College Now

Have a question about College Now? Read on! If you have a question that isn't listed, email Brenda Williams at williamsb@lanecc.edu for an answer.


  • Will my College Now credits impact my financial aid (FAFSA)?

    As a student registering for a College Now course, you are attempting college credit. The credit and grade are part of your permanent Lane transcript, which Financial Aid uses to calculate your Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards and how long it will take to complete your program (150% Maximum Attempted Credit). Financial Aid calculates all attempted college credit even though you were in high school and didn’t receive financial aid.

    It is important that you enroll in College Now courses purposefully, taking time to consider future college degrees or certificates you may pursue and if your College Now courses will meet the specific degree or certificate requirements (or prerequisites).
    You can read more about these policies in the Financial Aid Handbook
  • Will my College Now credits be accepted by all other colleges or universities?

    Yes. The number of credits accepted by other institutions is determined by which programs they have and how many transfer and elective credits they accept. It is important to check with the Admissions Office at each institution to which you plan to send your transcript. Many institutions will accept the majority of professional technical credits you earn.

  • Who Is Eligible For College Now Courses?

    Students register for College Now courses as they do all other high school courses under the same requirements/pre-requisites followed by their high school. Check with your high school counselor.

  • What Is The Difference Between AP and College Now?

    The biggest difference is that to earn AP credit the student takes one standardized test at the end of the term and must score a minimum score to earn credit. AP tests are given at the student's expense and can cost over $80 per course. College Now courses are free and earning the minimum grade for the course allows the student to earn college credit by completing the work of the course without further costly testing.

  • How can a student become involved in College Now (dual credit) courses?

    The process of earning credit is detailed in Steps to College Now Credit

    College Now courses offered at your high school can be found by:

  • After I have completed College Now courses, am I considered a returning student at Lane?

    No. You must reapply for admission to Lane on a Credit application, follow the same new student process as anyone attending Lane for the first time. However, your L# will be the same. 

  • How does repeating a College Now course impact my financial aid (FAFSA)?

    Financial Aid Repeat Rule

    A standard financial aid rule is that a course may only be funded one more time after you received an initial D- or higher.

    If you receive a D- or higher in a College Now course and then want to repeat it through College Now, no matter what the grade is in the repeat, you have used up the repeat funding clause. If you had to take it again at Lane while using financial aid, it would not be calculated into your enrollment level therefore, the 3rd attempt would not be funded.
    College Now credits are considered attempted college credits even though you did not receive financial aid at the time.

    Example of losing funding for a course before being eligible for financial aid
    • 1st attempt: College Now MTH 111 Spring 2016 earned D- grade
    • 2nd attempt: College Now MTH 111 Fall 2016 earned F grade
    • You graduate from high school, come to Lane and find out your College Now MTH 111 grade does not meet program requirements
    • 3rd attempt: at Lane, course MTH 111 Fall 2017 – no financial aid funds for just this course
    In this situation, if your high school allows you to take MTH 111 a 3rd time, you should do so since College Now courses are no cost to the student.

    Example of funding allowed for a repeat
    • 1st attempt: College Now WR 121 Spring 2017 earned D- grade
    • You graduate, come to Lane and find out your College Now WR 121 grade does not meet program requirements
    • 2nd attempt: at Lane, course WR 121 Fall 2017. Financial aid would fund this repeat and only this repeat regardless of grade earned

    Two exception to this rule
    1. The course is considered “repeatable a specified amount of times” in the course descriptions section in the Lane catalog
    2. The College Now credit is from another college
  • Must I attend Lane Community College after high school in order for the College Now credits I've earned to be on a Lane transcript?

    No, but we hope you will choose to continue at Lane. Your credits may be transferred to other colleges/universities without taking further classes at Lane. To request your Lane transcript to be sent to another institution, use the transcript request process at Enrollment Services

  • Is there a student cost for College Now courses?

    These courses are free (no Lane CC tuition is charged to either the student or the high school). All regular high school fees for students would apply. This applies only to College Now and not all other high school student programs. By taking College Now courses you save time and money on college and can start earning college credits while still in high school.

  • How Do I Earn Credits?

    Students must complete all of the following

    1. fill the College Now application to obtain an L#
    2. register for the College Now course
    3. meet specific academic requirements at the same time they are satisfying high school requierments (dual credit)
  • Can I complete my high school diploma at Lane?

    No, High School Connections is not a HS Completion program. Our office facilitates the dual enrollment of local High School students.