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Dual enrollment associates

greteldevgreteldev 0 replies2 threads New Member
Ive posted before about this, but I though I should again. I will be graduating with an associates in liberal arts degree from NECC in Massachusetts. Most of the credits were earned from dual enrollment. What schools would accept the credit? Should I try and bargain with guidance to count a semester course as a full year (even though Ill be taking 2 semesters anyways) so that half countS as dual enrollment and the rest can transfer as a regular course? It is costing my family and myself about $20,000 for this degree, so this money really cant go down the drain. There is a Mass Transfer program but there is no way I am staying in Mass for mental health and other reasons. Im looking at UCs, CSUs, NYU, CUNYs, Umiami, and maybe a reach for Barnard (they only accept 15 credits but its cheaper even with that). My unweighted GPA is a 3.5, 3.2 freshman year, 3.8 sophmore (would be 3.9 but they only counted until dec. because of COVID). The bad freshman year grades was because of hospitalization and extreme mental health problems and family issues. Weighted GPA is 4.2 freshman 4.8 sophomore (4.5 both) (all honors which is the highest level available). I plan to get all As in the college courses too (I took one and got a 100). I have over 400 cc hours, founded and is president of a charity organization, (hoping to be) president of Model UN (and award winner), got chosen to develop curriculum further with Out of Eden Learn (a project with Harvard) ,officer in Civil rights club and GSA (theres many more but these are just highlights). Im guessing they wont ask for SATs but my PSAT was 1300 and Ive been studying so I assume a 1500ish. Also have many traumatic experiences and passions for writing good essays. I want a college that will accept enough credits that I don’t waste money, be in the city or near the beach, and pretty high ranked. Im thinking international relations or math or maybe even fashion design major.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 83409 replies741 threads Senior Member
    greteldev wrote: »
    It is costing my family and myself about $20,000 for this degree, so this money really cant go down the drain. There is a Mass Transfer program but there is no way I am staying in Mass for mental health and other reasons. Im looking at UCs, CSUs, NYU, CUNYs, Umiami, and maybe a reach for Barnard (they only accept 15 credits but its cheaper even with that).

    The out-of-state publics will cost more and are unlikely to give you any financial aid, so they are likely to be unaffordable if money is a concern.
    greteldev wrote: »
    My unweighted GPA is a 3.5, 3.2 freshman year, 3.8 sophmore (would be 3.9 but they only counted until dec. because of COVID). [...] I want a college that will accept enough credits that I don’t waste money, be in the city or near the beach, and pretty high ranked.

    Realistically, you need to focus on cost and academic offerings before you can get picky about location and ranking.

    Each college will have its own policy on transfer credit for dual enrollment courses, so you need to check each college individually.
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  • mom2boys1999mom2boys1999 157 replies14 threads Junior Member
    There’s a lot going on in this post.

    First, don’t use trauma as your essay topic. Very very few students can do this well and not trigger some kind of worry about the applicant.

    Secondly, you are still a sophomore in high school? Is that right? You can’t bargain with guidance. As a counselor myself, our articulation agreement is very clear on how credits are allotted. It isn’t a swap shop.

    Lastly, you are in a lot of contradictory places with your college list. Many of the more competitive schools will not allow for an abundance of transfer credits. It won’t be standardized either so you will have to look at each school. $20k for an associates and not wanting to stay in state seems like a significant cost outlay.

    My own son is dually enrolled and will have his associates but it is free in our county and he hated normal high school. I think I would have told him to suck it up for $20,000. That’s college tuition.
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 30752 replies197 threads Senior Member
    How are you getting a figure of $20k for your associates degree? At the NECC website, it looks like your classes should only come to about $10k because of the discount for high school students. https://www.necc.mass.edu/afford/tuition-costs/
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