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academics: Dual Enrollment for High School Students

The purpose of this partnership is to provide high school students in the School Districts with the opportunity to earn either (a) high school credit and college credit simultaneously or (b) college credit only in the courses provided by GFC MSU.

Dual Enrollment Terms and Taxonomy:

Dual enrollment is the broad term for various types of opportunities for high school students to take college coursework while they are enrolled in high school.

Dual Enrollment Models for Awarding of Credit

  1. A dual-credit course awards both high school credit and college credit for a college course taken by the high school student. (The decision to award high school credit for the college course rests with the school district, provided that the decision is consistent with applicable laws, policies and administrative rules.)
  2. A college-credit-only course awards college credit, but not high school credit, for a college course taken by the high school student.
    Both dual-credit courses and college-credit-only courses can be delivered in the high school, at the college, online, through interactive video, at alternative sites, and at times beyond the “traditional” school day and year – including summer, evenings, and weekends.

Parents and High School Students - Check with your high school counselor to see if your school has a dual enrollment agreement with Great Falls College MSU.

High School Counselors and Administrators – Are you interested in getting your students enrolled in dual credit/dual enrollment courses, or are you a returning site facilitator getting your students ready to register for next year?  If so, just follow the easy steps listed below.

  1. Obtain information - Contact Dena Wagner-Fossen, Registrar; e-mail:, phone: 406.771.4312.
  2. Sign and return a Dual Enrollment Agreement - Click here to see a sample agreement. Note: Agreements must be signed and returned annually.

    Registration for Fall 2014 is Closed.

    Registration for Spring 2015 opens December 3, 2015.  The last day to register for Spring 2015 is January 9, 2015.   

  3. Refer to the checklist and have each student complete and mail (1) dual credit application, (2) request for enrollment/grade release, (3) appropriate payment to the Admissions Office at:

Great Falls College MSU
2100 16th Ave South
Great Falls, MT 59405
Fax: (406)771-4329