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Taking college classes while still working towards earning a high school diploma is a great opportunity for homeschool and virtual learning students to get a head start on the college experience. Highland Community College enables dual enrollment students to explore a wide range of courses that may not generally be offered through their high school program. Whether working towards an HCC degree or certificate, preparing to transfer to another college or university upon completion of high school, or simply getting insight into the college experience, participation in the dual enrollment program exposes students and their families to valuable lessons that will support their remaining college career.
Students who choose to take dual enrollment courses learn first-hand the demands of going to college. They experience the process of enrolling in college classes and become aware of the costs associated with college tuition, fees, and textbooks. The experience helps to ease the transition to college and provides academic enrichment to students who are ready for the challenge of college coursework. Students can also make considerable progress on their college education while earning their high school diploma if they give an appropriate amount of time and focus to their studies. HCC classes are offered at affordable rates, especially when compared to state universities, and students enjoy accessibility to instructors within small classroom settings or virtually from home. Courses are available online, on campus, and at our regional centers. Please visit the page for your selected location to note any important dates.
*Free Tuition for Kansas High School Students
It's easy to get started! If you have already taken classes with Highland Community College within the last year, then skip to step #4. There is no need to apply more than once.
New students, please click here to fill out the High School Application for Admission to apply for admission to Highland Community College.
You will receive an acceptance email shortly after applying. Please read through the information.
You will receive a separate email with your log-in information and directions to access your HCC Account: Getting Started
Your login information will also access your HCC email account. This is important for you to check frequently. All correspondence with HCC must be sent and received from this email account.
Check to see what courses are offered and decide what courses you'd like to enroll in. Please note that your class might require you to meet a prerequisite. See Step #7 if you need to inquire about testing.
After you know which classes you'd like to enroll in, log into your MyHCC account and add the courses to your schedule. For step-by-step information on enrolling via your MyHCC account, please click here: MyHCC Enrollment Directions.
Make sure you send any transcripts, test scores, etc. if you need to meet a prerequisite to email@example.com.
Schedule placement testing if you need to meet a prerequisite, and do not have sufficient ACT, Accuplacer, or Asset test scores. Please contact the HCC campus or your local Regional Center to set up a testing date.
Q: As a homeschool or virtual learning student do I have an advisor?
A: As a homeschool or virtual learning student you are not specifically assigned to an academic advisor on campus. However, we understand that you want to get the most out of your dual enrollment classes based on your goals for the future so our Student Services Specialist for Concurrent Programming, would love to help you with degree planning, picking classes that are right for you, and any other questions you may have. Please call (785) 442-6141 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Q: What if I do poorly in my college classes? It won’t matter yet, right?
A: Wrong. Your college transcript and GPA start with your first college class. Low or failing grades in your dual enrollment college classes affect your overall GPA, which can affect your eligibility for federal financial aid, scholarships, and future college program acceptance.
Q: What happens if I or a family member have a medical emergency and I am unable to complete some or all of my course?
A: If a crisis happens that would hinder your participation in your HCC classes, please, first communicate with the instructor of the class. Letting them know ahead of time or as soon as possible about the situation will allow them to work with you on finding a solution and helping you to finish the course successfully. If you don’t believe you will be able to finish the course, please contact the Director of Concurrent Instruction and complete the “Medical or Hardship Withdrawal”.
Q: How will I know if my classes will transfer to the school I want to transfer to after HCC?
A: Over 90 courses are listed on the Kansas Seamless Transfer list. These are guaranteed transfer to any community college and regent college in the state of Kansas. There is a Transfer Guides link on the concurrent website with more information on transferring your courses. If you still aren’t sure, please contact the school in which you are considering transferring to. Every institution has different credits they will and will not accept based on curriculum and other policies.
Q: How do I transfer my classes to the college I’m attending full-time after graduation?
A: You will need to complete a transcript request after final grades have posted for your HCC classes. You can complete a transcript request in your MyHCC account under the Grades tab. Or you can print a Transcript Request on our website.
Q: Can my parent or guardian call you with questions regarding my application, account or grades?
A: The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows HCC to release student directory information i.e. student addresses, emails, majors, and some additional information. We prefer that the student reach out with any complication they have in the application process so that they are able to do so with ease in the future both at our school and others, as most application processes are similar no matter the institution. If the student is not able to reach out through either email or phone call for some reason, we would be happy to answer general questions for parents. However, in order to discuss a student account, we would need a FERPA release signed, stating it was okay to do so. FERPA DOES NOT allow HCC to give information on grades, SS numbers, student schedules, or student account information to anyone, including parents UNLESS the student has given consent by signing the FERPA release form. HCC staff will never discuss grades or specific assignments with any third party, only the student themselves. For more information on FERPA, please visit: Student Right to Know.
Q: Can I apply for financial aid to pay for my dual enrollment classes?
A: High school students do not qualify for financial aid. All course tuition and fees must be paid out of pocket.
Q: How much are my classes?
A: You can view tuition and fee information here: Tuition Costs. More information can be found here: Concurrent Tuition and Payments.
Q: How do I pay my bill? What payment plan options do you have?
A: There are many ways you can pay your bill. The easiest and most convenient way to pay your bill is by logging into your HCC account and selecting the MyHCC application. For more information and listed instructions please visit: Concurrent Tuition and Payments.
Payment plans are also available. There is a $25 non-refundable fee as well as 10% of the total cost when setting up your payment plan. For more information please visit: HCC Payment Plans.
Q: I heard there are dual enrollment classes I can take for free. Which classes are those?
A: Excel in CTE is a program that allows Kansas high school students to enroll in technical education programs and other select classes tuition free. You can find more information about this program and possible fees that may still apply on the Excel in CTE webpage.
Q: I need a 1098-T tax form. How do I get one?
A downloadable version of your 1098-T tax form can be accessed through your MyHCC account. Log in and choose consent and reports tab to begin. For more information or detailed instructions please visit: Form 1098-T Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I have a hold on my account, what do I do?
Student accounts are put on hold for a variety of reasons: balance due, missing social security number, incorrect email address on file, etc. Depending on the hold you may contact concurrent staff or financial services to resolve the hold and continue with the registration process.
Q: I want to apply to take dual enrollment classes. Where do I start?
A: Students first step with HCC is to Apply for Admission. We understand that applying to take classes can be overwhelming. There is a numbered checklist for students to follow under “Getting Started".
Q: I have completed the high school application for admission. What do I do now?
A: CHECK YOUR EMAIL! Because our concurrent department is small and our service area is large, we rely heavily on email communication. You will receive an email from email@example.com with your username, temporary password, and student ID. You will also receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org within 1-3 business days of submitting your application with instructions on what to do next. Please read through it and open all attachments with directions on how to access your HCC account and enroll online.
Q: I have applied for and taken classes through HCC in the past. Do I need to apply for admissions again?
A: Current students (attended within the past two semesters) do not need to reapply to take online, regional, dual enrollment, or concurrent classes. If you have not enrolled within the past two semesters, then it is necessary for you to apply for admissions again. If you are graduating from high school and would like to attend HCC as a full-time student, you will also need to reapply as a Regular Student.
Q: Can I only take classes offered under HS-Online location in the class search?
A: Homeschool and virtual learning students can take any classes offered at HCC as long as they have met the prerequisite for that specific class. Classes listed under the HS-Online location on the class search in MyHCC are simply online classes that are offered by HCC for high school students only. These classes are most often required as prerequisites for degrees, transfer easily, are taken more often by high school students, and are most practical for students taking college level courses for the first time. Additionally, these classes are assessed the concurrent tuition and fee rate and will follow a slightly different semester calendar that is more conducive to a high school student’s unique schedule.
Q: What is the difference between concurrent and dual credit enrollment?
Concurrent and Dual Enrollment are college credit classes taken by high school students. Concurrent enrollment is classes taught at a high school by an approved high school teacher during the high school day in conjunction with regular high school classes. Dual enrollment is students receiving both high school and college credit for classes taught by an approved HCC instructor.
Q: What is the maximum number of credit hours I can take as a high school student?
A: Just like any other HCC student you can take a maximum of 18 credit hours during a regular semester with no more than 12 hours during an 8-week session. For the summer session, a student may take a maximum of 12 credit hours. However, when deciding how many credit hours you wish to take keep in mind that these classes are college level courses and you should plan on spending 3 hours a week studying for every credit hour you are taking, especially in online classes. Our goal is for you to be successful, so please consider how much you can reasonably handle while still enjoying school and navigating everyday life.
Q: I need to take a placement test (Asset or Accuplacer), how do I do that?
A: You may schedule a placement test through any of our Regional Centers or Campus by completing the Placement Test Scheduling Form.
Q: I didn’t meet the prerequisite requirement with my Accuplacer or Asset test. Can I take the test again and is there anything I can study to help with this score?
A: Students may re-test. There is a minimum two-week wait period between testing sessions. A $25 re-testing fee may apply. Online practice tests that can be found on the Eligibility & Prerequisite webpage.
Q: When will I know which courses will be offered next semester? When is the last day to drop a class? When will my final grade be posted?
A: Fall and Summer semester courses are available for enrollment in March. Spring semester courses are available for enrollment in October. You can find a list of important dates, including dropping classes and final grade postings, for each semester by going to your location’s webpage.
Q: How do I drop a class?
A: If it is no longer an option to drop the class the same way you registered for it online, please log in to your HCC account and email email@example.com with your: full name, high school, birthdate, student ID if possible, and that you would like to drop it. Please confirm you are within the drop period and you may not be eligible for a refund. Please review the Important Dates found on your location’s webpage.
Q. If I decide during the second semester that I would like college credit for a first semester course in which I was not enrolled, can I enroll retroactively?
A: No, students must enroll by the posted enrollment deadlines in the current semester the course is offered.
Q: I never received a login ID and password email. How do I get one sent to me?
A: Your login ID and a temporary password was emailed from firstname.lastname@example.org shortly after your application is processed. Please check your junk or spam mail on the email account you provided as it does appear in those folders frequently. If you still believe you have not received this email, please contact the IT Helpdesk.
Q: I can’t login to my HCC account. Help!
A: First confirm you are using the correct user id: email@example.com. If you are having trouble remembering your password, select the Forgot MyHCC Password link. If you are still having problems, please contact the IT Helpdesk.
Q: I need my Student ID to enroll in classes, where can I find that?
A: Your username, HCC email address, temporary password and student ID can all be found shortly after the submission of the online application in an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check your junk and spam folders if you do not receive this email before calling for more assistance. If you need your student id to sign up for a payment plan, please login to your MyHCC account and click the My Profile link and select Account Information.
Q: I can’t remember my HCC login ID and password. How do I get that information?
A: Your HCC login is typically LastName.FirstName@highlandcc.edu. If you cannot remember your password, please select the Forgot MyHCC Password link. If you are still having problems, please contact the IT Helpdesk.
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