Students have to meet a few requirements to enroll in dual credit at KCTCS. Some of the requirements are set by the state, while others fall under KCTCS policies.
Kentucky’s dual credit policy requires dual credit students to:
- Be enrolled in a participating secondary school. Exceptions may be considered if you are recommended by the school faculty and approved by the college’s chief academic officer. Colleges may also provide dual credit to eligible students in private secondary schools and home school settings.
- Meet the college’s dual credit requirements for admission.
- Be admitted to the participating college as a dual credit student.
- Meet the requirements for placement into college credit-bearing courses or courses in programs of study that align to a career pathway.
- Complete the college’s application for admission and a dual credit form.
To participate in dual credit courses at KCTCS, you will need to:
- Complete the application for admission.
- Meet KCTCS Assessment & Placement requirements for dual credit high school students (see below for more information).
- Fulfill the prerequisites for your courses.
- Be admitted to the college.
- Enroll in one or more eligible dual credit courses.
Assessment & Placement
Students must meet KCTCS Dual Credit Assessment & Placement requirements before you can enroll in one or more dual credit courses. The requirements vary depending on whether you’re taking general education or technical classes.
Given the inability to assess/test students due to the COVID-19 virus, the KCTCS colleges have agreed to waive the Dual Credit Placement policy for the 20-21 school year. Students may be admitted and placed into general education courses with a high school GPA per the table below. Course prerequisites listed in the KCTCS catalog remain in place and can also be met using the GPA indicators. If a student has both recognized test scores and a GPA, they may be placed at the highest level demonstrated by either scores or GPA. High school freshman without a GPA may be admitted to one dual credit course with a high school guidance counselor’s recommendation in their first term of dual credit until they earn a GPA.
Course/s: GPA: ACT:
Technical Courses 2.0 16
General Education Courses with no placement 2.5 N/A
College Ready in Reading 2.6 20
College Ready in English 2.8 18
College Ready for most Math* 2.8 19
College Ready for College Algebra (MAT 150) 3.0 22
*MAT 105, 116, 126, 141, 146, 151 and 150/100 corequisite
Dual Credit Assessment & Placement Policy
To help maximize high school student success in dual credit courses and subsequent college/university coursework upon high school graduation, and to maintain the integrity of college-level coursework, this policy has been developed to assess and place 9th through 12th grade high school students in dual credit classes. All KCTCS Colleges will follow these guidelines as written, which align closely with the CPE Admissions and Placement Regulation and align with but do not completely match the general provisions of the KCTCS Assessment and Placement Policy. Limited admissions programs such as Early or Middle College programs will follow those program admission requirements.
As per KHEAA policy, the Dual Credit and Work Ready Kentucky Scholarships may not be used for a course which previously received a scholarship. So, if a student earned an E, F, I or W, they may not use either scholarship to repeat the course. Note that KHEAA success policy is different from KCTCS dual credit course success practices as shown below.
Requirements for enrollment into General Education Dual Credit Courses
- Students must meet:
- KCTCS’s college readiness benchmarks for English AND Reading for enrollment into all non-QR/Math courses;
- OR Mathematics (at least Meta-Major Pathway benchmarks) for enrollment into all QR/Math courses;
- AND any course-specific requirements noted in the KCTCS course catalog as appropriate to the desired coursework.
- Exception: Dual credit students in the 12th grade who assess/place into an English,
Math or Reading course with a supplemental course may enroll in that option if offered
by their KCTCS College. The supplemental course would be paid at full tuition cost
by the student (pending notification by CPE of any changes).
- Students must have a high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0
- Exception: First semester 9th grade students who do not have a high school GPA may
enroll in one general education course if they meet KCTCS college readiness benchmarks
as appropriate for their coursework. This requires benchmarks:
- In English AND Reading for enrollment into all non-QR/Math courses;
- OR the appropriate Mathematics benchmark for enrollment into all QR/Math courses based
on the course admission requested;
AND any course-specific requirements noted in the KCTCS course catalog as appropriate to the desired coursework.
- Exception: First semester 9th grade students who do not have a high school GPA may enroll in one general education course if they meet KCTCS college readiness benchmarks as appropriate for their coursework. This requires benchmarks:
- Any dual credit student withdrawing from two or more courses in a session or semester must meet with the College Chief Academic Officer or designee before enrolling for any subsequent session or semester.
Technical Education Course Requirements
- Students must meet:
- An ACT Composite Score of 16;
- OR ACT Mathematics 16 AND ACT Reading 16;
- OR any accepted equivalent from the KCTCS Assessment and Placement Policy;
- OR a high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5;
- AND any course-specific requirements noted in the KCTCS course catalog.
- Dual credit students (not including Early or Middle College students) who do not successfully
complete a dual credit course with a C or higher:
- If enrolled in 9th or 10th grade, the student may repeat that course or take another dual credit course. The student may only register for one dual credit class the returning semester, and, if applicable, the accompanying corequisite lab. Please note a KHEAA scholarship may not be used to retake a course for which a scholarship has already been utilized.
- If enrolled in 11th or 12th grade, the student may repeat that course, and, if applicable,
the accompanying lab AND/OR take other dual credit courses. Please note a KHEAA scholarship
may not be used to retake a course for which a scholarship has already been utilized.
 Students with a D, E, F, or I are considered unsuccessful completers for KCTCS dual credit coursework. Most courses will not transfer or count as a course pre-requisite unless the grade earned is a C or higher.
Approved Placement Tests:
- ALEKS PPL
Visit the full KCTCS Assessment & Placement Policy to view placement levels in Section 3.3 for common assessments. Note: individual colleges may accept additional assessments for placement.