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Earn College Credit Now

KCC offers many options to earn college credit while enrolled in high school. Check out the time-and money-saving opportunities below!

Dual Credit

Dual credit opportunities are 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​

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.

Early College Program

The Early College Program allows students from area high schools to earn both their high school diploma and work toward a college degree by attending KCC full-time during their senior year of high school. ​Ask your high school if it participates in KCC's Early College Program. Selection of program participants is made by each individual high school. Click here​ for more information.

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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​