Hamilton High School pathway options

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Carl Sandburg College works with Hamilton High School to help students get a head start on earning college credit by taking dual credit classes at the high school and online. Dual Credit classes allow high school students to take courses that count toward both their high school and college credit. Hamilton High school has both transferable and career and technical college classes to help students prepare for the next phase of life.

Students who are interested in career paths can take classes towards an Associate in Applied Sciences or certificates while in high school. Depending on the availability of qualified faculty, these career degrees or certificates may be offered at HHS, online, or on Sandburg's campus. Students may also complete some of the courses at HHS, graduate from HHS, and then finish the AAS degree or certificate at Sandburg.

These degrees, offered in the career, technical, and health areas, prepare the student for the workforce. They are not intended to transfer to a four-year college or university. For some of our AAS degrees in health care, students must complete a separate application and meet the established requirements for admission.


Please contact your dual credit advisor for more information on career pathways available to you.

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. 

Dual credit students receive a tuition discount of 50% for the first six credit hours each semester.

Regular Tuition for 2 classes in 2020-21 ($170 per credit hour)          

ENG.101 (3 credit hours): 510.00                    

PSY.101 (3 credit hours): 510.00                    

Registration fee: 25.00                  

Tuition & fees total:$1045.00    

Sandburg discount: -$510.00

TOTAL TUITION FOR DUAL CREDIT: $535.00               


Offered to students who participated in Dual Credit during high school. To be eligible for the scholarship, students are required to complete at least six dual credit hours, complete the FAFSA, have a grade point average at Sandburg of a 3.0 or higher, and complete the DC Success Scholarship application. The college selects and awards these students to promote enrollment following high school. Awards are $1,500 for the first year of full-time enrollment following high school graduation.   


Please visit our dual credit financial aid page for information on how to apply for the FAFSA.


The college learning environment encourages critical thinking and promotes the examination of contrasting perspectives of the world. This is an environment of adult interaction where students will be exposed to concepts, lectures, and materials that are designed for adults and adult audiences.

  • Internet usage: At the college, there is some restricted internet access; however, student internet usage is not monitored.
  • The college environment: Carl Sandburg College is a community of lifelong learners that welcomes, values, and respects diversity. The College fosters a climate of mutual respect that celebrates diversity and inclusion by embracing our similarities as well as our differences. The College stands for tolerance, non-discrimination, and cultural sensitivity.
  • Expected conduct: A copy of the Student Code of Conduct is available on the Sandburg website and all students are expected to behave in adherence to this policy.
  • Course descriptions: Course descriptions for all courses are available through the online catalog. At times, college courses may expose students to graphic depictions or discussion of mature themes.
  • College classroom activities: Classroom activities may include fieldwork, lab experiments with chemicals, career, and technical education courses may include the use of machinery/complex equipment and group work with other students of all ages and backgrounds.

Enrolled students establish a permanent college academic record and transcript that may be required by future colleges or universities. This permanent academic record may affect eligibility for future financial aid. It is also understood that the student will receive college credit for successfully completed coursework. 

  • Students are responsible to go online to obtain their college grades. Grades will not be mailed to the student’s residence.
  • All students are expected to be in compliance with all current published college policies, rules, and regulations. Students are subject to the same course requirements, grading standards, and attendance requirements established by the course instructor in the course syllabus.
  • Students will be treated like everyone else in the class.
  • Students will be held to the same expectations as any other student in the classroom and will be expected to follow the course syllabus.
  • The course content, delivery, and assessments will not be altered due to underage students enrolled in the course. Students may be exposed to adult language, discussion, and/or themes in the classroom, and on campus. 
  • Students are responsible to communicate with the instructor if there are any questions or concerns.
  • Students are responsible to seek assistance for any special needs they have, such as disability services or tutoring.
  • The faculty bear no responsibility for underage students outside of the classroom. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for the students before and after class.
  • Parents/legal guardians assume responsibility and liability for the student and will be expected to attend any disciplinary sessions.
  • If a student is attending a postsecondary institution - at any age - the rights under FERPA have transferred to the student. However, in a situation where a student is enrolled in both a high school and a postsecondary institution, the two schools may exchange information on that student. If the student is under 18, the parents still retain the rights under FERPA at the high school and may inspect and review any records sent by the postsecondary institution to the high school.
Contact Advisor

For more information regarding the Hamilton HS dual credit program, please contact:

Linda Thomas
Coordinator of the Branch Campus Support Services
217.357.3129 EXT: 7243