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What is Dual Credit?

Dual Credit is a program that allows high school students to enroll in college classes, and earn credit toward high school graduation and a college degree.

There are several different dual credit programs in Hawaiʻi that academically qualified high school students can participate in.  The two most common dual credit programs are Early College and Running Start.  The comparison chart below outlines some of the big differences between the two programs.

Dual Credit Opportunities

Early College Running Start
Do I earn dual credit? Yes Yes
Where do I take my class(es)? High School Campus College campus
Who teaches my class(es)? College professor or qualified HS teacher College professor
Who’s in the classroom with me? Other high school students Other college students (with a variety of ages and experiences)
Who pays for the class(es)? Varies:

Student, High School, or a Scholarship

Varies:

Student, High School, or a Scholarship

What courses are offered? High school determines course offerings (check with your high school counselor) Listed on the UH Catalog
Learn More about Early College Learn More about Running Start