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Parent/Student Information

Prospective Students

Is the Triton College Dual Credit program the right fit for your child? To succeed in this program, your child should have excellent study skills, self-discipline, and motivation. They’ll also need the maturity and initiative to attend class and participate at the same level as regular college students.

So what are the benefits? Your student will:
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Experience what college is like, which can help make the transition from high school to college easier as well as provide information for future educational decisions
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Partake in a college atmosphere that may help your child excel in learning

Please remember to talk to your student’s high school teachers and counselors about whether dual credit is a good match for your son or daughter. Remember that as a dual credit student, your son or daughter is considered a college student and must accept responsibility for his or her education as the academic outcomes will be a part of their official college record and transcript. It is important to consider the maturity level of your student; some students who maybe academically ready may be overwhelmed by the independence and the rate of college classes.

Consider this…

Academics
   • Triton College offers many challenging classes, all taught at a faster pace than high school classes
   • Triton College classes typically cover as much material in one semester as most high school classes cover in one year
   • Often, classes require up to two hours of out-of-class study, per course credit, per week
   • All Dual Credit grades become part of your permanent college transcript
   • Your child is also responsible for completing all high school graduation requirements

Generally, the college credits your child earns will transfer to all other Illinois public colleges and universities, according to the guidelines of those institutions. To be sure the courses you take will transfer, work with your advisor at Triton and the next institution you plan to attend.

Finances
Taking classes on the High School Campus can save hundreds of dollars in tuition and books! However, for classes taken on the Triton College Campus you may be responsible for the cost of books, supplies, non-course related fees, and transportation to and from college. Fees are subject to change and financial aid is not available for dual credit students. Contact your high school counselor for more information.

Extracurricular Activities
The Triton College Dual Credit program can create a new and open experience in your child's academic, social, and personal life while they continue to participate in high school sports, clubs, or other extracurricular activities. Be aware that the student will undoubtedly miss some of the high school experience due to the additional commitment added to take college courses.

College Expectations
Upon enrollment in Dual Credit, your child will be considered a college student. Your child is expected to conduct themselves as a responsible adult. This includes, but is not limited to, attending class, seeking academic help, and addressing any problems they may have directly with their instructors.

Triton College is required by law to inform students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which involves keeping student records confidential. Without a student’s written permission, Triton WILL NOT share student records with anyone but the student and appropriate college and high school representatives. Students who wish to share information with their parents must complete the FERPA Release Form.

How do I qualify for the program?

In order to qualify to enroll in the Dual Credit program, you will need to follow the steps outlined here for courses being taught at your high school campus OR here for courses being taught at Triton's campus. More information can also be found at our FAQ page.

Current Students

How do I access my Triton student account? How do I gain access to my online course?

All students when qualified are issued a MyPortal account where they will be able to access their student email, information about grades, finances, and courses. Blackboard is where students will be able to locate specific course information and syllabi for courses they are enrolled in as well as access to online only courses. Please follow the directions here in order to login to your account.

So how can I transfer my college credits from the Dual Credit program once I complete high school? 

The college credits you receive from Dual Credit are separate from the high school credits you earn from it. So in order for your college credits to transfer to your school of choice, you will need to request your official Triton transcript to be sent to that institution and not just your high school transcript. Please contact the Transcripts Office for requests and information.