Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the differences between the Early College Program (ECP) and other alternative credit opportunities, such as AP, CLEP, IB, and Tech Prep?
Idaho State University's Early College Program offers classes to high school students for both high school and college credit also reffered to as dual credit courses. Students participating in dual credit course receive college credit for specific courses offered at their high school. Students may also take classes on an ISU campus. Dual credit provides the student with an Idaho State University transcript with an actual letter grade for the course based on work completed during the duration of the class. Students can request that their transcript be sent to the college or university of their choice. It is recommended that students contact the college/university of their choice to discuss transferability.
Can I enroll in a Dual Credit course and also take the AP test exam?
Yes. Once the course is completed, students are to request that their ISU transcript be sent to whatever school or schools they are interested in attending (other than ISU). The ISU course will already be on your ISU transcript if you attend here.
The student who chooses to take the AP exam as well should have their scores sent to those same schools for review. Coursework with letter grades takes precedence over passing AP scores for the same course. You do not end up with double the credit hours: If your U.S. history course is worth 3 credits and you earn a 3 on an AP exam (also worth 3 credits), the total posted is three credit hours. If your AP score is higher than the minimum, you may possibly earn additional credit hours. Different institutions of higher education may have differing policies about minimum scores required, etc.
Do any ECP courses complete General Education Requirements or Objectives?
Yes. Several courses offered on high school campuses satisfy ISU General Education Objectives. Objective courses are marked with an asterisk (*) in the Participating Schools list. For a full list of ISU General Education Objectives, click here, or visit ISU Central Academic Advising's website.
What is ISU's accreditation information?
Idaho State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The University is accredited or approved for specific programs by a number of organizations. Please refer to the current catalog for a list of the various commissions and associations.
What is my status at ISU when I register for dual credit?
You are an officially registered, non-degree-seeking Early College student of Idaho State University when you are enrolled in a dual credit course. You are subject to ISU regulations including those for plagiarism, academic honesty, code of conduct, registration, tuition payment and withdrawal deadlines. To become a degree-seeking student, you must apply for undergraduate admission, preferably before February 15 of your senior year. Applicants must pay the application fee; submit official high school transcripts and your ACT or SAT scores by February 15 to be considered for freshman scholarships. When you attend college after high school graduation, you will be a First-Time Freshman. Dual credits do not make you a transfer student.
Am I eligible for federal financial grants or loans as an Early College student?
Dual credit students do not qualify for financial aid because the federal government requires students to have received a high school diploma or its equivalent to be eligible for federal grants or loans.
Can I get a loan to pay for my College Credits?
If your tuition bill exceeds $300 for the term, you may request payment on an Installment Plan which replaces the Fee Loan program. This option is available only for the term in which you are enrolling, and only if you have paid all outstanding fees from previous terms.
The plan allows you to pay your bill in 3 or 4 payments (depending how early you enroll). There is a $30 enrollment fee, and a 25% down payment is required when you sign up. The entire bill must be paid by November 1st for the fall semester and April 1st for the spring semester.
May I register late?
No, students must register by the appropriate deadline for the their courses.
What if I change my mind after registering for Dual Credit Courses?
If you decide not to take a class for ISU credit you will need to drop it inBengalWeb before the payment deadline. You will be obligated to pay the tuition if you do not drop the class by the deadline. If you register and pay for a course and choose to withdraw after the payment deadline, you must log onto BengalWeb and withdraw by the posted date. Deadlines are strictly enforced and high school and collegiate registrations are separate.
NOTE: Failure to withdraw through BengalWeb will mean you remain registered at the university for the course; should you not complete the course, a failing grade will be posted to your permanent college transcript. You will still be responsible for paying the cost of the course.
Can I get a refund?
No refunds are given for reduced-fee registration.
What if I am unable to finish a class?
To withdraw from an ECP course, you MUST logon to BengalWeb and withdraw from the class by the deadline. Please follow the directions for a withdrawal on the web registration site. You will be dropped from the course and a "W" (withdraw) will be posted to your ISU transcript. A "W" does not count toward your GPA. There is no tuition refund for withdrawn courses.
What if I transfer out of my high school class?
If you transfer out of the high school class where you have registered for college credit, your withdrawal is not automatic. You need to contact the Early College Program office to initial your withdrawal. Your name will be on the ISU grade sheet and your final grade will reflect how many of the course objectives you had met when you left the class. After the regular withdrawal deadline is passed, the only option is to submit a petition for the late withdrawal. We cannot guarantee that a late withdrawal petition will be approved by the Department Chair and Dean. Having earned a low grade to date is not a justifiable reason for having a late W petition approved. Reminder: Withdrawals and low grades may impact your eligibility for financial aid when you enter college full-time.
If I am taking dual credit through another college or university or taking an AP class at a high school not served by ISU and I move to a high school served by Idaho State, can I register late and earn credit for the course?
No, a student cannot transfer from a non-ISU dual credit course to an ISU dual credit course during the same term. Too many differences in a course syllabus are bound to exist. If a student starts in an AP course and transfers to a dual credit course offered through ISU and tied to an AP course, the student will need to plan on taking the AP exam rather than switching from the AP option to dual credit.
Is my student information private?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) grants privacy rights to any student enrolled in a college-level course even if they are not yet eighteen years old. Please refer to the Student Rights and Privacy link on the Early College Program website under Current Students. ISU shall obtain written consent from students before disclosing any non-directory information from their educational records. The list of directory information can be found in the FERPA link. Students wishing to restrict release of that information should submit a Non-Disclosure Declaration.
What about Grades?
Students who register for dual credit courses receive both high school and college credit for each course. The instructor will complete grades for the high school and college transcripts. The ISU grading system consist of the following options: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D- or F. Other options are I for incomplete (converts automatically to an F after one year if a grade change is not submitted) and W (Withdrawal). Visit MyISU in the Current Student section at www.isu.edu to check grades. Any questions about final grades should be resolved as soon as possible. Check with the instructor to answer your questions. Due to departmental grading scale guidelines, your high school and college grade for a course may be different.
What is meant by a credit hour?
Colleges and universities measure academic work by the credit hour. Credits are also referred to as semester credits or semester hours. One credit is defined to require fifty minutes in a class weekly for one semester. Credits for college courses will range from one to five hours. Your college education will include a certain number of general education (goal, core, etc) credit hours, along with elective hours and a sufficient number of required courses for the major you eventually choose. At ISU, bachelor degree plans consist of a minimum of 128 credit hours of coursework. ISU offers mainly general education (goal courses) for dual credit along with limited elective credits in high schools.
If I want to attend ISU on a fulltime, degree-seeking basis after high school graduation, what do I need to do?
You will need to make sure all admissions items including the application for admission, application fee, official high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores are submitted to the ISU Office of Admissions. Go to apply.isu.edu to submit your application on-line. Please submit all information and your application fee by FEBRUARY 15 of your senior year if you wish to be considered for academic scholarships. Mailing address: ISU Admissions, 921 S 8th Avenue, Stop 8270, Pocatello ID 83209-8270
How do I arrange a campus tour?
We invite prospective students to visit the campus and have a student ambassador show you around, meet with faculty, and participate in other activities. Please call Recruitment Services at (208) 282-2122 or submit a request at www.isu.edu/enroll/visitisu.shtml.
Will dual credits earned be accepted at other universities and colleges?
Credits are transferable to Idaho colleges and universities and most other institutions outside the state. A limited number of institutions do not accept college credits earned on a high school campus or classes taken for both high school and college credit. Students are responsible for checking with an admissions counselor at a college where they plan to enroll after high school graduation to see if their dual credits will be accepted. We recommend that you retain the syllabus for the course, include the course description (available on the web site at www.isu.edu) and save major class assignments if you have to meet with someone at your intended college or university concerning their decision.
How do I obtain transcripts to send to another college or university?
Once you know your grades have been recorded, go to transcripts.isu.edu and follow the instructions. Official transcripts cost $5 each. You may print an unofficial transcript or check your grades by logging onto BengalWeb with your username and password. Select registration history then academic transcript. Once a student registers for a college class, it is a requirement that their transcript be sent to any potential college destinations, even if the only grade is a withdrawal.