Frequently Asked Questions

What is dual enrollment?
Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn college credit while meeting requirements for high school graduation. College credits earned through dual enrollment can be applied toward graduation at Lord Fairfax Community College or may be transferred to another college or university.
Can college courses ever be used to meet high school graduation requirements?
Yes, this is called dual credit. Only some college courses will help students meet high school graduation requirements. Students seeking dual credit must work with a high school guidance counselor to carefully select courses that will meet high school graduation requirements. Students seeking dual credit follow the same process as other dual enrollment students, but the approval for dual credit option is indicated on the dual enrollment registration form.
Who can enroll?
All high school juniors and seniors who are prepared for the demands of college-level coursework are eligible to enroll if they:

  • obtain approval from their high school principal or director of guidance;
  • have permission of parent or guardian;
  • complete the College’s placement testing process or submit minimum ACT or SAT scores in each area; ACT English and Writing combined score of 21 and/or ACT math score of 22, SAT Critical Reading and Writing scores of 500, and/or SAT math score of 520;
  • apply for admission to Lord Fairfax Community College.

If interested in participating, please contact your guidance counselor or principal.

Will taking these classes save me money?
Yes, although federal regulation specify that no financial aid can be awarded for students currently in high school, the low cost of community college tuition will result in substantial savings later.

Additionally, students should check to see if their school offers any tuition assistance program.

How are dual enrollment courses offered?
The College provides dual enrollment opportunities in a variety of formats for those students meeting all eligibility requirements. Students can enroll in day or evening courses scheduled at the College or at off campus locations. Students can enroll in dual enrollment courses scheduled exclusively for high school students at their home school. Generally these courses are taught by high school teachers who are also qualified to teach college-level courses.
What are the benefits of dual enrollment?
Dual enrollment:

  • provides a wider range of course options for high school students;
  • avoids unnecessary duplication of programs in the academic, fine arts and vocational areas where appropriate;
  • promotes rigorous educational pursuits and encourages lifelong learning; and
  • the Commonwealth of Virginia and students and their families save money.
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