Dual Credit

Dual Credit is a program that allows high school students to enroll in college classes, and earn credit toward high school graduation and a college degree.

There are several different dual credit programs in Hawaiʻi that academically qualified high school students can participate in.  The most common dual credit programs are Early Admissions, Early College and Running Start.  Participation in a dual credit program requires the following:

  • Institution:  Kauai Community College
  • Planned Course of Study:  Running Start, Early Admissions, and Jump Start (Non-Degree)
        2.  Health Clearances
        3.  Placement Test
        4.  MyUH Account


The Early Admissions program offers educational opportunities for academically qualified high school students, including home-schooled students.  The courses taken may not necessarily count toward high school graduation.

  • Eligible students that plan to participate in the Early Admissions program must also complete and submit the Early Admissions Approval FormA new form must be submitted each semester for continued participation in the program.



  • Running Start is a program that allows “eligible” high school students to take a college course at a University of Hawaii system campus as part of their high school coursework.

    The unique partnership between the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawaii System allows public and charter high school students to attend college classes during the fall, spring, and summer while earning both high school and college credits.

    Eligible students that plan to participate in the Running Start program must also complete and submit the Dual Credit Application form. A new form must be submitted each semester for continued participation in the program.

    Visit the Running Start web site.


    Early College is an initiative that allows high school students to take college classes on their high school campus.  For the most part, students in an early college class are taught by college professors and take the class with their high school peers.  Students who successfully complete the college class receive both high school and college credit.

    Early College opportunities are different at each high school.  Some high schools may be offering Early College classes as part of a pathway that leads to a college certificate or associate’s degree; other high schools may just be offering one Early College class per semester to students in a specific career academy.  In addition, some Early College classes may be free to students participating (because they’re paid by grant funding), while students in other Early College classes may be responsible for paying for tuition, fees, and books an the class themselves.  If you’re interested in learning more about what early college opportunities are available at your high school, please talk to your high school counselor.

    Eligible students that plan to participate in the Early College program must also complete and submit the Dual Credit Application form. A new form must be submitted each semester for continued participation in the program.

    Visit the Early College web site.



    Jump Start is a pilot project that allows public high school seniors to enroll full-time in career and technical education programs at Honolulu Community College, Kapi'olani Community College, Leeward Community College, or Kaua'i Community College. Students earn high school credit for college courses they successfully complete during their senior year. Students can also still participate in their high school co-curricular activities such as sports, clubs, band, prom, and special committees.

    We strongly advise students to speak with their high school counselor to determine the best decision for enrolling in the Jump Start program.

    Visit the Jump Start web site.



    Home-Schooled
    Academically-accomplished or vocationally-gifted home schooled applicants, 16 years of age or older, and not currently enrolled in a public, private, charter, or independent high school. A valid copy of the State of Hawai`i Department of Education Exceptions to Compulsory Education Form (4140) is required.

    Home-schooled students that plan to participate in the Early Admissions program must also complete and submit the Early Admissions Approval Form.

    Contact the Admissions & Records Office arkauai@hawaii.edu for more information.