High School Counselors and Administrators
OTC Dual Credit is the most inexpensive option in the area and transfers well to other colleges! Explore the information below and within the right-hand menu to learn more about why so many schools choose to partner with OTC Dual Credit!
Dual Credit Benefits
The benefits to students who take dual credit courses are numerous:
- Dual credit provides students with a head start on a college degree.
- Cost savings for students and their families can be substantial.
- Students who participate in dual credit experience a smoother transition to college.
- Dual credit students are more likely to complete a college degree and have higher college GPAs.
Schools and teachers also benefit when students enroll in dual credit classes. For seated classes at the high school, OTC remunerates a portion of dual credit tuition back to participating schools and approved dual credit instructors gain experience teaching college curriculum.
Dual Credit Format Options
OTC Dual Credit offers two learning formats: seated and online.
Seated courses mean in-person instruction. Many area high schools offer in-person, seated dual credit classes at the high school. The in-person, seated option refers to students receiving instruction in person, from an approved high school instructor, at their high school.
Online courses mean remote instruction. Many area high schools also offer the option for online courses. The remote, online option refers to coursework provided entirely online, with an OTC instructor, in a computer lab at the high school, with a high school employee as the proctor. For more information about the online option, visit the Important Online Dual Credit Information and see the list of select, online course options within the dual credit admission steps and checklist.
The partnering high school can determine which format option is provided to students at their high school. See more information about these options within this page, the right-hand side menu, and within the FAQ – Online v. Seated, Costs.
Expectations and Policies
Students enrolled in dual credit are college students. The expectations outlined below assist students with how to navigate college before high school graduation!
In college, FERPA states educational rights are limited solely to the student, no matter the student’s age. Meaning, we cannot disclose student information to parents, even when students are minors. Students are encouraged to contact OTC directly.
Therefore, OTC expects dual credit students to act like college students, perform at the college level, and be responsible for their own education. The college-level expectations include regular attendance, active class participation, meeting class objectives and deadlines, and seeking academic help through the resources like the tutoring center. Additionally, students are encouraged to use and respond to their myOTC portal email, especially to contact their course instructor directly when a concern or questions relevant to class arises.
Students in online dual credit class(es) participate in coursework with other post-secondary college students. Students who are unable to actively participate in online class(es), are withdrawn from class(es) for non-participation. Online dual credit students follow OTC’s Academic Calendar; meaning, when a student’s high school is not in session, OTC assignments are still due before the deadline. For more information, visit the important online dual credit link.
Accreditation and Credits
OTC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. OTC participates in the CORE 42 Transfer Guarantee program. Most courses offered through OTC Dual Credit transfer to other public institutions in the state. The few courses that are not CORE 42, are noted in the class list within the admission steps. Math courses with a CORE 42 prerequisite (MTH 131 & MTH 140) will satisfy the math general education credit portion of CORE 42, but may not directly transfer to all four-year universities like other CORE 42 courses. Non-CORE 42 courses still have transfer agreements with other colleges and universities. Students are responsible for consulting with other college institutions about transfer policies. For more about these topics, visit documents and links.
Tuition and Payment
Remember, OTC Dual Credit is the most inexpensive option in the area and credits transfer well to other colleges!
Tuition for OTC Dual Credit is $35 per credit hour. If a student enrolls in an online class, an added $65 per online class fee occurs.
Most course offerings are 3 credits. Meaning, most seated courses at the high school cost $105 and most online courses with remote instruction cost $170. Some courses with more credits will cost more than the three credit hour course examples provided.
The school district determines if billing is applied to student accounts or the school district is invoiced for the cost of tuition and fees.
For the seated dual credit option only, OTC remunerates $25 per credit hour back to the partnering school district for each student successfully completing their course. Essentially, while OTC charges the least in the area for tuition and fees at $35 a credit hour, we give the maximum back to high school partners at $25 a credit hour.
For seated courses, with an approved high school instructor, the course materials used at high schools are either the same as those course materials used on campus or those deemed equivalent by the course department chair. High school personnel are responsible for obtaining special permission from course department chair for use of other materials than those required of students on campus. The department chair can provide one copy of the on-campus course material to the approved high school instructor. Otherwise, depending on the course materials format, schools can determine if students will receive access to an individual copy of the course materials (recommended) or if students will have access to a classroom set of the course material.
For online courses, with an OTC instructor, students can find course materials information within the enrolled student’s myOTC account after enrollment or in the course syllabus just before school begins. Students may search for course materials information through the OTC Bookstore, at any time. Learn more about OTC’s AutoAccess program, for any courses with “AutoAccess” listed.
No matter the course learning format, high schools determine if course materials are provided to students or if the school will cover course materials costs.
How to Partner
While enrollment in OTC Dual Credit grows each semester for the last several years, we are still accepting new school partners! Remember, OTC Dual Credit costs the least, gives the most back to school districts in remuneration, and OTC credits transfer just as well if not better than our competitors! Any school located with the OTC Service Area can participate in OTC Dual Credit. Follow the steps below to partner with OTC Dual Credit. Please follow the steps in sequence. The required steps are listed in bold below.
First, review the information provided on this page and within the right-hand menu to learn more about OTC Dual Credit!
Second, determine the type of dual credit to offer at your school: seated with a high school instructor, online with an OTC instructor, or both. (See more about class types by expanding the Learning Format Options section.) For the seated option, prospective instructors should complete the process outlined in the Dual Credit Instructor page before moving forward.
Third, obtain a principal signature on the Dual Credit Agreement and scan and email to email@example.com Let us know which type of dual credit is requested in the communication. Afterward, we will provide the relevant OTC Dual Credit letter(s) for marketing to students and parents and as a helpful resource to school personnel throughout the upcoming semester.
Fourth, if the school partner wishes to cover the cost of classes and/or course materials, then the school must also obtain a principal signature on the Financial Agreement. The Financial Agreement is optional; not returning the Financial Agreement will result in billing applied to student account only.
We hope to partner with you! If questions exist after review of the information provided, then please us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Enroll – Add and Drop Classes
After a signed partnership agreement is provided (see How to Partner section), then students can proceed with the steps below.
Students enroll in class(es) through the dual credit admission checklist. Please ensure information provided is clear and accurate.
We hope students are successful; However, if a student is considering dropping, we highly recommend the review of the drop deadline and refund schedule sites, and a discussion with the high school regarding how college disenrollment impacts high school credits and graduation. If it is decided that dropping class(es) is best, complete the fillable registration form provided in section four with “drop” in the first column and only include the class(es) to drop. Then, either scan or take a clear picture and email the form to email@example.com.
Documents & Resources
- FAQ – Online v. Seated, Costs
- Financial Agreement – For High Schools to Request Billing from OTC for Tuition and Fees, and/or Course Materials
- Higher Learning Commission Dual Credit Guidelines
- Instructor Requirements and Application Process
- Missouri Department of Higher Education Dual Credit Policy
- Student Admission & Enrollment Checklist
- Student Eligibility Guidelines
- Online Dual Credit – Class List
- Online Dual Credit – Important Information
- Partnership Agreement – For High Schools to Partner with OTC Dual Credit
For more information, see Dual Credit Documents and Links.