Dual Credit Opportunities

Dual credit may be an option for high school students who want to begin taking college courses while they are still in high school. Dual credit courses at Ashland Community and Technical College are offered during the regular school day at all of the high schools in our area. Dual Credit is a college level course of study where a high school student earns both high school and college credit upon successful completion of the course. Dual credit courses are transferrable to other public post-secondary institutions in Kentucky. Students interested in taking dual credit courses must meet the following criteria before they are allowed to participate in this opportunity:

  1. Qualifying entrance examination test scores. (These scores are subject to change. Below are the most recent scores required for admission to entry-level college courses):
    Math: ACT 19 or COMPASS 36 -99 (Algebra section)
    NOTE: Students will receive supplemental instruction during the college algebra course
    Reading: ACT 20 or COMPASS 85-100
    English: ACT 18 or COMPASS 74-100 
  2. Must be a junior or senior 
  3. Recommendation of the high school counselor


There is a cost associated with dual credit courses through ACTC, but it is much lower than regular tuition costs. Students can not only gain college credit, but can gain that credit with less of a financial obligation. Currently, under the statewide memorandum of agreement for dual credit, the tuition/fees for dual credit offerings at ACTC are:

  • 50% of tuition is waived if the class is taught by ACTC faculty member (face to face or online)
  • 100% of tuition is waived if the class is taught by a faculty member from the high school.
  • There is a one-time per-semester fee of $50 per student for courses taught by the high school faculty member. That fee is not applicable to students in dual credit courses in which an ACTC faculty member is teaching the course.

More Information

If you would like more information concerning our dual credit offerings at ACTC, or what your high school can do to offer dual credit opportunities for the students, please contact:

Dr. Keith Brammell, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs at ACTC.
Phone: 606-326-2426
Email: keith.brammell@kctcs.edu