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The following list contains resources for current CAP students and parents to help during their time in a USI dual credit course. Click on any of the links to help guide you through the website. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might still have.

Student Guide

How Do I Apply to CAP?

"Nuts and Bolts of CAP" Slideshow (available on CAP homepage)

CAP vs. AP - What's the Difference?

Students and parents may be confused about how CAP differs from Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The FAQs below may answer some questions you might have.

Questions You May Have…

Advanced Placement


Is the potential to earn college credit based on a single test score?



Is a university letter grade awarded and recorded for credit at the   university?



Is the program managed by a post-secondary institution with national   academic accreditation?



Is the instructor required to maintain collegial interaction with a   post-secondary institution faculty liaison regarding course content?



Is the instructor required to at least have a master’s degree?



Transferability of Credits

Before enrolling in the College Achievement Program, it is the student's responsibility to contact the institution to which he or she is seeking admission to determine transferability of CAP credits. The decision to recognize credits is the decision of the receiving institution. 

A student who wants to transfer credit to a specific college or university should check directly with that institution (registrar's office, office of admissions, or academic program of intended major) to determine if a course will be accepted and counted toward graduation.

Credits earned through the College Achievement Program are USI courses and will be waiting for students when they arrive at USI's campus. Even so, before enrolling, students should still consult the University web site for particular requirements of their potential major and USI's general education Core 39 requirements. If you know your intended major, also check out the major program requirements, as some majors specify which courses should be taken to meet Core 39 requirements.

Credit Transfer to Public Institutions in Indiana

Public schools within the state of Indiana have established a Core Transfer Library (CTL). Each course included in the list will transfer to any public college or university in Indiana if an equivalent course exists and if the student has earned an adequate grade in the course. Click here for more information about the CTL and how CAP courses transfer around the state. Check out which schools offer CAP courses here.

*CAP courses not included in the CTL may still transfer to public institutions in Indiana. Check with your college of choice prior to enrolling.

How to use the Core Transfer Library

1. Log on to
2. Hover over 'Earned Credits' and select 'Core Transfer Library'
3. Click 'Search the Core Transfer Library Now' button
4. Select 'Filter by School' and select the alphabetical tier that your prospective school(s) are in.
5. Find the CTL name (if you need the CTL name, reference the CAP course listing) for your USI course on the list and review what the course transfers into the school as by finding the school course number and course title on the same row (be sure to make sure your row headers are visible).

Different institutions give their courses unique names. The CTL assigns courses a generic name to cover the variety of course names throughout the state.

All of the courses shown for a CTL course name are equivalent courses at the respective institution. For example, under the CTL course name, American History 1, you can see that USI's HIST 101 is equal to IU Bloomington's HIST-H105, American History 1.

Credit Transfer to Private Schools & Schools Out of State

Public schools out of state generally accept dual credit transfers, as do some private schools. The registrar's office, admission office, or prospective academic school will be able to verify how credits from a CAP course will be accepted and counted toward graduation requirements.

When contacting an institution to determine how CAP credit will transfer, be sure to have the following information ready:

  1. The name and number of the CAP course (e.g. ENG 101 Rhetoric & Composition)
  2. The course description (available here)
  3. The number of credit hours

Be prepared to ask the following:

  1. Will the course fulfill a graduation requirement or be accepted for elective credit?
  2. Is a minimum grade required for the course to transfer?
  3. Will you send written confirmation of what was agreed to in this conversation?

Students are advised to take a portfolio of their work (including a course syllabus, graded papers, tests and other beneficial information) to new student orientation in order to demonstrate the college work in the course and to gain the transfer credit. If transfer ability is in question, students should go to the subject area department (mathematics, English, etc.) and show the portfolio to the freshman advisor. Persistence on the part of students often meets with a successful transfer of credit. Students should not carry in a USI transcript, as most institutions require it to be sent directly from USI.

CAP Costs

Students enrolling in CAP pay $25 per credit hour for the Priority Dual Credit Liberal Arts and Approved Technical Education Courses as authorized by the Indiana Commission for High Education and Indiana Department of Education. All other CAP courses are $80 per credit hour.

Dual Credit Priority Liberal Arts Course & Approved Technical Education Course Rates

Other CAP Course Rates

1 credit-hour course - $25

1 credit-hour course - $80

2 credit-hour course - $50

2 credit-hour course - $160

3 credit-hour course - $75

3 credit-hour course - $240

4 credit-hour course - $100

4 credit-hour course - $320

For a complete list of USI CAP Courses, total cost and course descriptions

Each USI course is designated a specific numbers of credit hours which determines the amount paid for each class. For example, enrollment in English 101, a three credit-hour course on the Priority List, costs $25 x 3 or $75.  Enrollment in Chemistry 107, a four credit-hour course NOT on the Priority List, costs $80 x 4 or $320.

Certain contingent fees (e.g. parking) are waived for CAP participants. USI is not responsible for purchasing required textbooks and materials. No additional fees beyond tuition should be charged on the student's account; if this is not the case, the CAP Office should be notified.

USI Payment Policy for CAP Students

Please be aware that once the CAP Student Permission Form (SPF) is signed by the student, the parent or guardian and approved by the College Achievement Program office, and once a school has passed the 100% refund window, the student is responsible for the tuition associated with the course(s) chosen. (Refund windows and payment deadlines vary by high school. Scroll to the bottom of the CAP homepage to locate the correct calendar.)

Tuition Waiver for Students Eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch - Updated for 2020-21

Academically qualified students who also are eligible for free or reduced lunch in the current academic year may enroll in CAP at no cost. Even though students in many districts are receiving free lunches regardless of family income level, in order to qualify for the waiver of CAP tuition, the formal application for the National School Lunch Program must be completed and approved by the district or corporation. When completing the CAP student application, be sure to indicate your lunch status. Once verified, your CAP tuition will be waived.  If not verified by the school district, you will be billed the normal per credit hour fee.

How to Pay a CAP Bill

  1. Pay by mail - Detach the bottom portion of your paper statement and return it to the USI Bursar's Office with a personal check, cashier's check or money order made payable to the University of Southern Indiana. The address for the Bursar's Office is: Bursar Office, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Blvd, Evansville, IN  47712. If you do not have a statement, please be sure to write your student ID and name in the memo field of the check, or include a note with identifying information to ensure credit is applied to the proper account. 
  2. Directions for paying online can be found on the Pay My Bill web page.

Students who have a past-due balance from a previous semester will not be allowed to enroll in another CAP course until the previous balance has been paid. Any student with a financial obligation to the University will not be able to transfer credits or enroll at USI as an undergraduate student until that obligation has been met.

529 Plans

You may be able to utilize a 529 plan for CAP tuition. Talk to your financial advisor for more information.

Impact of Dual Credit on Financial Aid

College credit hours accrued through CAP or other accelerated learning options (like AP or IB) may impact your future financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans and/or work study) eligibility. If you plan to attend USI as a degree-seeking student in the future and have questions, contact USI Student Financial Assistance at 812-464-1767.

Children of Veterans

USI's Veteran policy applies to academically qualified CAP students. Credits earned through CAP will be deducted from the total number of credits received from the V.A. Visit USI's Veterans' Support Services Office for more assistance, call 812-464-1857, or email

What is MyUSI?

MyUSI is a multi-purpose online portal that provides access to a USI student resources, such as:

  • Paying your CAP bill
  • Accessing your free USI student email (which can be forwarded)
  • Viewing your grade(s) at the end of the term
  • Requesting your USI transcript to being the process of transferring credits should you go to a college other than USI

Upon acceptance to the College Achievement Program (CAP), you will receive a letter with information to activate your myUSI account. You will want to log in as soon as you receive your letter to become familiar with the resources available as well as forward your USI email account to a often-checked email address of your choice. You also need your myUSI login information to access online resources through the Rice Library. Directions on how to activate your myUSI account are available here.

Should you lose or forget your myUSI login information, please contact the IT Help Desk at 812-465-1080. The student should be the one calling due to privacy issues, and plan to answer security questions to properly identify yourself during that call.

How Do I Activate My Account?

Academic Skills

Another benefit to CAP students is an open invitation to either in-person or online tutoring, sponsored by USI’s Academic Skills department. 

Tutoring must be utilized for only the CAP course(s) in which you are enrolled, and not all courses have tutoring offered each semester. More information about tutoring can be found at or call 812-464-1743 to make an appointment.