We are delighted you have chosen to start your college career with the Dual Credit Program at Lake Land College. We know that the transition from high school to college, while very exciting, is also challenging. As you begin this transition, you will certainly have many questions. This site will help to answer those questions and is a great resource of our program’s policies and procedures. We hope that you enjoy your experience with the Lake Land College Dual Credit Program and offer our very best for a successful start to your college education!
Hello Parents! We know that this process can be overwhelming for you too. While the language may be directed to your children, this site is prepared with you in mind as well. We hope it answers all of your questions about eligibility, enrollment, expectations, procedures, and available services for dual credit students. But if you need more information, please contact us. We’re more than happy to help in any way we can!
The benefits of enrollment in the Dual Credit Program are endless! But let’s list just a few…
To be accepted for enrollment in college-level courses, you must have appropriate academic qualifications, a high level of motivation, and adequate time to devote to studying a college-level course. In order to enroll in the Dual Credit program, you must:
Dual Credit – The only cost of taking a high school dual credit course is the “dual credit fee” (no tuition or other fees). Once your high school guidance counselor signs you up for a dual credit course, Lake Land College will bill your high school the course’s dual credit fee and then in most cases, the high school will disseminate the cost onto the student. Please check with your high school’s dual credit coordinator (usually the guidance counselor) as to the exact cost of a course before you register for it. The dual credit fee covers your textbook rental, library, rec center, accessibility, transcripts, and potential course software. In some instances there is the necessity to purchase additional consumable items (handbooks, tools, etc.) and there may be an additional cost to the course if a material is not meant to or cannot be returned to Lake Land College.
Dual enrollment – a course taken on Lake Land College campus, at an extension center, or online is dual enrollment. A student will be charged for tuition and will receive a bill directly.
Thousands of dollars can be saved by attending Lake Land College. Students today are trying to cut costs as much as possible without diminishing educational quality. That’s why, more than ever before, students are choosing to spend the first two years at Lake Land College (which enable them to get their general education requirements completed at sizeable monetary savings) before transferring to a four year college or university.
Students enrolled in dual credit courses will use college textbooks. To reduce the cost of higher education, Lake Land College rents textbooks for dual credit classes to our partner high schools. Lake Land College bills the high schools for these books, not the students.
Students enrolled in dual enrollment courses on campus, at an extension center, or online who are paying regular tuition and fees will pay the textbook rental fee as part of the college’s service fee. Consult the Dual Credit Coordinator at your high school to find out if you are responsible for tuition and fees for your dual credit class.
If you have an unpaid bill to Lake Land College, a block will be placed on your account. This will prohibit you from registering for both dual credit and dual enrollment courses. You will also be prohibited from receiving academic transcripts and making schedule changes.
Any junior or senior high school student who is willing and able to work at the level of expectations of a college level course. Highly recommend for students looking to get a jump start on their academic life after high school.
If your high school is offering a course, speak with your school guidance counselor. Once they have explained the fees and course rigor, they can approve you and have you fill out a Intent to Enroll form to be sent to Lake Land College. At the end of the course, the school will be billed by dual credit and that cost will potentially be passed on to the student.
Checkout Lake Land College’s general education course offerings, then check with your school to see what they offer for dual credit, and then consult with your high school guidance counselor and then with a Lake Land College academic counselor.
While we would like to offer the same dual credit courses to every high school, we must follow guidelines. The Illinois Community College Board, the Higher Learning Commission, and the Lake Land College Board Policy are specific about college instructor credentials. For that reason, only those instructors meeting the minimum requirements are approved to teach dual credit. Some high schools have more dual credit-approved instructors than others.
We know that your high school is staffed by excellent teachers. But the Illinois Community College Board, the Higher Learning Commission, and the Lake Land College Board Policy are specific about college instructor credentials. For that reason, only those instructors meeting the minimum requirements are approved to teach dual credit.
The credentials are the same for all 4 systems. If students do not know their IRIS ID and password, have them complete the following steps.
The password will depend on what they have already logged into. Use one of the options below.
Check with your instructor, but all dual credit courses have access to Canvas on the Lake Land College HUB. If you are an instructor and have never used Turnltln.com or do not see it on your Canvas account, please contact Sue Nugent in Information Systems and Services to get your courses set-up.
Dual credit and dual enrollment students are entitled to library usage. Contact librarian Sarah Hill for more information.
While you may have taken the courses in a high school building, dual credit classes are Lake Land College courses and will appear as such on your permanent academic transcript. With very few exceptions, you should have no problem transferring courses. Any difficulties in transferring courses should be reported to the Dual Credit Program.
Dual credit classes are Lake Land College courses and will appear as such on your permanent Lake Land College academic transcript. When you’re ready to transfer to another institution, you can request that an official transcript be sent to the institution of your choice by contacting the Admissions and Records Office or through your IRIS account.
If a dual credit course takes place over an entire academic year, it will not show up on your schedule and you will not receive a letter about the course from the Dual Credit Program until the spring semester. While you will be graded for an entire year’s work, you will only receive one semester’s credit for the course.
Only dual credit courses will appear on your Dual Credit Program welcome letter. Both dual credit and dual enrollment courses will appear on your schedule in IRIS.
Most often it is to the benefit of the student to complete the Associate in Arts or Science degree at Lake Land College before transferring. This degree will usually exempt a student from the necessity of taking lower-division general study courses at the four year institution.
A person who is enlisted in the IL National Guard has eligibility under the IL National Guard Grant once they’ve been a member for at least one year. At Lake Land College, the grant covers the student’s tuition and activity fee. All other fees are the responsibility of the student. The grant can only be used at an IL public college/university.
Yes, there can be. We advise that dual credit students be responsible and proficient in the discipline to which they hope to achieve college credit as they are held to the same standards as a traditional college student. It is advantageous to the student to receive a passing grade in the course. Students who take dual credit are being counted for financial aid regardless of the use of financial aid, so more classes in less semesters in preferable for maximum benefit to the student. It is also important that a student does well in their courses as a failing grade or withdraw (W) will remain on their Lake Land College transcript record
And can also affect their financial aid status (warning, suspension, etc.).