Welcome to USC Lancaster's High
School Dual Enrollment Program
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Dual Enrollment Program
Hubbard Hall 217
fax (803) 313-7106
Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
USC Lancaster offers opportunities for eligible high school
students to earn college credit while taking courses that also
count toward high school graduation requirements.
At USCL the term “Dual Enrollment” refers to courses
offered through USC Lancaster in a cooperative arrangement with
a school district.
Dual enrollment courses have been a feature in South Carolina
high schools since 1972. The purpose of these courses
is to provide an avenue through which highly talented high school
youth can earn college credit while simultaneously meeting high
school graduation requirements by taking courses in the high school
setting that are taught by an approved USC professor. The University
professor designs the course including the syllabus and all major
assessments. The class meets on the regular high school schedule
with the classroom teacher as the facilitator. The University
professor provides instructional time using video lectures, online
delivery, and classroom visits.
In this arrangement, when the student successfully completes
the course, USCL formally posts the earned credit to the student’s
college transcript, and the high school posts the earned credit
to the student’s high school transcript.
If you or your students are interested in the dual enrollment
program provided through USC Lancaster, please contact your school
guidance counselor to discuss the possibility of USCL courses being
provide at your high school.
For additional information, please feel free to contact
Danelle Faulkenberry at USC Lancaster.
Important Information for Students
Regarding Dual Enrollment Courses Offered by Any University
of South Carolina Campus, from the USC Provost
IMPORTANT FORMS AND INFORMATION
You must complete an online application that admits you as a
non-degree seeking student. Formal application must be made for
acceptance as a degree seeking student. There is a $10 fee for
STUDENT REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION
You must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and be a junior
or senior to participate in a dual credit course.
CITIZENSHIP STATUS VERIFICATION
South Carolina law states that to attend a public university in
the state, a student must be a citizen or national of the United
States or an alien lawfully present in the United States. You
are required to furnish proof of citizenship by filling out a
brief citizenship status verification
form and submitting a copy
of your SC driver’s license or certified birth certificate.
TUITION AND FEES
The University of South Carolina offers dual enrollment courses to
high school students at a considerable savings compared to the
cost of the same course taken on a university campus. Please contact
your school counselor for current tuition rates. Check out the
information on Lottery Tuition Assistance to see if you qualify
for funds to offset the cost of tuition. Textbook for each course
is also required.
LOTTERY TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Lottery Tuition Assistance funds are available for dually enrolled
high school students who meet the following requirements:
1. S. C. resident for at least 12 months
2. U. S. citizen or legal permanent resident that is an eligible
3. Enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours of college level courses
from the same institution
4. If male and 18 years or older, must be registered with Selective
Accepting Lottery Tuition Assistance does not start the clock
on the LIFE scholarship or reduce the number of semesters of student
eligibility. The Lottery Tuition Assistance amount is subject to
change each semester. Lottery Tuition Assistance does not pay for
If you decide to enroll in a course for dual credit, please be aware of the following facts:
- You are establishing a permanent college transcript so your success is very important.
- Dual enrollment courses do count toward the GPA and hours earned as part of a student’s first year in college which can affect eligibility for financial aid programs in the second year of college.
- Students are responsible for maintaining the academic standards of the University of South Carolina as stated in the USCL Student Handbook.
DROPPING A COURSE
You must follow certain procedures and be aware of your high school’s
deadline for schedule adjustment when dropping a course. If you
would like to drop a course, check with your teacher to find out
the last date to drop without a WF (withdrew failing) appearing
on your USCL transcript.
Simply changing your class schedule at the high school does not
drop you from the official class roll. Notify your guidance counselor
that you wish to drop the course. Your school counselor must then
complete a withdrawal form and send this form to the Director of
Off Campus Programs. Failure to follow these procedures may result
in an “F” being placed on your permanent University
TRANSFER OF COLLEGE CREDITS
At the end of the course, credit earned by satisfactory completion
of dual enrollment courses (usually an earned grade of “C” or
higher) will transfer to public South Carolina institutions, provided
that the course is included on the List of Transferable Courses
in the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Policy.
If the course
is not included on the above list, you are responsible for contacting
the higher education institution to see if the course credit will
If you plan on attending a private institution in South Carolina
or any public or private institutions outside of South Carolina,
you are responsible for contacting the institution and obtaining
written assurance that the dual enrollment course credit will apply
toward your degree requirements.
At the end of the course, you can check your grade and request a
transcript online. To request credit transfer to schools other
than USC, a student must have an official transcript sent to that
school’s records office. If you are applying to more than
one school, you can request an official transcript be sent to each
High School Dual Enrollment courses follow the standard attendance
policy as stated in the USCL Academic Bulletin. Absence from more
than 10 percent of the scheduled class sessions whether excused
or unexcused is excessive and may result in a grade penalty.
Tests must be taken on the assigned dates. Makeup tests are only
permitted in extreme cases.
CONFIDENTIALITY OF STUDENT RECORDS
In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA) of l974, USCL students have the right to review, inspect,
and challenge the accuracy of information kept in a cumulative
file by the institution unless the student waives this right.
It also ensures that records cannot be released in other than
emergency situations without the written consent of the student.
For more information on FERPA policy, see the USCL Student
Handbook at the above referenced web page.
The University of South Carolina does not discriminate
in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified
persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The University
of South Carolina has designated as the ADA Title II, Section 504
and Title IX coordinator the Executive Assistant to the President
for Equal Opportunity Programs. The Office
of the Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity
Programs is located at 1600 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC; telephone
OFF CAMPUS ACCESS TO MEDFORD LIBRARY ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
Access to Medford Library’s Electronic Resources is available from off-campus to currently enrolled students using EZProxy access. You must use the database links located on Medford Library’s homepage or the Electronic Resources page. How to Use EZ Proxy Access:
- Choose an electronic resource from the linkslocated on Medford Library’s homepage or the Electronic Resources page.
- Log in using your USC network username and password. (This
is the same username and password combination you use to access
Blackboard and USC E-mail.)