Frequently Asked Questions

Dual enrollment courses allow eligible students to earn both high school and college credit at the same time, on their high school campus, during their regular high school day. The credits that students earn through dual enrollment are treated the same as regular college credit. For example, these credits can be transferred to community colleges, Arizona's state universities, and even some out-of-state colleges.

  • Current partnering high school students that receive authorization from their high school guidance counselor can be enrolled in Dual Credit Courses at their high school.
  • Students who have met the prerequisite criteria for the course or have a qualifying placement score by taking an appropriate assessment exam.
  • Students who have completed the online application admission process.

Concurrent enrollment is the same principle as Dual Enrollment, BUT courses are taken by students individually at an Arizona Western College campus or online and cater to the student's individual interests and time frame. Concurrent enrollment classes are not affiliated with the high schools in any way. If students want to transfer the college credit to their high school, they will need prior approval from their high school counselor in order for these courses to help satisfy their high school requirements. However, please note that these courses are offered at the discounted rate of $25 per credit hour.

  • At $25 per credit hour, dual enrollment students pay roughly 1/3 of the traditional tuition rate at Arizona Western College and about 10% of the cost of state university.
  • Course materials (course book or resources) are usually provided by the partnering high school and many fees are waived due to student’s dual enrollment status.
  • Students can start their freshman year of college having already accumulated college credits. This permits the student to graduate early, concentrate on their major, or discover other disciplines and programs of study.
  • Students can start college with an already well-established Grade Point Average.
  • These courses enhance higher level thinking skills, which better prepare students for college/university classes.
  • Earning pre-college credit is based on the grade received in the class, not a test taken at the end of the course (AP).

For the 2022-2023 school year, the tuition rate is $25 per credit hour (In-State).

*Tuition is subject to change

  • First, students need to complete the account creation and application process. Click here to begin.
  • During the weeks before each semester, Early College Program representatives will be at each high school campus to help with registration forms, give informative presentations, answer questions, and help students with the application process.
  • If students have questions, the Early College Program can be reached by email at or by calling (928) 317-6311.

Tuition can be paid in three ways:

  • Pay with cash, check, or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover) in person at the Arizona Western College cashier's office, located in the 3C building on the main Yuma campus.
  • Call the Arizona Western College cashier's office at (928) 317-7666 with your student ID number ready and provide a credit/debit card number to charge.
  • Pay online at by logging in to the Student Self-Service site with your Arizona Western College username and password. This option allows you to pay all at once or sign up for a monthly payment plan. Online payment may not be available when accessed through a phone or tablet.

It is the student’s responsibility to drop the class during the add/drop period, which is the first week of class. This can be done either online in Self-Service or at the Admissions and Registration office, located in the 3C building on the Yuma campus.

* Please note that dropping a class after the payment deadline will result in a grade of W on your transcript. The W grade will not directly affect your Grade Point Average, but it may affect your future eligibility for federal financial aid. You will also still be responsible for paying any remaining tuition for the class, or be ineligible for a refund if you've already paid for the class.

Students must pay all fees and tuition upon registration, and may log on to their Self-Service account to either make payments on their account or set up a payment plan. If a student doesn't pay their fees and tuition, the college has the authorization of de-registering them from their classes. It is important that a payment option is selected immediately. Unpaid balances over six months past due may be sent to collections, which can include a setoff from your income tax refund.

Dual enrollment isn't the same as AP credit. A student can spend the whole year in an AP class, but receiving college credit is dependent upon earning an adequate score on the AP test at the end of the year, and the requirements to get college credit on these tests are sometimes higher than what the student may expect. Dual enrollment classes are based on the grade the student receives in the class; if they pass (with a grade of C or better), they get credit.