Early Start for High School Students


dual credit student

The Spoon River College Early Start program helps high school students get an early start on their college education. By enrolling in specific programs and courses, eligible high school students can take Spoon River College courses for high school or college credit, or get job training to start a career after high school. Or, if eligible, high school students can take regular college courses at one of the college's sites or even online.

Through these programs, students -- and their parents -- can benefit from discounts*, scholarships, and Spoon River College's already-low tuition rates. By taking courses at Spoon River College, you can avoid the higher cost of tuition and fees found at many four-year colleges and universities.

Several high school students have taken advantage of Spoon River College Early Start program and now it’s YOUR turn.

Dual Credit

Did you know that high school students in their junior and senior year, can take college courses? At their high school? During the regular school day?

Since 1999, Spoon River College has partnered with many area high schools to offer dual credit courses to eligible students. By taking a dual credit class, students not only earn college credit, but some high schools may also offer high school credit for the same class -- a great two-for-one deal! While many of the dual credit courses are taught at the high school by high school teachers, they are college level classes, use college textbooks, many have reduced tuition rates and meet college standards. Students must be at least 16 years of age and have met requirements of the COMPASS placement test and High School GPA requirements. To find out if your high school participants in the Spoon River College Dual Credit partnership, talk to your high school counselor.

**The tuition rate for high school students taking courses for dual credit with Spoon River College during the 2015-2016 school year is $75.00 per credit hour for courses taught at high schools. Tuition rate for courses taught on an SRC campus is $150.00 per credit hour, and the tuition rate for courses taught online is $180.00 per credit hour.

The Spoon River College Foundation offers a scholarship to eligible high school students that may cover part of the tuition charges. Please visit the Foundation tab of the SRC website for more information www.src.edu/foundation.

If you have any questions regarding tuition charges for the dual credit program, please contact the Student Accounts Office at 309-649-7021.

Dual Enrollment

Even if a high school does not offer a particular college course through the Dual Credit partnership, there are other opportunities for high school students to earn college credit through the Spoon River College Early Start Dual Enrollment program. Eligible high school students may take college courses at one of the college's campuses or online. Many courses are available in the evening, allowing motivated students to obtain college credit while balancing their high school responsibilities. During the summer semester, eligible students can take a course or two and still have time to work part-time or just hang out with their friends. By taking college courses at Spoon River College while still in high school, students can experience a considerable savings over the life of their college education. Tuition at Spoon River College is 1/3 the cost of a public Illinois university and 1/8 of the cost of tuition at area private four-year colleges.

If you want to know more information about Spoon River College Early Start program please contact:
Hannah Neuendorf
Dual Credit Coordinator


 Partnering High Schools


The following high schools offer courses for dual credit in partnership with Spoon River College.

  • Astoria
  • Canton
  • Cuba
  • Farmington
  • Havana
  • Lewistown
  • Macomb
  • Schuyler-Industry
  • Spoon River Valley
  • VIT

It is up to the individual high school as to whether they will offer high school credit for the dual credit course.


 Success Stories


Here are just a few of the many success stories from students who have taken advantage of dual credit...
Emma Hanlin is a current senior at Spoon River Valley High School. Emma was recently named to the President’s List for her academic achievement for Fall 2015. "Taking dual credit classes has greatly benefited me" said Hanlin. "It has not only given me a jump start on my future in the health field but has also driven me to push myself harder to achieve more. I will be graduating high school with 49 credit hours all because of dual credit classes and I'm so thankful that this opportunity has been offered to me."

Courtney Sheff of Cuba is a Spoon River College student who was able to get ahead in her education by taking dual credit classes in high school. "I have always loved getting ahead where I can so taking dual credit was a good option for me" said Sheff. "The 24 credits and experience I graduated with gave me the boost I needed when it came time to attend SRC as a full time student."

Leslie Webb of Astoria said her three sons, Samuel, Joshua and Caleb were able to take advantage of dual credit classes. "The cost savings were substantial," said Webb. "The boys moved into college level classes in the familiar surroundings of their high school with the additional support of teachers they had known for years. When they entered SRC full time they each transitioned easily into the college setting and the preparation they received during their dual credit coursework has led each to a successful college experience. I am a big advocate for the dual credit program and Spoon River College."​