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Want to speed up the time it takes to earn a college degree and reduce how much it costs? Interested in improving your academic performance in both high school and college? Northampton Community College has partnered with local school districts to provide students the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school. Dual enrollment through NCC's College Connections program gives students a first-hand look at what college courses will be like, and allows them to accelerate their college career, making it more likely they will earn their college degree.
What is Dual Enrollment?
Recent studies show that students who participate in dual enrollment programs like NCC's College Connections are more likely to graduate from high school, and succeed in college. The largest percentage of NCC's College Connections students excel here and continue on to obtain their four-year college and university degrees. And dual enrollment can improve your college readiness no matter what your grades are today. For the most academically prepared students, the NCC Honors Program offers even more advantages.
Steps to Becoming a Dual Enrollment Student at Northampton Community College
- Complete and sign the attached Dual Enrollment Application. Be sure to have your Parent/Guardian and School Counselor/Principal sign as well.
- Complete and sign the Dual Enrollment Student Release of Information form.
- Complete the NCC Admissions Application (we will waive the $25 fee).
- Submit the above paperwork to your School Counselor, and request a copy of your high school transcript (with SAT/ACT scores if available).
Please note: All documents must be delivered together to 1: Your College Connections Specialist (stationed in Monroe and Northampton County High Schools) or 2: the Student Enrollment Center/Admissions Office on either campus.
Your College Connections Specialist and/or Admissions Counselor will be in touch with you to:
- Review your dual enrollment application;
- Take the NCC English or Math placement test if necessary;
- Schedule classes by completing a Credit Registration Form and explain how to purchase textbooks;
- Explain when tuition is due, and how to submit payment;
- Direct you how to obtain an NCC photo ID.
How do I apply for Dual Enrollment?
- Complete the NCC Admissions Application, and we will waive the $25 application fee.
- Complete and sign the Dual Enrollment application. Be sure to have your Parent/Guardian and School Counselor/Principal sign as well.
- Request a copy of your high school transcript (with SAT/ACT scores if available).
- Submit the above paperwork to your School Counselor, and ask for next steps.
*Depending on your school process, you may be expected to mail/deliver your documents to NCC. Northampton Community College, Admissions, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem PA 18020
What is the cost to take a dual enrollment course?
Dual Enrollment students pay a special reduced rate because they are not charged any fees. The cost varies based off the number of credits a student takes. Most courses are three credits. Tuition rates are as follows:
Northampton County Resident: $100 per credit x 3 credits = $300 a class
Monroe County Resident: $150 per credit x 3 credits = $450 a class
Are there scholarship opportunities?
Yes. There are a limited number of need-based scholarships available in each high school. Students must receive free or reduced lunch to be considered for the scholarship which will cover one class per academic year. Please contact your School Counselor for more information.
How do I register for a class?
- You must complete the application paperwork before you can register. Please be sure to bring all paperwork with you. More details can be found at www.northampton.edu/collegeconnections.
- Complete a Registration Form with your NCC College Connection Specialist during a registration day at your high school. You can sign up in your School Counseling Office
- If your school does not host a registration day, you can also register on-campus at the Enrollment Services Center.
What classes should I take?
There are a variety of courses available every semester both on and off campus, as well as online. The most popular course areas include: English, Psychology, Sociology, and Speech Communications. Some classes have a 3.0 GPA or high school course requirement. Students who do not meet the pre-requisite qualifications can take a placement test. Students can take 1-11 credits per semester.
What are the benefits of dual enrollment?
There are many benefits to Dual Enrollment at NCC. Students will save money by earning college credits in high school and paying a reduced rate. Students will also have the chance to see what college courses are really like and show colleges that they can handle the work. Dual enrollment can reduce the time it takes to earn a college degree, specialized diploma or certificate. The credits earned can be applied to a Northampton Community College program or can be transferred to many different institutions.
- Dual enrollment at NCC gives you the chance to learn what it takes to be successful in college.
- Dual enrollment students get a first-hand look at how college courses compare to high school, and college credits earned transfer to many four year colleges, reducing your college costs.
- Dual enrollment students only pay credit tuition fees, meaning all associated fees outside of the credits you are taking are waived. Click here for full tuition and payment information.
- Dual enrollment at NCC allows you to earn college transferable credits before enrolling in a degree program so you can graduate from college early or on time!
- Dual enrollment can offer a chance for students who may not have taken AP or honors classes to demonstrate a more rigorous course load on their transcripts.
How do I pay my bill?
NCC offers several ways to pay your bill, including a payment plan. For additional information please visit - Methods of Payment.