Many high school students can earn college credit through Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate programs. Earning this credit can save you time and money as a college student. Please contact your school counselor or read here: Dual Enrollment Benefits for more information. You can also read more from the Virginia Department of Education that explains how Dual Enrollment helps students transfer to Virginia Colleges and Universities.

Dual Enrollment Programs

Early College Scholars

The Early College Scholars program allows eligible high school students to earn at least 15 hours of transferable college credit while completing the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma. The result is a more productive senior year and a substantial reduction in college tuition. Students earning a college degree in seven semesters instead of eight can save an average of $5,000 in expenses.
To qualify for the Early College Scholars program, a student must:
Have a "B" average or better;
Be pursuing an Advanced Studies Diploma; and
Take and complete college-level course work (i.e., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge, or dual enrollment) that will earn at least 15 transferable college credits.
For more information, please visit The Virginia Department of Education.

Helpful Links
  • Virginia Community Colleges offer high school students the ability to earn college credit while in high school.

  • Virtual Virginia offers online placement and foreign language courses to students across the state.

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