Earning College Credits in High School

Advance Placement (AP) Courses

Advanced Placement courses – commonly referred to as AP courses – are courses taken in high school that can be counted for college credit. Learn more on our AP webpage.


Nebraska Now is a program where qualified juniors and seniors may enroll in online college courses through UNL and earn college credit while still in high school. The courses are regular first-year offerings from the various colleges at UNL. Student expenses include a one-time application fee of $45, course tuition of $250 per class plus books & materials. If you earn a “B” or better in a class that is taken during the Fall semester, you may be eligible for a $1000 scholarship to UNL when you enroll after high school.

If any of your students are interested in taking courses through Nebraska Now, visit admissions.unl.edu/apply. More information about the program is available at admissions.unl.edu/nebraskanow.

The Career Academy

Check out what The Career Academy (TCA) has to offer. The Career Academy is a joint venture between Lincoln Public Schools and Southeast Community College for juniors and seniors. The goal of TCA is to provide academic and real world experiences to high school students through high school and dual credit courses in 16 different career pathways. For the application and for more information, visit the website.

Newman Institute – Fall Courses Available

Pius students have the opportunity to take a class through the Newman Institute this fall. Course offerings include ENG 241 – Introduction to the Great Books I: Seekers, Sojourners and Pilgrims and HUM 251- Humanities Seminar I : Love and Friendship. Tuition is $650 per course and the instructor is Dr. John Freeh, Director of the Newman Institute. Pius students may get English credit for Pius and these courses will count for elective credits at UNL. For more information, go to https://newmaninstitute.com.

DC Advantage

DC Advantage courses are college classes taken online through Southeast Community College.  Many four-year colleges accept these credits as transfer, and Pius will accept the credit.  The tuition is very low, and scholarships are available for students who have financial need.  This is a wonderful way to get started on college during high school.  Also, Pius will give students a period during the day to devote to their college course, if desired.  Contact your counselor for further information.

See the available courses.

Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship

This scholarship is for financially needy students who desire to take college courses during high school. The UNL Nebraska Now Program, Southeast Community College classes (on campus, DC Advantage and The Career Academy), and regular on-campus UNL classes may be paid for through the ACE Scholarship if a student qualifies (financial need) and applies. The application for the ACE Scholarship is at https://ccpe.nebraska.gov/ACE and click on Financial Aid.