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Early College Options

The Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit programs provide students with the opportunity to earn college credit while still enrolled in high school.

Dual Enrollment

Students 16 years of age and older can enroll in regularly scheduled college credit division classes at KCC while still enrolled in high school.  

Through this program, students earn college credit before graduating from high school.

To get started, complete KCC's online application. Dual enrollment students must meet the same requirements as all other students in the class.

Dual Credit

Dual credit opportunities are also available at several local high schools. Dual credit allows high school students to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously. Credit awarded toward high school graduation is at the discretion of the student's high school. Contact your guidance counselor about how to earn dual credit.

For more information, contact Kim Harpin at 815-802-8472 or

Benefits of starting college while in high school

Save money

KCC tuition is affordable, and that means education is available for thousands of students. KCC costs about one-fourth the average cost of tuition and fees at Illinois public universities and one-tenth the cost of private universities. 

Save time

Every college class completed during high school will trim the length of time it will take you to earn a college degree after high school graduation.

Help prepare for college

Attending college while still in high school gives you a chance to become accustomed to the demands of college-level courses.

Trim your college course load

Completing just 12 college semester hours before your freshman year of college allows you to take fewer courses each semester once you enroll full-time in college and still graduate in four years. A lighter course load will make it easier to maintain a high GPA in college.

Have a cushion

Sometimes it is necessary to drop a course in college. If you complete some courses at KCC, it will help you maintain your class standing as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior even if you must drop a course. It also may help you avoid summer courses in college, despite a rough semester.

Build an impressive credential for scholarship applications

When applying for college scholarships, students who have successfully completed courses can demonstrate they are serious about earning a college degree and have taken the initiative to get a head start. This could influence a scholarship committee.​​​​