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Advanced Credit Program
To enroll in Advanced Credit courses, students must register for courses, their parent/guardian must approve the student's registration via email, and a counselor is required to verify the eligibility requirements found below (all GPA’s based on 4.0 scale)
Juniors and Seniors
- Juniors and seniors with cumulative GPA’s of 3.0 or above are automatically eligible for advanced credit courses.
- Juniors and Seniors with cumulative GPA’s between 2.5-2.99 are also eligible; however, they must provide a signed letter of recommendation from their principal and guidance counselor and provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian (written permission is a part of the online registration system)
- Sophomores with cumulative GPA’s of 3.0 or above are eligible for dual credit courses; however, they must provide a signed letter of recommendation from their principal and guidance counselor and provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian (written permission is a part of the online registration system)
- Freshman who score at or above the 90th percentile on the ACT or SAT, have a cumulative GPA’s of 3.0 or above, provide a signed letter of recommendation from their principal or guidance counselor, and provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian, are eligible for ACP courses.
The Advanced Credit Program fee is about one-fifth of the cost for regular undergraduate courses on campus. Advanced Credit Program courses cost $68 per credit hour. A three-credit course with the ACP costs $204, while a three-credit hour course would cost approximately $1,000 for an undergraduate student to take on campus. Keep in mind that most (but not all) ACP courses are three-credit hours.
Payment of fees can be sent by mail using the mail-in coupon and envelope provided with each billing statement. UMSL accepts payment by check and money order, as well as MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Visa credit cards. See our Payment Options page for more details.
If a student wishes to register for additional semesters, all of his or her fees must be paid off before registering for the following semester. Fees must be paid in full by November 1 (fall semester) and by April 1 (spring semester). Students who have not paid by these deadlines will be dropped for non-payment.
Questions regarding billing statements should be directed to the Advanced Credit Program at (314) 516-7005.
Each school partnered with the ACP will receive scholarships for current ACP students. The schools will determine which of their students receive scholarships based on financial need and academic performance. Students should discuss scholarships with their teachers and guidance counselors. These scholarships are used towards the tuition for ACP courses.
Every ACP student is guaranteed at least $2000 in scholarships to attend UMSL as long as they qualify for admission to the university. This scholarship will be awarded to incoming first-time freshmen at UMSL and is renewable for up to 4 years as long as students maintain a 3.0 GPA. There is no additional application for this scholarship. It is automatic once students have been admitted to UMSL. This scholarship cannot be combined with merit-based scholarships.
The online registration process occurs during the first 2-4 weeks of each semester. Students will be notified about registration dates by the faculty or staff at their school.
For registration instructions, please see this Prezi designed to walk students and parents through the ACP's new online registration system.
Some courses require prerequisites which must be met before you will be allowed to register for a course. Please check with your counselor or contact the ACP office if you have any questions. High school students are also able to participate in Kickstart, a program that enables high school students to take UMSL courses completely online at the same tuition rate as ACP courses.
Payments are not accepted at the time of registration. UMSL will invoice students after applications have been processed.
When you register at UMSL, an email is sent containing your SSO (your UMSL username), a temporary password, and your Student ID. These items are sent to the email address the student uses when signing up for ACP courses. With these items, students can access their credit history with UMSL as well as see their current courses in MyView.
Do not attempt to add or drop courses in the MyView system. These functions are for on-campus students only. Attempting to use these functions may result in a lack of tuition refund and/or a withdrawn course remaining on your transcript. See next section for more information about adding and dropping courses.
Courses may be added throughout the registration period only. Courses may be dropped any time before a grade is issued. Courses may not be dropped after a final grade is issued. To drop a course please send an email with your name, date of birth, high school name and title of course to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to be eligible to receive a refund, courses must be dropped prior to November 1 (fall semester) and April 1 (spring semester). Students who do not pay for their Advanced Credit courses will be dropped for non-payment.
Students should remember that they are enrolled at UMSL through the Advanced Credit Program and are considered undergraduate students at UMSL. As such, ACP students are expected to take personal responsibility for their education; these responsibilities include payment of fees, meeting deadlines, and observing the University's Student Conduct Code.
Upon completion of Advanced Credit Program courses, teachers will send an official grade sheet to the Advanced Credit Program, where it is entered into the UM system, using a standard 4.0 GPA scale. The grade a student earned in an Advanced Credit course appears as part of the student's permanent university record and cannot be dropped. After the grades have been posted to the students' transcripts, they will be available on MyView.
If you are not sure that the college or university you are interested in accepts dual credit credits, this database, provided by the University of Connecticut, is meant to guide dual credit students who plan to transfer their college credit. This database is only to be used as a guide and cannot guarantee the success of credit transfer. All information is subject to change without notice.
All transcript requests must be made via the online request system, which includes the student’s electronic signature. When ready, view the Transcript Request Page; make sure to read the content of the page thoroughly before clicking the green “Start” button at the bottom to start the transcript request.
Visit the UMSL Registration website to learn more about transcripts including costs and other FAQs. For questions regarding transcripts, contact the Records and Transcript office at 314-516-5545, or by email (email@example.com) with any questions. Please do not send transcript request to this email address.
The Advanced Credit Program adheres to all FERPA policies. According to ed.gov, "When a student turns 18 years old or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, all rights afforded to you as a parent under FERPA transfer to the student." To learn more about FERPA, please visit this website.
Advanced Credit students may apply for admission to UMSL as degree-seeking students. Advanced Credit course work that is satisfactorily completed will count toward a degree and all classes will transfer. Application for admission to UMSL can be found at www.umsl.edu/admission or by calling (314) 516-5451.
UMSL student ID cards can be acquired at the Triton Card Office. A driver’s license, state ID, passport, or other government-issued photo identification is required to obtain an UMSL student ID. These cards are valid for the duration of the course(s) in which the students are enrolled and will allow the students access to University of Missouri-St. Louis libraries, on-campus activities, and sporting events. A valid ID card is required to use any UMSL facility.