students & parents

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Welcome, VU Project EXCEL students and parents! Congratulations on your decision to get a jump start on your college career.  We are excited that you chose Indiana's first dual credit program, Project EXCEL, to accelerate and enrich your learning path. Project EXCEL courses are available to eligible high school students who meet all applicable course prerequisite and placement score requirements, established by Vincennes University and/or Project EXCEL. Please refer to the information below to begin the enrollment process, and learn more about the eBill procedures.

Benefits to Students

  • A way to fulfill Academic Honors and Technical Honors diploma requirements.
  • Get an early start in college - prepare for the challenge of college coursework.
  • Opportunity for hands-on experience in many career and technical courses.
  • Only $25 per credit hour - a significant savings over traditional college tuition.
  • Fee Waivers for students who qualify under the Free and Reduced lunch program.
  • Fee Waivers for select Career and Technical Education courses.

Student requirements

  • Must be a high school student with junior or senior level status, to enroll in most Project EXCEL courses. Eligible sophomores, having completed two years of the same high school foreign language, are permitted to enroll in first-year VU dual credit foreign language courses.
  • Must meet all applicable course prerequisite requirements, including minimum placement test scores, as established for Project EXCEL course participation (for detailed information, view the  Course Listing & Placement Chart).
  • Must adhere to all program requirements and guidelines as outlined in the Policies and Procedures and Student Handbook (see file below).
  • Social Security Number Requirements: Social Security numbers are required to be submitted by all Project EXCEL students if they are US citizens. Students must enter their SSN on the student registration carbonless forms, and if the student has their number available, on the OEF. If you have any questions, please refer to IRS Form W9-S Revised March 2008, Page 2, Part III. Requester Information - Penalties:

Penalties

  1. If you fail to furnish your correct SSN or ITIN to the requester, you are subject to a penalty of $50 unless your failure is due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect.
  2. If the requester discloses or uses your SSN or ITIN in violation of federal law, the requester may be subject to civil and criminal penalties.

Get started

  • Contact your high school guidance counselor or teacher to determine which VU courses are available for dual credit at your high school or career center.
  • Determine whether you meet the course prerequisite requirements for each course as listed in the  Course Listing and Placement Chart.
  • Students must complete the Project EXCEL online application, prior to submitting the course registration form.
  • Course registration forms are available from your teacher or counselor.  Students must print legibly and fill in all requested information on the registration form, including both student and parent signatures.

Our catalog and campus map are available online for your convenience:

Important Forms

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Online Application

All current, and prospective, Project EXCEL students are required to complete a VU Project EXCEL (fall term) Online Application prior to registering for Project EXCEL dual credit courses. This form is designed to capture student demographic and contact information, will allow a VU Student ID (A#) to be generated and emailed to new Project EXCEL students. The A# is now REQUIRED for Project EXCEL course registration and VU Accuplacer testing purposes.

Students should complete the online application before or during the first week of class. New students, needing to take the Accuplacer placement test, should complete the online application at least one week prior to the scheduled testing date to ensure they receive their A#, which is required to take the test.

Additional Information

Returning students must also complete the online application, each academic year, to reactivate their student status and to verify all information previously submitted is current. This includes the student's mailing address, phone number, and email address.

IMPORTANT - Students who did not enroll in fall or yearlong courses, but are planning to enroll in spring courses, should complete the Project EXCEL (spring term) online application prior to December 15.

ALL students are still required to complete the four-part paper registration form in order to register for Project EXCEL courses (the online application does NOT replace the paper registration form).

Social Security Number Requirements

Social Security numbers are required to be submitted by all Project EXCEL students if they are US citizens. Students must enter their SSN on the student registration carbonless forms, and if the student has their number available, on the online application. If you have any questions, please refer to IRS Form W9-S Revised March 2008, Page 2, Part III. Requester Information - Penalties:

  1. Failure to furnish correct SSN or ITIN. If you fail to furnish your correct SSN or ITIN to the requester, you are subject to a penalty of $50 unless your failure is due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect.
  2. Misuse of SSN or ITIN. If the requester discloses or uses your SSN or ITIN in violation of federal law, the requester may be subject to civil and criminal penalties.

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Electronic Billing

VU utilizes an electronic billing (eBill) system for all students, allowing students, or their parents, to submit an online payment using a credit card or e-check. Electronic billing statements, for Project EXCEL dual credit courses, will be sent directly to the student’s MyVU account.

Please refer to the document below for more information and instructions. Fees may also be paid via phone, through VU's Bursar, at 812-888-4244. Press option 7 and have the student's VU Student ID Number (A#) or Social Security Number available for verification purposes.

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Diverse Abilities & Accommodations 

Students seeking accommodations and support from VU’s Office of Diverse Abilities and Accommodations must submit their request and documentation prior to, or at the beginning of, the semester in which they are enrolled for dual credit courses. In the college setting, the accommodations authorized may not match those granted for high school courses, since the laws that apply to colleges and universities are not the same laws that apply to the K through 12 school system. Students taking dual credit courses, for college credit, are held to the college requirements.

Additional information may be found on the Office of Diverse Abilities and Accommodations website, under Early College/Project EXCEL Dual Credit, or by contacting the Diverse Abilities and Accommodations office at  disabilityservices@vinu.edu or 812-888-4501.

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Advising & Resources

The purpose of dual credit advising is to help you navigate the process of earning college credit while still in high school. By considering the interests and future plans, resources and support are available to ensure you are taking courses to help reduce your time to a college degree.

Course Planning

Choosing appropriate courses will save you time and money on your way to your college degree. Choose courses that are right for you by considering the following tips:

  1. What are your academic goals?
  2. What type of courses are you interested in taking?
  3. What requirement is the course fulfilling (either high school diploma requirement or college degree/certificate requirement)?
  4. Do you meet any applicable course prerequisites and/or placement scores?
  5. How many classes or credit hours would benefit you the most?

Resources:

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Transcript Requests

Do you need a copy of your Vincennes University transcripts? To request an official transcript be sent to another university, for the purpose of transferring VU dual credit, please click here. Official transcripts can be delivered electronically in as little as 15 minutes from when you place your order. There is a $5 fee for each electronic request. Please confirm the email address of the intended institution, or recipient, of the official transcript. 

We recommend that you review your unofficial transcript on your MyVU student portal, prior to ordering, to verify that all final grades have been recorded and will appear on your official transcript. All reorders will be at the student’s expense. 

As a reminder, financial obligations with the University must be met before a transcript will be released.  Please contact the Bursar's office at bursar@vinu.edu for resolving any outstanding financial obligations.

Post secondary institutions WILL NOT award credit for dual credit courses taken through other institutions based solely upon a dual credit designation on the student's high school transcript.

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