Student Eligibility Framework (PDF)

Online Application Instructions (PDF)

Welcome to NSU's Dual Enrollment Program

Northwestern State University, in partnership with participating high schools, is pleased to offer courses for college credit for selected high school students. In an effort to provide a unique opportunity, 11th and 12th grade students may earn college credit while enrolled in courses taught by their high school teacher. Students may also enroll in online courses directly through Northwestern or in traditional courses on Northwestern's campus.

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Student Requirements

  1. Student must be enrolled in a Louisiana public, private or parochial school, or in a BESE-Approved Home Study Program.
  2. Student must be on track for completing (by graduation from high school) the required Regents' Core Curriculum.
  3. Student must be enrolled in a college course for which dual credit is attempted and recorded on both student's secondary and postsecondary academic record.
  4. Student will be admitted and enrolled as a "Non-Degree Seeking" student. Upon graduation from high school, if the student enrolls at NSU, they will apply for admission as a regular student and must meet the university's admission requirements.

Student Enrollment Criteria

  • ACT or PLAN (or ASPIRE equivalent) Composite Score of 18
  • ACT or PLAN (or ASPIRE equivalent) English sub-score of 18 to enroll in English or (450 SAT, 68 Compass Writing)
  • ACT or PLAN (or ASPIRE equivalent) mathematics sub-score of 19 to enroll in College Algebra or (460 SAT, 40 Compass Algebra)
  • GPA 2.75 - Senior Status
  • GPA 3.00 - Junior/Sophomore Status

Tuition and Fees Method A - Courses taught by High School Faculty

  1. Tuition and fees are exempt for courses offered at the high school taught by NSU approved high school faculty.
  2. Student is responsible for textbooks and course materials if applicable.

Tuition and Fees Method B - Courses taught by NSU Faculty

  1. $100.00 tuition per course inclusive of all fees, if taught by NSU faculty regardless of delivery method.
  2. Student is responsible for textbooks and course materials if applicable.
  3. Payment method for district's Supplemental Course Academy (SCA) funds:
    • District's SCA Participation - $100.00 tuition per course inclusive of all fees regardless of delivery method. Student is responsible for textbooks and course materials (if applicable). District will pay NSU 100% of its stated course tuition if student remains in courses through NSU's add/drop period for the fall 2015 semester and the spring 2016 semester.
    • District's NON-SCA Participation - $100.00 tuition per course inclusive of all fees regardless of delivery method. Student is responsible for tuition, textbooks, and course materials (if applicable). Student will pay NSU 100% of its stated course tuition if they remain in courses through NSU's add/drop period for the fall 2015 semester and the spring 2016 semester.

Application Process

Course Transferability

Students are encouraged to enroll in general education courses. Visit the State of Louisiana Board of Regent's website to view the Master Course Articulation Matrix for a list of courses. Students should consult with the Registrar's Office of the institution they plan on attending after high school prior to enrolling in dual enrollment courses to verify transferability.

Contact Information
Julie Longlois, Carl D. Perkins Program, longloisj@nsula.edu, 318.357.6355