Some LSA high school students will take classes at Richland Community College or Grand Canyon University for Dual Credit. Successful completion of Dual Credit classes taken either on campus or online will receive both LSA high school credit AND college credit simultaneously. Additional fees will apply for the college credit and are paid by the student and their family.
Students interested in taking college level classes for dual credit and/or college credit on or off the LSA campus during regular high school hours they must:
Have high school principal approval
Turn in a Richland Community College Admission Information Form or apply online at GCU.edu
Turn in a Parent/Guardian Approval Form
These forms are included. All dual credit classes will need to fit in your student’s schedule, meet LSA graduation requirements, and still allow them to finish the current classes they are taking. For RCC, LSA students have to be assigned a student ID# prior to taking a placement test. The placement test will be given on campus or at RCC. Please contact
The cost of the class is paid to Richland Community College or GCU.
Since LSA tuition does not cover dual credit tuition and fees, parents must pay all necessary tuition and fees. Students that earn an A in their off campus dual credit course may receive a 50% refund of their Richland tuition fees upon request.
High School students registered as a full time Dual Credit Student (taking at least 12 credit hours per semester) at Richland Community College may enroll as a 50% LSA Student and pay 50% of the LSA Tuition. (No other RCC tuition incentives apply). Student athletes must pay 5/8 tuition in order to be eligible to participate per IHSA guidelines.
Why take dual credit courses?
Explore options - Some students need time to find what they want to pursue. Many students discover Richland to be a great place to take classes, be exposed to many career options, and then transfer on or enter a career and technical education program at RCC.
Transferability - Students transferring from RCC do as well or better than those who begin at a four-year college.
Save money - Classes at Richland and GCU are a fraction of the cost of most four-year colleges and universities. Students get a head start on college and save money.
Save time - A student in a dual credit college course also applies the credit directly to high school graduation at the same time.
High school students must:
Complete the Admission Information form online or download and mail the PDF.
Submit official high school transcript
Submit official ACT scores (if available)
Submit Principal's Approval form
Submit Parent/Guardian Approval form
Assessment Test and Procedures
High school must take the following:
English assessment test (or have an ACT score of at least 19 in both English and Reading)
Math placement test (if required for prerequisite)
Meet course prerequisites, when applicable
Transferring College Courses
Students who plan to attend another college or university (particularly a private or out-of-state school) should check with that school to be sure the college credits earned in this program transfer smoothly.
Students must check with their high school guidance counselor regarding their high school's policy on course withdrawal. The time frame to withdraw from classes at your high school may be tremendously different from Richland/GCU’s policy. High school students' transcripts can reflect a final grade of "F" for a course because they did not comply with their high school's withdrawal policy.
Student's Required Attendance
High school students are required to abide by the College's calendar of classes, which may vary from their home school. High schools often make accommodations for their students to take family vacations, attend special school functions/events/camps. Dual Credit Colleges do not differentiate between high school students and other students; all students need to make the necessary commitment required of their class.
Registration and Textbooks
High school students may register for classes when Richland Community College's Director of Admissions & Recruitment is scheduled at their high school or at Richland Community College's main campus. Tuition is due 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. Textbooks are not included in the tuition amount. For assistance or more information on Dual Credit classes at Richland, students may contact the Admissions & Recruitment Specialist at