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Dual Enrollment for Montana High Schoolers

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High School is the Perfect Time to Start College

Our Dual Enrollment Program offers so many advantages every high school junior and senior should sign up.

Not only does this program help jump start your collegiate career and tune your muscles for the rigors of undergrad studies, it will save you money. Huge money. 

Montana high school students who enroll in the Dual Enrollment program get their first two college courses free and half off tuition for the rest of the courses they take while in high school. 

Interested in learning more? Read on.


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“I am super glad I did it. It gave me a great perspective of what college would be like. It’s good to be challenged and ready for the faster pace of study in college.”

MCKENZIE BROWNLEE, Missoula College Nursing student

“The program is such a benefit. They learn how to manage time and to be a college student before they leave home. It’s not for all kids, but kids are also capable of anything they put their minds to.”

KAMIE BARNHILL, parent of dual enrollment student


Dual Enrollment students, spring 2023


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Dual Enrollment students in spring 2023


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Take College Classes Online

As a Montana high school student, you are eligible for the Early College Program, which allows high school students in any location to take college courses online.

Take any 100 or 200 level classes offered online during fall, spring or summer semesters and you'll follow the same course deadlines as all undergraduate students also in the course.

Students are able to knock out at least one semester of college while participating in the program, which means even more savings on all the other costs that come with college.

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It's as Easy as 1-2-Free

As deals go, it doesn’t get much better than this. At UM we believe so much in the value of jumpstarting your college experience, we offer Montana high school students their first two Dual Enrollment courses tuition free. As in, no tuition. As in, what are you waiting for?

But wait. There's more. Montana high school students also get half off tuition for the rest of their courses until they graduate high school. Yup. Half off.


More Ways to Save as You Learn

Dual Enrollment students needing financial help after completing their two free classes may be eligible for scholarships. To be eligible, you or someone in your household must be participating in an eligible government assistance program such as MT Healthy Kids, Free or Reduced Lunch, Section 8 Housing Vouchers and SNAP/WIC benefits.

Credits That Will Follow You Almost Everywhere

You worked hard for your first college credits, and we want you to keep them. Through Dual Enrollment, the credits you earn will be demonstrated on a University of Montana transcript and transfer seamlessly to all Montana University System colleges and universities, as well as many other institutions throughout the country.

This is the Real Deal

You aren’t a “Wanna-Be” undergrad in the Dual Enrollment program, you become a full-fledged Griz, with the same privileges and benefits of other enrolled students. That means you can connect one-on-one with a real college advisor who can answer all your questions about course choices, scheduling and future options.

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You Look Ready to Apply

The first step in starting your life as a college student is to fill out our short online application form. Then, we’ll send you an email from with your application login details. Then follow these easy steps:

1) Create an account password (write it down in case you forget like we do) and then under “Your Applications'' click on “Dual Enrollment.”

2) Open the application, complete the seven sections (if you are under 18 your parents will need to fill out information under "Add Additional Reference") and then press “Submit Application.”

3) Next, you’ll receive a Course Selection Form to pick the classes we’ll register you for.

4) Let the fun begin!


Are You a 'Local' Student?

You're considered a 'local' Dual Enrollment student if you live in Missoula, Ravalli, Lake, Mineral or Lewis and Clark County. Find out more about the Dual Enrollment options available to local students.

Are You an Out-of-State Student?

If you attend high school anywhere outside the state of Montana, you're considered an out-of-state student. Learn more about the benefits of enrolling as an out-of-state Dual Enrollment student.