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 students earn through dual enrollment are treated the same as regular college credit, i.e. they can be transferred to community colleges, Arizona's state universities, and even some out-of-state colleges.
- A current partnering high school student that receive authorization from their high school guidance counselor and their parent or legal guardian can be enrolled in Dual Enrollment Course at their high school.
- Students who has meet the prerequisite criteria for the course or have a qualifying placement score by taking an appropriate assessment test and is admitted to Arizona Western College.
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 if they want these courses to help satisfy high school requirements.
- 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.
- Tuition rate for all dual credit courses are $25 per credit hour regardless of the student’s age.
- 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 college with credits already completed before starting their freshman year of college. This permits the student to graduate early, concentration on their major, or discover other disciplines or 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 2019-2020 year, the tuition rate is $25 per credit hour (In-State).
*Tuition is subject to change
Arizona Western College will drop off registration documents at participating high schools at the beginning of the semester, then the teachers/counselors will distribute the documents during the first couple week of classes. Students will turn in their completed documents by registration/fee collection date at their high school campus or at an Arizona Western College Campus within 1-2 weeks. Arizona Western College staff will come to the school to conduct on-site registration. If a student's documents are not submitted in that time, it is up to the individual student to drop it off at Arizona Western College's Registration Office.
Tuition can be paid in these ways:
- Pay with cash, check, or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover) in person at Arizona Western College campuses cashier's office.
- Call the Arizona Western College fiscal office at (928) 317-7666 with your student number ready and provide a credit/debit card number to charge.
- Pay online at http://selfservice.azwestern.edu/ 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 through one of the following method. The student can come to the Arizona Western College campus and fill out a drop/add form.
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 fees and tuition once they are registered, 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 (usually with a grade of C or better), they get credit.