Dual Credit Resources for Parents

Supporting a dually enrolled student can be difficult as you and your student learn to navigate the college setting while still enrolled in high school. Please utilize the following information as a guide to assist you through this process.

Allow your student to complete his/her own application

Although dual credit students are still minors, enrolling in college classes requires a certain level of
independence. Allow them to take responsibility for their college career early on. Additionally, ensure that the student utilizes his/her own email address so that he/she will receive messages and enrollment

Stress the seriousness of dual credit classes

Ensure that your student understands that dual credit courses become a part of his/her permanent
academic record. Performance in these courses may affect 4-year college acceptance, scholarship
eligibility, and job acceptance. Additionally, poor performance or withdrawals could also affect students’ eligibility for financial aid after high school graduation.

Provide an environment conducive to academic success

Ensure that your student is getting adequate food and rest daily. Make sure that your student has a space and time to study that is quiet and free from distractions.

Encourage your student to seek assistance when necessary

If your student experiences difficulties in a class, encourage your student to reach out to the professor, join a student study group, or visit the Learning Commons for tutoring.

Allow your student to take ownership of his/her academic record

If your student has an issue with a professor or disagrees with a grade, support your student as he/she navigates the Student Complaint/Grade Appeal Process. Remember that all communication needs to be completed by the student. Parents are not to contact instructors on the students’ behalf. If you, the parent, need to speak with someone, please contact the Early College Programs office at 972-860- 7323.​