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Grad : Dual Credit Resources

Already know about dual credit programs but want to know how your AP, IB, or Cambridge test scores will translate to college credit at a particular college or university? Check out our Dual Credit Look-up Tool (currently under construction). Otherwise, read on for an overview of dual credit in Washington. 

Dual-credit programs allow students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Students can earn dual credit by completing college courses (e.g., Running Start, College in the High School, and Tech Prep) or by completing standardized exams (e.g., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge International Program). Students who earn college credit are more likely to graduate high school, enroll in college, and complete college degrees.

 Major Dual-Credit Programs Offered in Washington

Running Start

Running Start allows 11th and 12th-grade students to take college courses at Washington’s community and technical colleges and Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and Northwest Indian College. Running Start courses are regular college courses offered on the college campus. Students pay no tuition; however, they do pay for textbooks, fees, and transportation.

College in the High School

College in the High School (CHS) programs provide college-level academic courses to 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students. Courses are taught at the high school, by high school teachers, with college curriculum, college textbooks, and oversight by college faculty and staff. Students pay tuition. Some state subsidies are available for rural and small schools and low-income students.

Advanced Placement, Cambridge International, and International Baccalaureate Programs

Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge, and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs enable students to take college-level courses, taught by high school teachers, at the high school. Upon completion of the course, students take a standardized exam. Scores from the exams are considered by colleges, and varying levels of credit are awarded. Students do not pay tuition, but do pay fees for the final standardized exams. Fee waivers are available for lower-income students.

Use our Dual Credit Look-Up Tool to determine which colleges grant credit for which exams and scores. 

Tech Prep  

The Tech Prep program helps students transition from high school into postsecondary professional technical programs. Tech Prep is a cooperative effort between K-12 schools, community and technical colleges, and the business community to develop applied, integrated academic and technical programs. Courses are taught by high school teachers, at the high school. Students do not pay tuition.

  • Washington Tech Prep awards dual credit to high school students for career and technical education (CTE) courses articulated to college programs.
  • SBCTC Tech Prep provides occupational pathways for students by preparing them for technologically advanced careers and postsecondary education. The program emphasizes strong academic, technical, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills.

Getting college credit

For information about how your college or university will award college credit earned through a dual-credit program, visit your school's dual credit webpage, linked below.

Public Baccalaureates

Community and Technical Colleges

 Private Colleges, Universities


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