Rio Salado College “Dual Enrollment Program”

Many upper division Brophy courses are available for college credit through Rio Salado College via what is called their dual enrollment program, which literally means that the student is dually enrolled both as a Brophy student and as a community college student. Certain Brophy courses qualify for both high school credit toward Brophy’s graduation requirement, and also Maricopa Community College credit through Rio Salado College. Students taking those Brophy courses who qualify for admission to the college and to the course can thus enroll in Rio Salado as a student, and register for an additional fee to get community college credit for the course. For example, a student can take Honors Chemistry at Brophy as a lab science credit, but if he qualifies through Rio Salado for the community college credit, he can pay and get four credits for Chem 130 (three credits) and the Chem 130 lab (one credit).  
Once a student is registered, he will be in Rio Salado’s database as a student, and will be able to access official transcripts upon completion of courses.

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  • Benefits of Dual Enrollment

    The benefits of dual enrollment are twofold, and both center on the transcript of community college credits that the student obtains through the dual enrollment program. The first benefit is cost savings. Although a student must pay Rio Salado now to register for the community college credit, the per-credit charge for those courses is much less than equivalent courses at the university level.

    The other benefit is that students can begin their university career with credits already earned—think of it as transferring to a university from a community college. Thus, the student has the option to reduce the number of semesters—and the accompanying cost—at a university, or to fill that time with courses he wants to take, which could result in another major or perhaps even another degree.
  • Are There Drawbacks to Dual Enrollment?

    The cost can be a drawback since Rio Salado fees are on top of Brophy's tuition. The other potential drawback is the “transferability” of the credits. For students likely to attend in-state universities, Rio Salado publishes a credit transfer web page where students and parents can research how dual enrollment credits will transfer into those universities.
    For students planning to go out of state, most universities recognize Rio Salado credits as they would any other community college; they may transfer in as certain elective credits. There are some universities - most of them considered "elite," who do not accept the credits. 

    Our recommendation is that if you’re thinking of going out of state, call the admissions office of one or two “sample” universities that you might consider, explain the dual enrollment program and ask if they accept community college credits. 

    A student's counselor can advise him to some extent, but ultimately, it is up to the student and his family to determine if dual enrollment makes sense for him within the context of his future plans.

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