Affordable Dual Enrollment: Trine University

Each Sunday, I’m picking out an affordable dual enrollment program to highlight and share a bit about. To make the cut, a program must be open to students from any state, available online, and charge less than $100 per credit. Today’s program is called Trine University Dual Enrollment and it comes in at just $50 per credit!

Trine University (Indiana)

$50 per credit hour

Total cost of a course is calculated as $50 per each credit hour. If the course is 3 credit hours, the total cost of that course is $150.

Trine University (Indiana)
Private 4-year university
Program Name: Dual Enrollment
Cost: $50 per credit, 3.0 GPA required, high school transcript required, for 11th and 12th grades only.

What’s unique? Besides the price, this college has a HUGE course catalog of >500 online classes and that includes many upper level (300-400) courses. It is rare when a college allows high school students to access upper level courses, so this is a special find!

Something special for AFTER high school: Indiana state-wide articulation agreement guarantees “core” courses to transfer to other Indiana colleges. This agreement is called TransferIN

For more information about this program, visit the university’s website

Course List / Look-up

Students DO NOT have to choose from this list, but this list is their “recommended high school dual enrollment list” of courses that will fill a general education core for every major at their university.

Business (3 credit hours) – examples:

  • BA 113 – Business Applications (3 credit hours)
  • BA 123 – Business Concepts ( 3 credit hours)

Mathematics (3 or 4 credit hours) – examples:

  • MA 113 – College Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • MA 123 – Trigonometry (3 credit hours)
  • MA 124 – Pre Calculus (4 credit hours)
  • MA 134 – Calculus (4 credit hours)

Science (4 credit hours) – examples:

  • BIO 104 – General Biology (4 credit hours)
  • CH 104 – General Chemistry (4 credit hours)

Social Sciences (3 credit hours) – examples:

  • ECO 213 – Principles of Microeconomics (3 credit hours)
  • POLS 113 – Introduction to Government (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 103 – American History I (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 113 – American History II (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 203 – World Civilization I (3 credit hours)
  • HIS 213 – World Civilization II (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 113 – Principles of Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • SOC 103 – Principles of Sociology (3 credit hours)

Humanities Courses (2 or 3 credit hours) – examples:

  • ART 253 – Art Appreciation (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 143 – College Composition (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 153 – Introduction to Literature (3 credit hours)
  • MUS 272 – Music Appreciation (2 credit hours)
  • SP 203 – Effective Speaking (3 credit hours)

Upper Level Options

The first 2 years of a college degree are usually numbered 100-200 level, also called “lower level” so the last 2 years of a 4-year degree are numbered 300-400 level, also called “upper level.” It’s worth point out that 2-year degrees (associate degrees) don’t include upper level credits, but 4-year degrees do. This is why you can’t get upper level credit from a 2-year community college. In addition, upper level courses often make up a degree’s “major” and colleges tend to limit the students they’ll allow in those special classes.

Most teens will spend high school accumulating lower level credit (dual enrollment, CLEP, Sophia, etc.) but if your teen “fills up” all of their lower level spots, and is still in high school, you don’t have to stop earning college credit. (After all, it’s a FRACTION of the price as long as you’re still in high school – why stop now?!)

Teens shouldn’t “start” with upper level credit, these will be significantly more challenging than lower level courses. Courses generally have prerequisites. For instance, before taking a 300 level economics class, students must have successfully completed both Macroeconomics and Microeconomics. Check individual courses for details.

Small sample of the upper level online list available:

SOC 323 2O1 OL  The Family
GEO 323 OL2 OL  World Geography
PSY 413 OL1 OL  Psych Of Addiction
PSY 493 OL2 OL  Issues & Ethics in Psych/Counseling
PSY 403 OL1 OL  Human Sexuality
PSY 343 OL1 OL  Social Psychology
PSY 303 OL1 OL  Research Methods In Psych
POLS 333 OL2 OL State & Local Government
PHL 313 2O1 OL  Ethics
MK 363 OL1 OL   Commerce & Consumer Behavior
MGT 323 OL1 OL  Leadership
LAW 403 OL2 OL  Employment Law
INF 343 OL2 OL  Information Security
FIN 303 OL1 OL  Managerial Finance
BA 343 OL1 OL   International Business
COM 343 OL2 OL  Web Content Management

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