Frequently Asked Questions

College Credit in High School (CCIHS)

 

Get ahead in your education by earning college credit in high school through UW-Green Bay!

Whether you are currently enrolled or looking to learn more, we have provided some information about the College Credit in High School (CCIHS) program and how you may benefit by taking a course that allows you to earn college credit in high school. It’s not too early to begin thinking about your high school coursework and where it might lead you in the future!

Thank you for your interest! If you have a question that we haven’t answered here, please contact our office at ccihs@uwgb.edu.

What are the benefits of taking a course in high school for college credit?
Who can participate?
How much does it cost to take a college course?
Is there financial aid or scholarships available to pay for the course?
What courses are offered to earn college credit?
What’s a syllabus?
What is it like to take a college course?
How does earning college credit in high school program compare to Advanced Placement (AP)?
What if I want to take a course for college credit but I may want to attend a school other than UW-Green Bay?
Okay. I’m interested. Now what do I do?
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What are the benefits of taking a course in high school for college credit?
 There are quite a few benefits to completing a course that you take in high school for college credit. By taking a course and earning college credit you can get a head start on your college career by…
  • Transferring your earned credit to another college or university (see additional information at Transfer My Credits).
  • Saving money on t uition.
  • Experiencing the rigor of, and develop skills for college success.
  • Gaining a competitive advantage over other college/university applicants which may even allow you to register for courses earlier than your peers or help you get the courses you need sooner.
  • Providing academic flexibility to study abroad, pursue additional academic subjects or graduate early.
But don’t just take it from us -- we asked students who took a credit course in high school. You can read them here.

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Who can participate?
Most often, high school juniors and seniors participate in the College Credit in High School program. UW-Green Bay works with your high school to determine eligibility. Examples of eligibility may include but are not limited to:
  • Having a qualified grade point average (GPA).
  • Passing a proficiency exam within the content area you’re interested in (for example, a world language such as Spanish).
  • Successfully completing required coursework so that you’re able to take this one (these are referred to prerequisite courses).
  • Demonstrating exceptional talent in the content area.
  • Submitting validation from a high school faculty member that the student is qualified to take on college coursework.
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How much does it cost to take a college course?
The partnership between the high school and UW-Green Bay allows us to reduce tuition to $100 per credit, which is less than regular, on-campus, tuition. Most courses offered are three (3) credit courses, so the cost of one course would be $300.

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Is there financial aid or scholarships available to pay for the course? 
UW-Green Bay does not offer scholarships for college credit in high school courses. To apply and pay for the course with any financial aid award would then lessen the award amount when you really need it when you start college.

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What courses are offered to earn college credit?
The courses available to students to earn college credit vary by high school. Check out the list of courses currently offered at participating high schools. You will also be able to look at the current syllabus to get an idea of the course requirements and expectations.

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What’s a syllabus?
A syllabus is a document, provided by your instructor, that will outline the course so there are clear expectations of what you need to do to successfully complete the course. This could include, but is not limited to, defining text books required, assignment/exam dates, penalties for late work,  grading policy, etc.

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What is it like to take a college course?
The course content and work load for a class taken through the CCIHS program is very much like a course taken on campus at a college or university. You can expect to learn under the same expectations as on-campus students. The final grade you earn will be on your college transcript and become part of your permanent college record.

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How does earning college credit in high school program compare to Advanced Placement (AP)?
 CCIHS courses:
  • Provide an opportunity for academically qualified high school student to pursue advanced subjects that are sometimes available only at the college level.
  • Must meet the standards for instruction, content, student work expectations and evaluation that align with the UW-Green Bay on-campus degree program.
  • Have instructors who have a direct connection to UW-Green Bay academic departments and education resources.
  • UW-Green Bay credit is automatically earned upon successful completion of the coursework.
  • Credit earned in a high school course can then transfer to a college, university or technical school. (Check out additional information on the Transfer My Credits page.)
AP courses:
  • Consist of college-level courses and examinations that may that the form of an honors class taught by a teacher following an Advanced Placement outline.
  • Require a full year to complete, primarily because all exams are schedule each May.
  • Offer students an opportunity to earn academic credit only by successfully passing the final scheduled exam with an exam score of 3 or higher. The cost to take a test is approximately $90.
  • Credit earned with a 3 or higher can then transfer to a college, university or technical school.
Note: The decision to accept or deny the course transfers lies with that university or college and may depend on the content and level of the course, the student’s achievement, or the appropriateness of the course to your college program. If you plan to attend a private or school outside of Wisconsin, you’ll want to contact an advisor at that school to learn how your credits will transfer.

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What if I want to take a course for college credit but I may want to attend a college other than UW-Green Bay?
The credits you earn in the course taken through UW-Green Bay will pretty much transfer to any college, university or technical school. Based upon the course you take, you can start looking at how the UW-Green Bay college credits you earn in high school can transfer to other University of Wisconsin schools. If you have the course number and name, check out the University of Wisconsin – System Transfer website (https://www.wisconsin.edu/transfer) to learn how your earned credits will transfer.

Note: The decision to accept or deny the course transfers lies with that university or college and may depend on the content and level of the course, the student’s achievement, or the appropriateness of the course to your college program. If you plan to attend a private or school outside of Wisconsin, you’ll want to contact an advisor at that school to learn how your credits will transfer.

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Okay. I’m interested. Now what do I do?
You will want to put in the effort to do well in your courses and engage in conversation with your teacher or high school counselor to help you work out and follow an academic plan that will allow you to take courses in your junior/senior year of high school.

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