Calvin College welcomes high school juniors and seniors to take courses at Calvin! This is an exciting opportunity to see what college courses are like at Calvin, earn college credit, and continue to advance in subjects at the college level. Dually enrolled students at Calvin start their college transcript and get a head start on their college career.

Brief overview

  • Complete an application and submit all application materials to admissions@calvin.edu.
    All material must be submitted before the first day of classes; incomplete applications will not be considered after classes have begun.
  • You will be admitted to your requested course on a space-available basis
  • Calvin Admissions will communicate to you the next steps before the first day of class

Further details

Courses
Summer courses

High school students are welcome to dually enroll in Calvin’s summer courses! The application material remains the same (see "Required Admissions Materials" tab below), and you can find what summer courses are available by visiting the Summer Term.

The summer class tuition rate for dually enrolled students is $413 per credit hour.

Students that register for dual enrollment courses at Calvin may be eligible for four "no-cost" dually enrolled credits during the Summer I session. The Post-secondary Enrollment Options Act states “If 50% of the college class/term falls within the local district’s regular academic year (calendar), pupils must be allowed to enroll and receive tuition/fee support.” So, if 50% of the Calvin course meets during your school district’s regularly scheduled school year, the first four credits will fall under the no-cost tuition.

Questions about tuition for dually enrolled summer courses can be directed to Financial Services.

Capstone courses

Senior capstone courses, or any course labeled 395, are not open to dually enrolled students. Additionally, students may not enroll in a classroom section of a course if they are not able to register for a corresponding lab section (if required). Calvin College suggests that dual enrollment applicants speak with the Registrar or their prospective professor if they are unsure if they are capable of success in that course.

Honors courses

Calvin College allows students who have not been admitted into the Honors program (including dual enrollment students) to register for honors-level courses with advice from a professor or registrar.

Required admissions materials

In order to be admitted as a dually-enrolled high school student at Calvin College, please complete the below items and have them sent to Calvin Admissions, either by email (admissions@calvin.edu), fax (616-526-6777), or mail (3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546).

Since dually enrolled students may not start after classes begin, all dual enrollment application files must be complete at least one business day before the first day of classes; incomplete application files will not be considered after the deadline has passed. See when classes begin by viewing Calvin’s Academic Calendar.

  • Non-Degree Seeking Application (You will indicate your preferred course here)
  • Copy of your high school transcript
  • Confirmation letter from your guidance counselor, signed by your guidance counselor and principal. A new confirmation letter is required for each semester you are dually-enrolled at Calvin.
Tuition rates

Students not part of a school district

All students who are not part of a traditional school district (who do not have a UIC*) will be charged at the following rate:

  • $413/credit hour for the first 1-8 credits/semester
  • $1,286/credit hour for credits 9 and above

Students dually enrolled in fall- or spring-semester course

Calvin College will offer the first class (up to four credit hours) per semester for state of MI tuition reimbursement to dually enrolled high school students during the fall or spring semester. The high school in which the student is enrolled must verify that the preferred course is acceptable through the State of Michigan’s dual-enrollment reimbursement program.

Billing process

Students Dually Enrolled in an Online Course

Michigan residents: You will receive an initial bill at the beginning of the semester. This bill does not reflect a reimbursement conribution from the State of Michigan, however, and does not represent your actual tuition charges. When the state contributes a pre-determined amount, you will receive a different tuition statement at a lesser amount.

Non-Michigan residents: You will receive a bill at the beginning of the semester that will include terms of payment.

Dually enrolled homeschooled students or students without a UIC

You will receive a bill at the beginning of the semester that will include terms of payment.

Students Dually Enrolled on Campus During the Fall or Spring Semester

If the preferred course meets the requirements under the State of Michigan’s dual-enrollment reimbursement program, you will not receive a bill. Students who enroll for over 4 credits or whose course does not meet State dual-enrollment requirements will be billed at the beginning of the semester at Calvin College’s published dual-enrollment rates (above).

If the student is enrolled at a public school, the school must verify that they will pay Calvin College at an amount no less than the published state reimbursement amount. Calvin College will bill the school in that amount, which should be reimbursed by the State of Michigan via established budget reimbursement channels.

Students will be limited to four “no cost” credit hours per semester. Additional credit hours during the semester are available to dually enrolled students at the following tuition rate:

  • $395/credit hour for 5-8 credits/semester
  • $1180/credit hour for credits 9 and above
Suggested courses

Admitted dual enrollment students will contact the registrar when directed by admissions and receive advising as needed. Upper level courses (300 and above) would not be appropriate for most dual enrollment students but may be allowed after consultation with the registrar.

Before registering for a language course, Calvin recommends taking the online language assessment. This assessment will take no longer than 30 minutes and will offer a course suggestion appropriate for your foreign language competence. Take the online language assessment.

Tuition-free credits

If you are currently enrolled in a Michigan public or private high school and wish to come to Calvin’s campus to take a course during the fall or spring semester, you may be eligible for tuition-free credits. Be sure to check the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Act to see if your course qualifies!

You must have a UIC* to qualify for tuition-free credits.

*Each student enrolled in Michigan’s public or private schools is assigned a unique identification code (UIC) in the Michigan Student Data System (MSDS).

 

Questions?

Katrina De Man

Katrina De Man

Admissions Counselor
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Dually-enrolled students are not eligible for academic, medical, or (Broene) counseling services from Calvin College. It is expected that students will avail themselves of any such needed services through their home high school.