or daughter. Please remember that as a dual credit student is considered a regular college student responsible for their education. Take into consideration the maturity level of your student.

Home School Students

Home School Students are welcome to participate in the dual credit program. 10% of our dual credit students are homeschoolers.  Contact the Office of Advanced Opportunities for more information or an advising appointment.

Important Items to Consider


  • North Idaho College offers many challenging classes, all taught at a faster pace than high school classes.
  • NIC classes typically cover as much material in one semester as most high school classes cover in one year.
  • Often, classes require up to two hours of out-of-class study, per course credit, per week.
  • All Dual Credit grades become part of your permanent college transcript.
  • Your student is also responsible for completing all high school graduation requirements.
  • Your student will have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree and high school diploma at the same time.
  • Generally, the college credits your student earns will transfer to all other Idaho state public colleges and universities, according to the guidelines of those institutions. To be sure the courses you take will transfer, work with your advisor at NIC and the next institution you plan to attend.

Paying for Classes

Idaho State Department of Education - Office of Advanced Opportunities
Beginning July 1, 2016 the Fast Forward program provides every student attending an Idaho public school an allocation of $4,125.00 to use towards Advanced Opportunities in grades 7-12. The program was expanded by the Legislature in 2016 through the passing of House Bill 458. The fund can be used for:

Dual Credits 
Dual credits are courses taken by high school students that are transcribed on their high school and college transcripts. Through dual credit, students enroll in NIC college-level classes at a significantly reduced tuition rate.

The Fast Forward program can pay the cost of $65.00/credit. However, students are responsible for the cost of lab and other fees, books, supplies, non-course related fees, and transportation to and from college. These fees can be paid through your student’s MyNIC account (Student Menu, Student Accounts, View Account and Make Payments). Traditional federal financial aid is not available for dual credit students.

NIC also requires parking permits for parking on campus. Permits for 2016-17 are now available for purchase online through MyNIC, as well as in person at the Parking Services office in the Student Union Building. Under Bookmarks, click Parking Services (https://mynic.nic.edu/sites/facilities/parking if you are already logged on) and choose from the button options. You will need your vehicle's license number and students will need their student ID number.

Dual Credit courses can be taken face-to-face, online (internet), by virtual conferencing, or in some high schools. 

Students can utilize Fast Forward funds to pay for a variety of college-credit bearing or professional technical exams. These include Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or Career Technical Education (CTE) exams. 

Overload Courses 
An overload course is a high school level course that is taken in excess of the student’s regular school day. These courses are offered online, during the summertime, and after school. In the event that student incurs a cost for such courses, the Fast Forward program can pay up to $225.00 for the cost of the course. Overload courses must be above and beyond the full course load offered by the student’s local school.

Parents can save hundreds of dollars in tuition by their students moving ahead with completing high school requirements early and when your student is 16 years old, by starting college early through dual credit!

An Advanced Opportunities Participation Form allows students to participate in the Fast Forward program through the Idaho State Department of Education as authorized by Idaho Code 33, Chapter 46: Advanced Opportunities. By signing this form, the student and parent/guardian agree to the conditions and provisions of the program. The participation form needs to be signed and sent to your participating high school counselor and will be retained by the student’s school district.

The Idaho State Department of Education Advanced Opportunities website link: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/student-engagement/advanced-ops/index.html
Portal registration instructions are as follows:
Registration is a two-part process.
Step 1: The student must create an account with the State Department of Education.

  • Go to www.sde.idaho.gov/sectr/adv-opp/
  • Choose “Apply for Advanced Opportunities” (blue button in the middle of the page)
  • Select “Create an Account” in the top right corner
  • Fill in all the information (if you don’t know your EDUID, leave it blank)
  • Choose “Enroll New Student” to submit
  • Verify the account, using the confirmation email sent to the student. (Sometimes these go to student spam folders. If they aren’t received instantly, there is a problem.)

From here, your school will verify your account. Once this is done, you may sign up for funding.

Step 2: Sign up for course or exam funding, once you know the account is active.

  • Go to https://advancedops.sde.idaho.gov and login
  • Choose “Student Landing” in the top left corner
  • Apply for funding
    • Choose Exam or Course
    • Register the information for that course/exam
      • Most courses or exams are available in a drop down menu. If you don’t see your course or exam, contact your counselor. He or she may need to enter the course for you.
      • Choose Fast Forward
    • Submit your registration

How Does My Son/Daughter Apply to be a Dual Credit Student?

Return to the Dual Credit home page and click on “Admissions Steps” under “How to Enroll”. For more information call the Office of Advanced Opportunities (Dual Credit and Career Technical Programs)

Reasons Students May Not Be Able to Register for Classes

  • Dual Credit Authorization Form (DCAF) not submitted
  • Placement test scores may not satisfy requirements for class
  • Outstanding tuition or fees on Student Account from previous semester
  • Academic probation from current or previous semester
  • If a student applies to NIC but does not take a class, their account becomes dormant or inactive. To reactivate their account, student must re-apply as a Dual Credit High School Student - www.NIC.edu/Apply (It takes about 5 minutes). Their application will be updated and processed. 
  • High School class dates may overlap NIC class between semesters


Dual credit can open new and exciting frontiers in your student's academic, social, and personal life while they continue to participate in high school sports, music, clubs, or other extracurricular activities.

College Expectations

As a college student, your student is expected to conduct themselves as a responsible adult. This includes, but is not limited to, attending class, seeking academic help, and addressing any problems they may have directly with their instructors.
It is also important for parents to realize that college classes may cover a wide variety of sensitive subjects, including sex, violence, and religion. Remember, dual credit is a college program.

North Idaho College is required by law to inform students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which involves keeping student records confidential. Without a student’s written permission, NIC will not share student records with anyone but the student and appropriate college and high school representatives. Students who wish to share information with their parents must complete a release form. Parents cannot contact instructors or advisors on a student's behalf. College instructors are not informed of a student's age or enrollment status. Further information is available from the Registrar’s Office at (208) 769-3320.


Contact our office for individual Dual Credit or Career Technical Education advising appointments (208) 625-2329.