Dual Enrollment In Your State

Dual Enrollment

One of the most wonderful opportunities for many high-schooled homeschoolers is the chance to take one or more college courses while they are still in high school. Not only can it be a venue for “outsourcing” some of the more lab-intensive or collaboration-improved courses, but it also allows home schoolers to get a head start on their college degree since many states allow the courses to count as both credit for high school AND college.

Sadly, not every state offers a dual-enrollment program, but for those that do, it’s important to find out what the rules are for enrolling, how the credits are counted, and whether the courses are free to students or require tuition.

We’ve compiled the following list of links by state to help you start the research process for your own homeschool. We hope it will help you make the decision whether a dual enrollment program is available and right for you.

Dual Enrollment Links by State
State Terminology Link Homeschoolers
Eligible?
Notes
AL Early College Enrollment Program (ECEP) Alabama Dual Enrollment Info Yes In addition to dual-enrollment opportunities, AL also offers Early College initiatives and the “Fast Track to College Academy” program.
 AK No statewide policy, dual enrollment is offered on an institutional basis  Alaska Dual Enrollment Info Yes Qualified high school students 16 years of age and older may enroll in one or two UAS courses per semester while still in high school by providing the below documentation.
 AZ State has two programs: Dual Enrollment and Concurrent Enrollment Arizona Dual Enrollment Info Yes Arizona permits students of any age to participate in dual enrollment, and not just juniors and seniors as previously stated.
 AR State has two programs: Dual Enrollment and Concurrent Enrollment Arkansas Dual Enrollment Info Yes  In addition, the early entrant must submit the credentials required of high school graduates except proof of graduation.
 CA Concurrent Enrollment California Dual Enrollment Info Yes  The student will earn both high school and college credit. If the student wishes to receive high school credit for a college class, a 3.0 unit or more one-semester college class will earn one semester of high school credit (5.0 credits).
 CO State has two programs: Postsecondary Enrollment Options and Fast Track Colorado Dual Enrollment Info Yes Homeschoolers are not eligible for Concurrent Enrollment in CO.
 CT High school partnerships program Connecticut Dual Enrollment Info Yes  The Connecticut State University System (CSUS) and the Connecticut Community College System have developed a Transfer Compact which offers Dual Admission to students who are planning to enroll at a CSUS university after completing an associate’s degree.
 DE Dual Enrollment/Awarding of Dual Credit Delaware Dual Enrollment Info  Yes State regulation encourages school districts to offer dual credit courses.
 FL Dual Enrollment Florida Dual Enrollment Info  Yes Public or non-public school students who have a 3.0 GPA can enroll in college credit courses, or students with a 2.0 GPA can enroll in vocational certificate courses.
 GA State has three programs: ACCEL, Dual Enrollment and Joint Enrollment Georgia Dual Enrollment Info Yes Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit courses are primarily available for any eligible 11th or 12th grade (in some limited cases 9th-10th) high school students. They may enroll full-time or part-time in approved credit-bearing college-level courses by the State Board of Education.
 HI Running Start Hawaii Dual Enrollment Info Yes Running Start and is offered on many college camp use.
ID Postsecondary Enrollment Options Idaho Dual Enrollment Info Yes Both dual credit and dual enrollment through partnership between high schools and colleges.
 IL No statewide policy, dual enrollment is offered on an institutional basis Illinois Dual Enrollment Info Yes Dual credit is not mandated but integrated into the structure of education. All 48 community colleges offer some form of dual credit. Nearly three-quarters of all high schools participate.
 IN State has three programs: the Postsecondary Enrollment Program, Double Up for College, and Fast Track to College Indiana Dual Enrollment Info Yes Universities offer introductory levelcourses at the high school, often taught by high school teachers trained by the post secondary institutions awarding credit
 IA State has two programs: Postsecondary Enrollment Options and Concurrent Enrollment Iowa Dual Enrollment Info Yes  [July 27, 2011 - Des Moines]  Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill into law allowing homeschoolers to show the academic proficiency needed for no-cost college classes—known as PSEO, or post secondary enrollment option—through any one of five methods: (i) the recommendation of the student’s supervising teacher, (ii) the student’s regular year-end assessment, (iii) a PSAT score of 141, (iv) an ACT score of 21, or (v) an SAT score of 990 (math + verbal).
 KS Concurrent Enrollment Kansas Dual Enrollment Info Yes  A student can earn up 24 concurrent hours while still in high school.
 KY State has two programs: Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment Kentucky Dual Enrollment Info  Yes
 LA State has two programs: TOPS-Tech Early Start Award, and Early Start. In addition, voluntary agreements between high schools and postsecondary partners are referred to here as Traditional Dual Enrollment Louisiana Dual Enrollment Info Yes No state mandated programs, but many are found throughout the state
ME No title. The state also has a smaller dual enrollment program not generated by policy, Early College for ME, targeted at high school seniors with college potential but no plans for college Maine Dual Enrollment Info Yes A new initiative called College ReadyMaine is underway.
MD No title. State allows high school students to be dually enrolled in a high school and an institution of higher education Maryland Dual Enrollment Info Yes
MA No title Massachusetts Dual Enrollment Info Yes Student participation in CDEP is at the discretion of the participating institution of higher education, subject to capacity constraints and state appropriation.
MI State has two programs (no title for either program) Michigan Dual Enrollment Info Yes Post-Secondary Enrollment Options(PSEO) for eligible high school students. Eligibility criteria include: students must be in grades 11 or 12, enrolled in at least one high school course, and have taken the state assessment exam.
MN Postsecondary Enrollment Options Minnesota Dual Enrollment Info  Yes State statutes mandate that schools must provide students with dual enrollment opportunities. The state has also set participation guidelines that include: students may not take more than the equivalent of two years of coursework through the program and schools may not offer students developmental or remedial coursework. Students pay no tuition or associated costs
MS State has three programs (no title for any program) Mississippi Dual Enrollment Info  Yes High school credit is not currently awarded for dual enrollment.
MO No title Missouri Dual Enrollment Info  Offered ONLY in the public high schools Permits high school students at any grade level to enroll in dual credit courses.
MT State has two programs: Running Start and Class 8 Alternative License Montana Dual Enrollment Info Yes  A dual-credit course awards both high school credit and college credit for a college course taken by the high school student.
NE State has two programs: Dual Credit and Concurrent Enrollment Nebraska Dual Enrollment Info Yes UNO’s Dual Enrollment program allows academically talented students to earn college credit while still in high school.
NV No title. Nevada Dual Enrollment Info  Yes (Subject to approval of specific institution) The state has many dual credit programs with community colleges as well as University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of Nevada-Reno
NH No statewide policy, dual enrollment is offered on an institutional basis New Hampshire Dual Enrollment Info Yes While there is no statewide policy in New Hampshire, dual enrollment is offered on an institutional basis.
NJ No title New Jersey Dual Enrollment Info  Yes  Districts and postsecondary institutions may create partnerships in which college courses are offered to high school students on postsecondary campuses and in high schools
NM Dual Credit New Mexico Dual Enrollment Info Yes Early Admittance Program for high
academic achievers. There is a limitation
on the number of classes that can be
taken. Local institutions set entrance
requirements.
NY No state policy New York Dual Enrollment Info Yes Dual enrollment of high school students
in college courses controlled by
postsecondary institutions
NC State has two programs: “Huskins Bill” and Concurrent Enrollment North Carolina Dual Enrollment Info Yes  State has two programs: ”Huskins Bill” and Concurrent Enrollment. The Huskins Bill program provides that an agreement between a district and community college will allow students in grades 9-12 to enroll in college courses for college credit. Concurrent Enrollment allows a high school student who is at least 16 years old to enroll in community college courses for college credit.
ND Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program North Dakota Dual Enrollment Info Yes (Only through ND Center for Distance Education) North Dakota’s dual-credit program allows students in grades 10 through 12 to take college courses and receive college credit, which also may be used to meet high school graduation requirements. Tuition, fees, books and other costs are the student’s responsibility.
OH Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program Ohio Dual Enrollment Info Yes Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program. High school students are allowed to take college courses for credit either at a high school or on a college campus.
OK Concurrent Enrollment Oklahoma Dual Enrollment Info Yes Concurrent enrollment received “a shot in the arm” in September 2010 when the Oklahoma State Regents of Higher Education (OSRHE) endorsed a two-year pilot program for the first time allowing an Oklahoma college to credential high school teachers to teach college courses in the high schools.
OR Expanded Options Program Oregon Dual Enrollment Info Yes A large program allows students to earn
college credit while in high school.
PA Concurrent Enrollment Pennsylvania Dual Enrollment Info Yes The operation of programs is regionalized not centralized.
RI No statewide policy, dual enrollment opportunities are being provided through locally and privately funded initiatives Rhode Island Dual Enrollment Info  Yes  Offers a summer dual enrollment program.
SC Dual Enrollment South Carolina Dual Enrollment Info Yes  Dual enrollment courses should be made available only to those who have mastered or nearly mastered the complete high school curriculum and who are capable of college-level coursework which, by definition, is more advanced than the regular high school curriculum provides.
SD No title South Dakota Dual Enrollment Info Yes  The dual enrollment policy in South Dakota, which was enacted through a legislative bill passed in 1990, allows high school students to get a jump start on their college career while fulfilling high school requirements.
TN State has two programs: Dual Enrollment and Joint Enrollment Tennessee Dual Enrollment Info Yes Joint enrollment refers to the enrollment
of a high school student in one or more
college courses for which the student will
earn only college credit. The joint
enrollment category is for the student
who has completed the junior year in
high school and is still enrolled in a high
school program of study
TX Dual Credit Texas Dual Enrollment Info  Yes  Courses are offered by accredited colleges and include both academic and career/technical courses.
UT Concurrent Enrollment Utah Dual Enrollment Info  Yes  ”Concurrent Enrollment” is a Utah Valley University – High School partnership program, where qualified students can earn tuition-free college credit. College classes are taught at the high school by UVU-approved, high school instructors using college curriculum.
VT State has two programs: Vermont State Colleges [VSC] Dual Enrollment and No Title Vermont Dual Enrollment Info Yes  Eligible students may take one college course tuition free at designated Vermont colleges and universities while they are still in high school or during the summer after they graduate.
VA Has 2 programs: Dual Enrollment and Concurrent Enrollment Virginia Dual Enrollment Info  Yes Senior Year Plus initiative allows high
school seniors to complete high school
requirements while concurrently earning
at least 15 hours of transferable college
credit
WA Running Start Washington Dual Enrollment Info  Yes The local higher education institution rather
than the high school sets eligibility
requirements.
WV No title West Virginia Dual Enrollment Info  Yes State statute requires higher education to
provide college learning opportunities to
high school students; Guidelines have
been developed.
WI Youth Options Program Wisconsin Dual Enrollment Info  Yes State and local school district funding;
Revised in 2004 so that school districts
pay for students to enroll at no cost
unless there are comparable courses at
the high schools. State mandates that all
districts participate.
WY No title Wyoming Dual Enrollment Info Yes Limited dual credit program; students
must pay tuition costs

 

 


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July 15, 2012

Comments

  1. Valerie says:
    Posted July 22, 2014 6:06 pm

    Please include this more recent information about Ohio's Post-Secondary Enrollment Option for home educated students: http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/School-Choice/Post-Secondary-Enrollment-Options-PSEO/PSEO-EnrollmentNonpublic_HomeSchool.pdf.aspx Recent changes in laws now allow for home educated students to receive state funding for PSEOP in Ohio.

    There is a lot of legwork and paperwork involved, and the caveat is that there might not be funds available for students to take more than one class PER SCHOOL YEAR. My son enrolled for 2014-2015 as a home educated senior and was only allocated enough funds for 4 semester credits for the entire school year (not per semester). It seems to be what most home educated kids in my area are receiving.

    Homeschooled students may still receive dual credits *without* state funding under Option A in which the parents would pay for the cost of the college classes while the student is still in their high school years. Most campuses require some kind of placement testing.

  2. Jennifer says:
    Posted June 20, 2014 4:02 pm

    In Wisconsin, homeschool students cannot dual-enroll. See http://youthoptions.dpi.wi.gov/files/youthoptions/pdf/yo_faq.pdf question #16. :(

  3. Kerry says:
    Posted September 4, 2013 3:53 pm

    Thanks SO much for the feedback, Carol. We're busy updating our notes and links on this page, so all personal state-specific experience is REALLY appreciated!

  4. Carol says:
    Posted September 4, 2013 3:50 pm

    In Indiana, homeschool students can dual enroll directly with the university and take courses there. They do not have to attend the local high school that may also offer dual enrollment. Typically students are allowed to start taking courses in their junior year, but younger students have been accepted with good SAT scores. Call your local college or branch campus to find out more information.

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