Earning College Credit through EFE
What are the benefits to earning college credit while still in high school?
What does “articulation” mean?
Articulation means that EFE teachers and the faculty from a partnering college have agreed upon the content, competencies, and conditions that must be met for students to earn college credit for their high school course work. The college must agree that the high school class is parallel or similar enough to the college course that it can be approved for credit. This process of examining and comparing the expectations and requirements for classes is called articulation. Each of the articulation agreements is updated and reviewed every year to ensure that the courses are in line with post-secondary partners, with the goal of expanding the amount of credits available for EFE students.
What colleges offer articulated credit through EFE?
The following post-secondary institutions have an articulation agreement in place with EFE:
- Baker College
- Davenport University
- Ferris State University
- Grand Rapids Community College
- Kellogg Community College
- Kalamazoo Valley Community College
- Lake Michigan College
- Michigan Career & Technical Institute
- Nashville Auto Diesel College
- Northwestern Michigan College
- Washtenaw Community College
- University of Northwestern Ohio
The list of participating schools continues to evolve, so please feel free to check back from time to time to get the most recent information.
Do I need to achieve a certain grade in my EFE class in order to get college credits? Are there other requirements to earn credit? Or does everybody who takes this class automatically get the college credit?
Students must receive a B grade or higher in their EFE program to receive college credit. Each of the post-secondary school partnerships have varying degrees of requirements to qualify for articulated credit such as attendance or class participation. The college admissions office or high school counselors are great resources.
I'm applying to colleges. How do I let my college know that I've earned credits in my EFE class? What paperwork is involved?
Each school varies. Please review the following instruction sheets.
I lost my KVCC articulation paperwork. Now what? How can I get another copy?
Contact the EFE office at (269) 250-9300 and ask to be issued a new articulation certificate.
How much money can I save by getting my college credits through EFE?
Getting college credits through EFE is like getting a “scholarship” in terms of financial savings. The credits awarded through EFE are free. As such, the costs of tuition, fees, books, and supplies are saved that would otherwise be charged if the course(s) is (are) taken at college.
Where can I find out which EFE courses offer college credits?
When will articulated credit appear on my college transcript?
The admissions office at the post-secondary school of choice will best be able to provide the answer to this question.
My EFE class is a dual-enrolled program. Is that different than articulated credit?
Dual-enrollment is different than articulated credit. A student that is participating in a dual-enrolled program is taking an actual course(s) at the local community college, taught by a community college instructor rather than at the high school facility. The students will receive credit from the community college for the course(s) that they are taking and will also receive high school credit. A student who is getting articulated credit for a course is not enrolled at the community college, but receives articulated credit due to the similarity of content between the high school program and the community college course.
How does getting college school credit for my EFE class save time?
Students who start college with some college credit already under their belt have more time and flexibility in their college semester schedule to enroll in other classes of interest. This allows the student to take higher level courses sooner, to take lighter course loads allowing more time to study, or provide opportunities for other activities such as part-time employment. In addition, EFE classes help prepare students for college-level coursework in terms of study skills and familiarity with subject content, which may even save time studying during first-semester classes because students study more efficiently.