Dual Degree Program

How would you like to receive your high school diploma and a college associate's degree at once?

A new collaboration between McHenry County College and several districts offers students an opportunity to take advantage of this dual degree program, providing a faster and more cost-effective approach to their higher education.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Dual Degree Program

District 200 Application
Information

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District 200 and MCC Dual Degree Program Benefits

  • Cost-friendly
  • Rigorous, but very manageable
  • Provides a cohort of students who can support and collaborate
  • Participating students can still be involved in all high school activities, including fine arts, athletics, and other electives
  • Allows participants to enjoy the high school experience while getting comfortable with college course work at the same time

Program Cost Estimate

Credit Hours: 60 (Estimated 20 MCC, 40 D200)

Cost Breakdown per Institution and Individual:
⅓ of credit cost per student (20 credit hours) to Woodstock Community Unit District 200 $ 887.25
⅓ of credit cost (20 credit hours) per student to MCC $ 887.25
⅓ of credit cost (20 credit hours) per student, $393 fees, approximately $600 in textbooks $1,838.00

Comparable costs to attain an Associate of Arts degree after high school at MCC is $6,988 including the costs for tuition and fees.

  • Is the Dual Degree Program the right fit for my D200 student?
    The ideal student for this program includes any current 9th-grade student who is enrolled in a minimum of Geometry as their math class and does not plan to go into a math or science-related career.
  • What year in high school do you start this program in D200?

    Students can apply to participate in this program during October of their Freshman (9th grade) year. Courses would officially begin the summer after Freshman year.

  • How much will this cost our family?

    Students will be required to pay for one-third of the tuition for any class taught by an MCC instructor. If the course is taught in District 200 by one of our staff, there is no tuition fee for that class, but there may still be class fees for individual classes. Students who participate in the National Free/Reduced Lunch Program will have their tuition waived in an effort to allow these students the opportunity to participate.

  • Is transportation provided?

    Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from their courses at McHenry County College (MCC). If transportation is an issue, consider speaking with your counselor about online course opportunities.

  • What if I can’t finish the full 60 credits?

    The Dual Degree program is designed to allow students to earn the Associate of Arts Degree (AA) (60 credits) at the culmination of the program. This program has been crafted to allow students the flexibility to complete the required courses towards their Associate of Arts Degree while providing an added dimension of flexibility so students can pursue personal areas of interest. The chart below represents the list of the most common colleges and universities attended, as reported by District 200 graduates. This list is designed to provide a financial comparison between the cost to obtain 60 credits in the Dual Degree program and the cost to earn 60 credits at the corresponding universities listed below.

    The cost for each college or university is based on two years of enrollment at 15 credits per semester.
    College/University Type of Institution Tuition and Fees for 60 credits
    McHenry County College public, two-year $6,988
    Northern Illinois University public, four-year $28,598
    Illinois State University public, four-year $29,032
    University of Illinois public, four-year $32,420
    University of Wisconsin public, four-year $37,784
    Loyola University Chicago private, four-year $90,606

Contact District 200

For more information, visit www.woodstockschools.org/dualdegree or contact D200 school counseling at Woodstock High School (815) 206-2252 or Woodstock North High School (815) 334-2124.

With special thanks to Jesus Sanchez, Woodstock North High School graduate, class of 2018, for designing the dual degree logo.

Harvard DUO Program logo

The District 50 DUO Program

The DUO Program is an early college program that was created through a collaborative partnership between McHenry County College (MCC) and Harvard Community Unit School District 50. The program provides academically-motivated students enrolled in District 50 an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and Associate of Arts degree simultaneously. During their four years of school, students will take a combination of Dual Credit courses offered through District 50 at Harvard High School, and MCC courses offered at the McHenry County College campus.

Student Application Process

The ideal candidate for the DUO Program is a student who has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to their academics. In order to qualify for some of the course work, students may need to take placement tests in English and Math. Due to the nature of those placement tests, it is recommended that students be enrolled in Algebra 2, or show a strong proficiency in Geometry, during their sophomore year. If you have questions about whether or not this is a good fit, students and families are encouraged to meet with their high school counselor.

The DUO Program process: Please be sure to fill out all of the following forms. If all forms are not completed, the application will be considered incomplete. The application window will be open from November 1 to January 15 for the Class of 2024.

  1. Attend Informational Meeting - The application period for 2021-22 has closed.
  2. Application Process - A completed application would include the following documents. All must be submitted for your application to be considered complete.
    • Student Application
    • Student Essay Questions
    • Student Recommendation Process
  3. Counselors and Administrators review applications
  4. Notification of who was accepted into the program
  5. Orientation for the Dual Degree participants and families
  • Is the Dual Degree Program the right fit for my D50 student?
    The ideal student for this program includes any current 10th grade student who is enrolled in a minimum of Geometry as their math class and does not plan to go into a math or science-related career.
  • What year in high school do you start this program in D50?

    Students can apply to participate in this program during December of their sophomore (10th grade) year. Courses would officially begin the summer after sophomore year.

  • How much will this cost our family?

    Students will be required to purchase books and other course materials. Tuition and course fees are covered by Harvard CUSD 50, the Harvard Education Foundation, and McHenry County College.

  • Is transportation provided?

    Harvard CUSD 50 will provide transportation to MCC during the school year for the class offered in the morning. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from their courses at McHenry County College (MCC) during the summer programming and/or if they take a class outside the morning programming. If transportation is an issue, consider speaking with your counselor about online course opportunities.

  • What if I can’t finish the full 60 credits?

    Students are encouraged to take as many credits as they can to help them get a head start earning college credit. A student can still participate in the program and not complete the full Associate of Arts degree. The level of recognition will look different from those students who do complete all requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree.

To learn more about The DUO Program with MCC, visit www.cusd50.org/duo

Interested in other dual-credit opportunities with MCC? See www.mchenry.edu/dualcredit