• Dual Credit Program FAQs

  • Student & Parent FAQs

    What is dual credit?
    A dual credit course is a college-level course taken at the high school. A student enrolled in dual credit can receive both high school and college credit for the course if they earn a C or better in the course.
    How can I register for dual credit courses?
    By visiting https://secure.ccu.edu/dualcredits/ students can fill out the registration form and pay the $200 course fee to register.
    Can I transfer my courses to another college or university?
    Yes, you can transfer your credit to another college or university. In a recent study of 81 public, private, and Christian colleges by a local Christian high school, over 90% accepted CCU dual enrollment credits. Of the 10% of schools that did not accept the credits, half did not accept any form of high school credit and are among the top 1% of colleges nationwide. Every major state university surveyed accepted the dual enrollment credit, as did most major private schools and all 27 Christian universities that participated in the survey.
    How much does a dual credit course cost?
    There is a $200 course fee to register for courses that are three, four, or five credit hours. The course fee is applicable for each course taken by the student. This is at a much reduced rate compared to CCU’s cost per credit hour.
    What is the difference between dual credit and AP courses?
    Both dual credit and Advanced Placement courses are taught at the college level. In AP courses, college credit is awarded after the student passes the AP exam, whereas dual credit courses earn credit in the same manner as a typical college course – through papers, tests and other assignments. There are many AP courses that are also dual credit. In this situation, a student may decide whether they want to take the AP exam to earn college credit or enroll in dual credit unless their high school has their own AP test requirement.
    What are the benefits of dual credit?
    There are many benefits of taking dual credit courses. A dual credit course is taught at the college level, so it prepares students for college work and facilitates the transition between high school and college. Through dual credit courses, students are receiving college credit during high school at a much reduced rate of a college course, therefore, it reduces the cost of a college education and the time needed to complete a degree program.
    How do I request my transcript to be sent to another college or university?
    Students who have taken a CCU dual credit can submit a transcript order through our online ordering system at: www.ccu.edu/transcript. If you are placing this order before final grades have posted, please indicate on your order that you wish to have your transcript held for current semester grades.
    Who is eligible for dual credit courses?
    CCU allows the individual high schools to decide which students are eligible for dual credit courses. Normally, these are at least junior–and mostly senior–level courses that are more rigorous than other courses within the school’s curriculum.
    May I withdraw from a course after registering?

    Yes, a student may withdraw from a course by returning to the registration page and filling out the withdraw form. Courses will not be transcripted for a student who withdraws from the course by the drop deadline; students who withdraw after the drop deadline will receive a grade of W on their transcript. Tuition will be returned dependent on the date of withdraw. The withdraw dates for the 2013-2014 school year are as follows:

    Fall 2013: September 30 – Drop deadline (100% tuition refund) November 1 – Withdrawal deadline (no tuition refund, grade of W)
    Spring 2014:
    February 15 – Drop deadline (100% tuition refund) March 21 – Withdrawal deadline (No tuition refund, grade of W)
    Summer 2014:
    June 15 – Drop deadline (100% tuition refund) July 18 – Withdrawal deadline (No tuition refund, grade of W)
    Are you required to provide transcripts from CCU to every school you apply to?
    You are not required to provide a CCU transcript to every college or university that you submit an application for. Many students will only send their CCU transcript to the school they have chosen to attend after they have completed their senior year dual credit courses.
    Is there a limit to the number of dual credit courses a student can take?
    CCU does not set restrictions on the number of courses a student may take, however, there may be restrictions set by individual high schools.
    Will I still be considered a freshman when applying to college?
    The majority of colleges and universities will consider students entering college directly from high school a freshman regardless of the number of credit hours from dual credit courses. This is important for financial aid purposes.
    Am I required to provide my social security number on the registration page?
    Students are required to provide their social security number for identification purposes in the transcript request process. CCU must also have the student’s social security number in order to provide a 1098T – a federal government tax form for fees paid to CCU. If you are an international student, please submit the registration form with all zeros.
    Are international students eligible to register for dual credit? 
    Yes, international students may register for dual credit through Colorado Christian University. On the registration page, these students should use 000-00-0000 in the social security number field.
  • High School FAQs

    How are students’ grades submitted?

    The high school teacher will submit their students’ final grades to Carey Ellison at cellison@ccu.edu. The grades should be the overall course grade and should be submitted using the Colorado Christian University grading scale:

    A92.50–100%
    A-89.50–92.49%
    B+87.50–89.49%
    B82.50–87.49%
    B- 79.50–82.49%
    C+77.50–79.49%
    C72.50–77.49%
    D+69.50–72.49%
    D62.50–67.49%
    D-59.50–62.49%
    FBelow 59.49%
    What is the deadline for submitting a dual credit course for approval?
    High schools must submit a dual credit course for approval by September 1 for yearlong courses and January 15 for spring semester courses.
    What is the deadline for students to register for a dual credit course?
    The registration deadline for the fall semester is September 30 and February 28 for the spring semester.
    How are the courses transcripted?
    When a teacher has submitted final grades for a course, they are posted to the student’s transcript. The transcript will have CCU’s course equivalency and the student’s letter grade. These transcripts can be sent to the student or any college or university in the country. Students should request transcripts at www.ccu.edu/transcript. If the student is placing their order before final grades have been posted, they should indicate on their order that they wish to have your transcript held for current semester grades.
    What students are eligible for dual credit?
    CCU leaves it up to the individual high school to decide which students are eligible for dual credit courses. Normally, these are junior and senior level courses that are more rigorous than other courses within the school’s curriculum.
    Is there a requirement or limit to the number of dual courses a student can take in a semester?
    There are no restrictions set by CCU on how many or how few courses a student can enroll in.
    How does a high school apply for dual credit?
    High schools must submit an application, resume of the instructor, and a comprehensive course syllabus to be considered for approval for the dual credit program. CCU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs will determine if the course is taught at the college level.
    What teachers are eligible to teach a dual credit course?
    Generally, CCU looks at courses taught by master’s degree level instructors, but also looks at the portfolio of teaching experience the instructor has even if they have not acquired a master’s level degree.
    Is there a fee for high schools to enroll in the dual credit program?
    There is not a fee for high schools to apply and enroll in the dual credit program. The only cost of the program is the $200 course fee for the students.
    Who do I direct students to for questions on the dual credit program?
    Students can contact Carey Ellison at 303.963.3029 or cellison@ccu.edu with any questions on the dual credit program.
    Is CCU accredited?
    Colorado Christian University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of the Colleges and Schools.
    Where will CCU credit transfer?
    In a recent study of 81 public, private, and Christian colleges by a local Christian high school, over 90% accepted CCU dual enrollment credits. Of the 10% of schools that did not accept the credits, half did not accept any form of high school credit and are among the top one percent of colleges nationwide. Every major state university surveyed accepted the dual enrollment credit, as did most major private schools and all 27 Christian universities that participated in the survey.
  • Contact Info

    Dual Credit Program

    Phone: 303-963-3029

    or 800-44-FAITH

    Fax: 303-301-8029

    Email: cellison@ccu.edu