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How college differs from high school

There is no doubt that earning an education will be one of the most important investments your child will make. We know that you probably have many questions about how your daughter or son will transition from high school to college or take college courses while in high school. For those high school students that are taking college courses it is extremely important to understand the full impact of the course or courses. Below you will find important topics related to high school students taking college courses.

Joint Enrollment information:

What are concurrent enrollment courses?

Concurrent enrollment classes are college courses taught at your high school. Classes are taught by qualified high school teachers or college instructors. Most classes are taught face-to-face, but some are online. Others may combine the two which are called hybrid courses.

What are PSEO courses?

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) are courses that a student enrolls in that are taught at the college or university and count for both high school and post-secondary credit.


Paying for Joint Enrollment courses:

Concurrent Courses

Your School District pays for the course and the textbook.

PSEO Courses

Your School District pays for the course and EICC pays for the book. For PSEO if the student fails the course they could be required by the School District to pay reimbursement.


What you and your student need to know about being a concurrent student:

  1. All high school students taking college courses are college students.

  2. All college course credit goes on a permanent record.

  3. All college course credit can and will effect the amount of financial aid a student may receive.

  4. All high school students taking college courses can and are encouraged to meet with a college advisor to credit a degree plan.

  5. For High School students FERPA laws and regulations apply.  The definition for FERPA is - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act protects the privacy of a student’s educational records as print or electronic documents-by placing limits on who may have access to the records, what information may be shared or disclosed, and how that information may be used.

  6. All concurrent courses are tied to a high school course. If the student doesn’t complete the college course they will not complete the high school course. This means that if the student fails the college course they fail the high school course, if they student withdraws from the college course the student will also withdraw from the high school course. This will impact their high school graduation.

  7. The syllabus for the course explains everything the student needs to know to succeed in the course.

  8. The student can withdraw 2 weeks before the end of the course and receive a “W” for the course. This is better than receiving an “F”


Tips for success in a concurrent college course

  1. Read the syllabus and understand the expectations.
    • Get the book.

  2. Document the dates all of the course work is due.
    • Understand what the course work is and how best to complete it.

  3. Know your instructors contact information.
    • Ensure your instructor has your contact information as well.

  4. Understand what requirement your course is fulfilling for your degree plan.
    • Meet with an advisor to create your degree plan.

  5. Make sure you know where the course is meeting.


Important Resources for your college student


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