North Dakota Dual Credit Information

  • North Dakota’s dual credit program allows students in grades 10 through 12 to take college courses and receive college credit, which also may be used to meet high school graduation requirements. Tuition, fees, books and other costs are the student’s responsibility. 
  • Classes are taught by approved instructors, either face-to-face in the classroom, online or through an Interactive Video Network. 
  • Once you’ve taken college courses from a University System campus, it’s simple to enroll as a full-time student because you already have paid your admission fee and have been accepted by that college or university. If you decide to attend a different University System campus, most general education college courses are transferable. 
  • To enroll as a dual-credit student, you need permission from your high school administrator and, in most cases, a minimum GPA of 3.0. 
  • According to North Dakota University System (NDUS) procedures, “The college course section taught in the high school must meet the content and academic standards of the NDUS course sections taught on campus. … To ensure that college course standards are adhered to, the NDUS college/university course syllabus will be provided to the [high school] instructor and be used as the criteria and model for all such dual-credit college courses taught in the high school. In most cases, this will mean the use of the same (or equivalent) text materials and similar evaluation criteria to include institutional exams if need be.” The postsecondary institution must monitor the course, including by “using the sponsoring college/university student evaluation document and procedure in order to solicit student feed-back.” See also the “Instructor Approval” portion of the North Dakota University System Procedures 402.3.2, Delivery of Dual-Credit College Courses. 
  • All dual-credit courses have equal transferability status within the North Dakota University System in accordance with the General Education Requirement Transfer Agreement (GERTA) and other transfer agreements. 

Participating Institutions

Tuition Support

Bank of North Dakota Dual Credit Assistance ApplicationBank of North Dakota (BND) is accepting applications from eligible students for financial assistance to pay for dual credit courses. Funding may be limited. Applications will be considered by date submitted. Approved students may receive assistance for up to two (2) courses per academic school year. 

Enabling Legislation

NDCC Chapter 15.1-25 Post Secondary Enrollment states that any North Dakota student enrolled in grade ten, eleven, or twelve in a public high school is eligible to receive high school and postsecondary credit for the successful completion of an academic course offered by any postsecondary institution accreddited by a regional accrediting organization or a career and technical education course offered by a postsecondary institution in a program accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization recognized by the United States department of education.

Additional Information

North Dakota Professional Development offers a wealth of resources available to educators in North Dakota. 

The North Dakota Regional Education Association provides support to strengthen the seven Regional Education Associations across the state, serving 99.9% of the state’s public schools and over 112,000 public school students, plus over 6,450 students in private schools, Bureau of Indian Education Schools, ND School for the Deaf and ND Youth Correctional Center.

North Dakota State Board of Higher Education Policy Manual – 469 College in High School