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
Take the Dual Credit Authorization Form [PDF] to your parents and to your high school counselor. After they have signed your completed form; mail, FAX or email the form to the Admissions office. The address is NIC Admissions Office, 1000 W Garden Avenue, Lee Kildow Hall, Room 105, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814. Admissions phone number is (208) 769-3311; Fax (208) 769-3399; email email@example.com.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): NIC 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). Initial if you will allow NIC to disclose your student records to your parents or legal guardians while you are in the Dual Credit program.
4. Complete Certificate of Residency Form (Kootenai County Residents - Skip this Step)
If you live outside Kootenai County, you must complete the Certificate of Residency Form and mail or deliver the form to your county clerk for authorization. Once NIC receives this form, out-of-county tuition and/or fees can be removed. Students are still responsible to pay the out-of-county tuition in full by the published due dates, unless NIC has received the approved form from your county.
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 the COMPASS placement test.
5. Set up your MyNIC and Cardinal Mail.
Click here [PDF] for directions for setting up your MyNIC account and your Cardinal Mail.
6. Take the COMPASS Test
The placement assessment (COMPASS) 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 COMPASS scores in fulfilling the placement requirement. Click here to see COMPASS Placement Interpretation Chart [PDF].
Make an appointment to take the COMPASS placement test at the NIC Testing Center after applying for admission to NIC. The NIC Outreach Centers in Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint, or Kellogg offer the COMPASS as well. You may find it helpful to take some practice tests online www.act.org/compass.
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 www.nic.edu/admission/visit. 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 www.nic.edu/security. 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: Services > Student Menu > Registration > Search/Register for Sections. Choose the classes you need and register!
10. Apply for Scholarships
The earlier the better! Ask your high school counselor about available scholarships or look at the "Paying for Classes" section of the Dual Credit home page. The North Idaho College Foundation offers scholarships to dual credit students as well. The application [PDF] is online.
11. Pay Tuition
Dual Credit students pay a reduced tuition rate. Tuition and any special fees must be paid on or before the due date noted on the payment screen. Tuition bills will not be mailed to you or your parents, but will be available on your MyNIC. Payment can be made through MyNIC with a Visa, MasterCard, or debit card. MyNIC > Student Menu > Student Accounts > View Account and Make Payments.
12. 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.