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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Dual Credit Program?

The Dual Credit Program is a partnership program offered through Seneca and various school boards in the GTA. The program offers high school students with the unique opportunity to experience college by taking a college course while they are still in high school!

A “Dual Credit” is a College course that is offered to secondary school students. If the student is successful in the course, the student will receive two credits. The first credit goes towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and the second credit can go towards a College course. Essentially, this means that for taking one Dual Credit course a high school student can earn two credits (one towards their high school diploma and the other credit towards a College diploma).

Dual Credit courses are completely FREE for high school students.

If you are a high school student, contact your high school guidance counselor. If you are a teacher, school board representative or college staff member, please contact the Dual Credit Team.

Where are the Dual Credit Courses offered?

Courses are offered at Newnham, Markham, Seneca@York and Jane Campus. Click here for detailed information about Seneca Dual Credit Course Offerings.

Seneca’s Dual Credit courses are most often delivered in the following ways:

Secondary School Students are integrated into an existing college class taught by a college professor on campus, with current Seneca Students

A class with only Secondary School Students, taught by a College Professor at the Secondary School; or
A class with only Secondary School Students, taught by a College Professor at Seneca College.

How is my Dual Credit course officially documented?

Once you successfully complete the course, you will receive a College grade published on your Seneca transcript. The grade will be sent (by the Seneca College Program Assistants) to your high school Principal and then documented on your secondary school transcript.

How much does it cost to take a Dual Credit course?

The Dual Credit program is absolutely free! There is no cost to the student including tuition, books and other fees.

Who is eligible for the program?

Speak to your Guidance Counselor to ask if you are eligible to take a Dual Credit course.

I have an IEP, what services exist for me, a student with a disability?

Seneca’s Counselling and Accessibility Services, The Learning Centre, and Health Services offer assistance programs and informational resources for Dual Credit students. To book an appointment and explore your options for accommodations please visit Counselling & Accessibility Services. You are also encouraged to speak to the Dual Credit Team for assistance.

What if I do not complete the course?

If you do not complete the course, you can withdraw from the course prior to the withdrawal deadline. This will show as a “DNC” (Did Not Complete) on your Official College Transcript. A “DNC” does not affect your College GPA. To request a Withdrawal Form or to inquire about the withdrawal process, please contact the Dual Credit Team. Students under the age of 18 must have their parent/guardian sign the Withdrawal Form.

Do I need to come to every class?

To gain the full Seneca experience and successfully earn your credit it’s imperative that you attend classes regularly. It is Seneca policy and school board policy that secondary school students attend class. Your course instructor will record attendance weekly which is then shared with your high school.

How do I get to Seneca on the day of my Dual Credit course?

Your high school Dual Credit Teacher will assist you in securing the appropriate transportation to the Seneca location that your course is being offered. Transportation to Seneca is free for Dual Credit students.

Will I get a Seneca Student ID Card?

Yes, as a Dual Credit Student you will receive a student card called a Seneca OneCard. At your orientation you will be issued this photo ID card that grants you access to the library, computer commons and so much more!

What is like to be a Seneca student?

As a Dual Credit Student at Seneca, you can access a number of services offered at each of our campuses. If you can't find the service you need at the campus you are attending, you can visit any one of our other campuses to ensure your needs are met. Also, you are always encouraged to contact the Dual Credit Team if you have any questions while you are a Dual Credit Student.

The Learning Centre
Counselling & Accessibility Services
Student Services
Career Services
Degree Transfer
Seneca Athletics and Recreation

What are the academic expectations while taking a Dual Credit course?

As a Dual Credit student, you are considered a Seneca student – following the same policies and regulations that Seneca asks its students to adhere to while they are completing their studies. It’s your responsibility to ensure you review the following policies for more information on Student expectations.

Academic Policy
Student Rights & Responsibilities
Student Conduct Office

What are some useful links?

Seneca Links

  • My.Seneca - Access your course material, webmail, and important news and information about the College.
  • Webmail - Your email account where Seneca Professors and Staff can communicate with you.
  • Password Service - The College requires you to update your log in password every 45days.
  • Student Centre - You can check your final grades, change your mailing address and see your timetable.
  • Library Website - Your link to access free to online articles, journals, books etc.

External Links