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Earn college credit while still in high school!
The purpose of dual enrollment is to provide high school students with access to coursework that is not available in Alaska high schools and opportunities for high school students to get a jump start on their college career. UAS welcomes registration of high school and homeschool students who are prepared for college-level work and our dual enrollment policies are designed to allow access to courses in a manner that supports student success. UAS advisors can assist all interested students, their parents with registering for classes or answering questions about dual enrollment.
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Types of Secondary School Student Enrollment
Dual Enrollment Students
A dual enrollment student is one who is simultaneously enrolled in a high school curriculum and also is taking courses at UAS. Examples include academic courses that are more advanced than those offered in high schools and various career and technical programs that high schools are not equipped to teach. Whether or not a student receives high school credit for a dual enrollment course is determined by the high school.
There may be students who are enrolled in high school and are taking UAS classes, but do not intend to use the UAS classes for academic credit at their high school. This may also include home school students or those who have withdrawn from high school prior to graduation and have not completed a GED.
Career and Technical Education Dual Enrollment
Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are offered by agreement between UAS and identified high schools as a means of promoting career and technical education pathways. Under such an agreement, high school instructors approved by UAS teach college-level classes that are taught in local high schools. CTE dual enrollment students should register for these courses at their high schools. For more information, please contact the School of Career Education.
The Alaska Advantage program encourages high school students from participating school districts to take any 100 or 200 level online courses offered by University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Southeast. These college courses provide the opportunity for high school students to get a jump start on their college careers and meet high school requirements at the same time. Students who enroll in the Alaska Advantage Program can earn credits accepted at UAS and UAF, and these credits can also be transferred to other institutions of higher education. The cost is $495 per three-credit course (not including textbooks and other course materials). Before registering for a course through Alaska Advantage, please contact a UAS advisor.
Registration Procedure for Dual Enrollment Students
- Meet with an advisor to discuss the goals, risks, and rewards of enrollment in college courses, identify appropriate courses and explore the extent to which student has an adequate background to meet expectations of college-level study.
- Apply through our online application as a non-degree seeking secondary student. This step can take up to 2–3 business days for processing. You only need to complete this step once.
- Go to ELMO to claim your username/ID and set a password. Select Option 3 ("Search for my account"). Please contact the UAS IT Helpdesk (907-796-6400) if you encounter any problems.
- If enrolling in a writing or math course, take the Directed Self Placement assessment for initial writing course placement, and take the ALEKS assessment for initial math course placement. Scores from SAT or ACT tests taken within the past year may be substituted for writing placement.
- Complete the Secondary Student and Parent/Guardian Agreement form, which requires signatures of the student and parent. You only need to complete this step once.
- Register for classes via UAOnline. Students can also register with a paper registration form signed by their advisor along with a signed Secondary Student and Parent/Guardian Agreement form. Important dates and deadlines are available on the Academic Calendar.
- Pay all tuition and fees associated with selected course(s) by the payment deadline. Contact the UAS Student Accounts desk with billing questions.
- Adhere to UA Board of Regents' Policies (specifically, but not limited to chapter 09.02) as well as Student Rights and Responsibilities and student handbook.
The secondary school student and their parent or guardian understand and accept that:
- University work generally is much more rigorous and often much less guided than secondary coursework.
- University study typically includes use of curriculum, course materials, and discourse that are appropriate for mature/adult students.
- Enrollment at UAS establishes a university transcript that will follow the student throughout their college career wherever the student subsequently enrolls. The grades earned can impact many things in the future, including admissions, scholarships, and financial aid eligibility.
- Students are expected to consult with a UAS advisor to ensure that their combined course load in high school and at UAS is manageable and conducive to student success.
- UAS reserves the right to discontinue enrollment of a dual enrolled student if it becomes clear that they lack adequate background for student success.
- Students must meet all prerequisites and secure funding to cover tuition, fees, books, and materials. Federal and state financial aid is not available to students who lack a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Students are required to abide by all UAS policies and procedures and the Student Code of Conduct.