Dual Credit For High School Students

Get a head start on earning college credit by taking dual credit classes through Carl Sandburg College. Dual Credit classes allow high school students to take courses that count toward both their high school and college credit. Don’t wait until you’ve graduated to begin your college career – use Dual Credit to get started today!

Advantages of Dual Credit

  • Affordability: Tuition at Sandburg is three times less than it is to attend a public, in-state university, saving families hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Sandburg provides a discount of 50% off tuition for up to six credits per semester (4 credits for 12-week terms).
  • Lighten Your College Workload: With Dual Credit already on their transcript, students get a head start on their college courses. Frequently, students can take a lighter academic load or even graduate early.
  • Earn a Degree While Still in High School: Some high schools in our district offer enough Dual Credit classes that students can complete their Associate in Arts from Sandburg while they’re still in high school.
  • Student Services: Dual Credit students receive the same on-campus benefits as other Sandburg students such as academic advising, free tutoring (in-person and online), Sandburg Library access, and free admission to campus events.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kind of classes are available?
    • Our Dual Credit offerings include general education courses that prepare students to transfer to pursue a bachelor's degree. For students interested in working after high school, career, technical, and health certificates and degrees are available.
  • Can I use financial aid?
    • Yes! Sandburg is part of an experimental program that allows students to apply Pell Grant funds to Dual Credit classes. Sandburg also provides a discount for Dual Credit tuition.
  • Do I need to pass a test at the end like AP classes?
    • No! One final exam won’t determine whether you get college credit. Simply pass the course and the credit is yours.
  • How do I sign up?
    • Contact the Sandburg Welcome Center at 309.345.3500 or welcomecenter@sandburg.edu or contact your high school counselor to see which Dual Credit classes are available for you!
How do I apply to become a Dual Credit student?

Apply to Sandburg

Please fill out our free Dual Credit Application.

  • You will be prompted to first create an account.
    • Select "I am currently a high school student wanting to take Dual Credit at Sandburg College".
    • Select "Dual Credit" as your Academic Program of Interest.
  • Please be sure to provide your Social Security number if you plan to apply for the Dual Credit Pell Grant.
  • If you are under the age of 16 when enrolling in dual credit courses, please complete the additional application
  • List your anticipated entry date as the semester in which you plan to start Dual Credit classes.
  • In approximately one week, you will receive a Welcome Letter with your Sandburg Student ID, Sandburg email address, and instructions that will allow you access to your student account and financial aid information through the mySandburg portal.

Apply for Financial Aid

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.ed.gov (Carl Sandburg College’s code is 007265). 

Placement Testing (Accuplacer)

  • Each course has set reading levels that a student must show aptitude in before placement in the course. Placement testing (Accuplacer) will be able to show the students' ability level to qualify for the coursework. For more information on where to take placement testing, test dates, and how to study for the placement testing, visit our Testing Center webpage.

Request Official Transcripts

  • If you have attended multiple high schools, request transcripts from all schools attended.
  • Request official transcripts from your current high school.
  • Send transcripts to Transcripts@Sandburg.edu.

Register for Classes

  • Carl Sandburg College staff work with your high school counselor to facilitate registration. Students will meet with their high school counselor and a Sandburg advisor to begin the process for Dual Credit registration.
How do I pay for tuition?

Please visit our Dual Credit financial aid webpage for information about applying for financial aid.

Tuition Information

  • Dual Credit students receive a tuition discount of 50% for the first six credit hours each semester.
  • Students must make payment in full or enroll in the payment plan by the set dates for the semester, typically 4 weeks prior to the start of the term. If payment is not made, students will be dropped from their courses and will need to re-enroll and arrange payment.
  • Students may pay with a credit card, check, or cash, through either campus, Carthage or Galesburg.
  • Deferred payment plans are available, please contact our Business Office for further information on payment plans at 309.341.5281.
  • Students may view their balance by logging in to mySandburg, then self-service. 

Tuition Calculation Example (2 classes 2021-22 ($175 per credit hour))

ENG.101 (3 credit hours): 525.00                    
PSY.101 (3 credit hours): 525.00                    
Registration fee: 25.00                  
Tuition & fees total:$1075.00    
Dual Credit tuition discount: -$525.00

Total tuition for Dual Credit: $550.00  

Current Dual Credit Students


On Sandburg’s web portal, students will find announcements, information about billing, grades, transcripts, class schedule, textbooks for classes, email, and other resources.

To log in:

  • Click here and click on "Login". For first time user, log in using the instructions 
  • If you need to reset your password, click on the link and follow the directions.
  • Once you are in mySandburg, explore the various links:
    • Online courses are through Moodle, which is on the upper side of the page.
    • Transcripts, GPA, payment, and student information are on the right-hand side under self-service.

If you have any questions or need help, contact the Help Desk at 309.341.5446 or helpdesk@sandburg.edu.

Once the student is registered for classes, follow the next steps for newly enrolled students. 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA was enacted by Congress in 1974 to protect the privacy of student educational records from unauthorized disclosure. All Sandburg Instructors and staff members follow the policy closely. If a parent wants specific information regarding their student’s progress in a course, Sandburg recommends the parent(s) and student schedule a meeting with the instructor. It is vital that the student be included in any communication. In addition, educational information regarding a student will not be released over the phone by a Sandburg official to anyone because the identity of the caller cannot be verified over the phone.

Graduating Dual Credit Students

Are you planning on attending Sandburg after graduation?

  • You do not need to re-apply as you are already a Sandburg student.
  • In October of your senior year of high school, apply for financial aid and scholarships.
  • Have official high school transcripts sent to Sandburg's Admissions Office after your seventh-semester grades are posted and again after you graduate.
  • Schedule an advising appointment by contacting Student Services at 309.341.5237 or studentservices@sandburg.edu.

Are you attending another college or university after graduation?

  • Don't forget to have official Sandburg transcripts sent to your school of choice for evaluation! Transcripts can be requested through your mySandburg account.
Contact Us

Don't know where to start? Contact the Welcome Center at 309.345.3500 or welcomecenter@sandburg.edu. Or you can visit us at 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Building B09, Galesburg, IL. Additionally, feel free to contact your designated Dual Credit Coordinator.

Linda Thomas
Located: Carthage Branch Campus
Phone: 217.357.3129 x7243
Email: lthomas@sandburg.edu

Linda supports the following high schools: Abingdon-Avon High School, Bushnell-Prairie City High School, Hamilton High School, Illini West High School, Warsaw High School, West Central High School, West Prairie High School, and home schooled students within these school districts.

Megan Jones
Located: Main Campus - Galesburg
Phone: 309.341.5229
Email: mjones@sandburg.edu

Megan supports the following high schools: Farmington Central High School, Galesburg Christian School, Galesburg High School, Knoxville High School, Monmouth-Roseville High School, ROWVA Senior High School, Spoon River Valley High School, United High School, Williamsfield High School, and home schooled students within these school districts.

Our Partner High Schools

High School Counselor Training Videos 

Please click on your high school's logo for specific dual credit information.


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