Information for Parents

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We know you want the best for your student. As a parent, you are helping make decisions about their future. Like most parents, you are probably concerned with the rising costs of higher education.

See the PCC Dual Credit Family Guide for a printable version of the information below.

The Family Guide is also available in Russian, Somalian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

What Is PCC Dual Credit?

Portland Community College's Dual Credit Program allows high school students to earn college credit while enrolled in articulated high school courses taught by PCC approved high school faculty with PCC approved course syllabus.

What Does PCC Dual Credit Cost?

PCC Dual Credit is FREE for students. There are NO registration costs, fees or transcript costs. You and your student pay nothing to participate in Dual Credit.

How Does My Student Become a PCC Dual Credit Student?

There are several steps for your student to be enrolled in the PCC Dual Credit program and earn college credit for their classes.

  • Your student will need to complete Step 1 - Apply for Admissions.
  • Step 2 -: Log into your MyPCC account for the first time and set up their permanent password.
  • Once admitted to PCC, your student must complete Step 3 -: Register for Dual Credit classes.
  • During the course, your student must complete the course curriculum as approved by the college. This includes completing work as assigned and following the attendance policy as noted in their PCC course syllabus. The grade earned for their college course will be reflected on an official PCC transcript.

Why Should My Student Participate?

  • Dual Credit gives your student a head start on their college education for free, saving time and money.
  • The PCC Dual Credit program has shown increased enthusiasm and motivation. The program enhances students' ability and skills to do college-level work and gives them confidence for college success.
  • The college credit your student earns will count toward a bachelor's degree, associate of applied science or a one-year certificate at all Oregon Public Universities and many other institutions. Transcripts are free.
  • Your student can earn college credit for courses they are already taking for their high school diploma. This prevents students from having to take some or very similar classes in college in the future.

Dual Credit Versus Advanced Placement (AP) Versus International Baccalaureate (IB)

In many high schools, students have the option of taking AP or IB classes. Dual Credit gives them another option for college credit, and a getting a jump start on their college careers! The chart below explains the difference between these programs. In some cases, students can take a combination of Dual Credit and AP or IB.

Dual Credit, AP and IB cost comparison
Program PCC Dual Credit AP IB
Cost FREE $92 per exam; ODE paid past two years, but not guaranteed. Up to $164 per student plus $110 per subject per student for families.
Free/Reduced Lunch Cost FREE FREE Reduced Fees
Transcript College Credit Yes No No
Proficiency-Based Learning No Yes Yes
Final Project No No Yes
Accepted for Credit at Other Colleges Yes, with same limitations as all PCC credits. Dependent on test scores; may only qualify for placement purposes. Dependent on college's IB policies.
Open to All Students Yes, if course and high school faculty have an approved articulation agreement. Limited to those higher achieving students. Limited to those higher achieving students.

Access to Your Son or Daughter’s PCC Educational Records

Once a student, regardless of age, attends a postsecondary institution in any capacity they are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Click here for a FERPA handout for Parents.

Portland Community College must obtain written consent from the student before disclosing any personally identifiable information from their educational records to a third party (including their parents).

Your son or daughter can grant you access to their educational records by completing the Consent to Release Form, but it is entirely up to the student if they wish to do so or not.

US Dept of Education/ FERPA General Guidance for Students: