High School Dual Enrollment Students

High School Dual Enrollment Students

What is Dual Enrollment?

The Penn State New Kensington's Dual Enrollment (DE) Program offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college courses at a 50% tuition reduction. The program enables students to get a real jump on their college careers by earning college credits while still in high school. Students participating in these programs may choose from a variety of Penn State courses offered during the fall or spring semesters.

How will Dual Enrollment Benefit Students?

The program is designed to encourage a broader range of students to experience postsecondary education by allowing the student to concurrently enroll in postsecondary courses and to receive both secondary and postsecondary credit for the coursework at a reduced cost to the student.  Dual Enrollment helps to introduce more students to the advantages of postsecondary education and helps students have a more successful transition into the culture and expectations that are present in postsecondary institutions.

Penn State New Kensington offers a 50% tuition reduction, for up to two courses per semester, to any student taking Penn State coursework as part of the Dual Enrollment program.

Dual Enrollment Program Highlights

  • You must be a high school junior or a senior to be eligible for this program.  
  • A 50% tuition reduction will be offered, for up to two courses per semester.
  • To remain in the program, students must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course.
  • Students who have graduated from high school may not participate in this program. 
  • Credits earned are valid at any Penn State location and may be transferred to another institution in the same way as any other Penn State credits.

How to Apply for the Dual Enrollment Program

Interested students should complete and submit the following application materials:

  • Dual Enrollment Application Packet (pdf)
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official documentation of all standardized tests completed between grades 9 - 12 (including PSAT or SAT if applicable)
  • One letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor, teacher, or high school principal 

Completed application materials should be returned to:

Casey Lang
Admissions Counselor
3550 Seventh Street Road, Route 780
New Kensington, PA 15068
Phone: 724-334-6019
Fax: 724-334-6111
E-mail: cllang@psu.edu

Tuition Penalty for Dropped Credits

Students who drop below full-time or drop below their originally registered credit level may be assessed a tuition penalty. The tuition adjustment is determined by the effective date of the drop and is made according to Penn State's Tuition Adjustment Schedule. Penn State scholarships may also be adjusted accordingly.

PACPSL Compliance Statement

Annually, over 600 high school students schedule college courses from a multitude of disciplines at Penn State campuses.

Per recent changes to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (PACPSL), Penn State New Kensington will continue to provide courses for qualified dual enrolled students, fully compliant with the required background checking requirements listed below:   

Faculty who teach classes in which dual enrolled students under the age of 18 are registered, as well as staff who provide professional or support services, such as advising, counseling, or tutoring and students who serve in peer roles such as advising, mentoring, or tutoring to these students, are required by State law to have the following three clearances: Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check (SP4-164), Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form (CY-113) and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check (Criminal History Report).  Effective January 1, 2016, all individuals (current employees and new hires) interacting with dual enrolled students under the age of 18 are required to have valid clearances in place.   

In order to ensure compliance in all future semesters, Penn State New Kensington will identify sections of courses that typically enroll the most high school students and can confirm that faculty teaching these courses have completed the required background checks. This course list will be shared with current and future dual enrolled students through their guidance counselors and academic advisers and through print and web information.  In addition, staff and students who provide services such as academic advising, tutoring and mentoring will be required to complete the three required background checks.

Questions regarding Penn State New Kensington compliance with PACPSL can be directed to Monique Eguavoen, Director of Enrollment Management, at 724-334-6058 or meguavoen@psu.edu.