Dual Enrollment In Your State

Dual Enrollment
Updated August 2017

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. Students can also enroll through Anchorage Public School System.
 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 eligible for part time participation. See FAQ document.
 CT High school partnerships program Connecticut Dual Enrollment Info Yes  The University of Connecticut offers a dual enrollment for high school students.
 DE Dual Enrollment/Awarding of Dual Credit Delaware Dual Enrollment Info  Yes State regulation encourages school districts to offer dual credit courses. Apply at the various universities and colleges that offer dual credit.
 FL Dual Enrollment Florida Dual Enrollment Info  Yes Home Education 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 Move On When Ready Dual Enrollment Georgia Dual Enrollment Info Yes The University System of Georgia has developed the MOWR program which all public, private, and home educated students are eligible to participate. Must apply to college first.
 HI Running Start Hawaii Dual Enrollment Info Yes Running Start and is offered on many college campuses.
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 level courses at the high school, often taught by high school teachers trained by the post secondary institutions awarding credit.
 IA Senior Year Plus Iowa Dual Enrollment Info Yes  Homeschooled students have access to the Senior Year Plus dual enrollment process. FAQ sheet.
 KS Concurrent Enrollment Kansas Dual Enrollment Info Yes  A student can earn up 24 concurrent hours while still in high school. Must apply to desired state college. Example: Crowley College
 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 Must apply to the desired state college and submit to their admissions procedures.
ME Early College and typical dual enrollment. Maine Dual Enrollment Info Yes Early College for ME and ON COURSE for COLLEGE programs are available.
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
MS State has three programs (no title for any program) Mississippi Dual Enrollment Info  Yes
MO Dual Credit Missouri Dual Enrollment Info  Yes A postsecondary course option allows eligible students to attend vocational or academic classes on a college or university campus and receive both high school and college credit.
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 The state has many dual credit programs with community colleges as well as University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of Nevada-Reno. Student must submit to admission requirements.
NH Running Start New Hampshire Dual Enrollment Info Yes Running Start program allows students to earn college credit while in high school.
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.
NY No state policy New York Dual Enrollment Info Yes Dual enrollment of high school students
in college courses controlled by
postsecondary institutions
NC Career and College Promise North Carolina Dual Enrollment Info Yes
ND Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program North Dakota Dual Enrollment Info Yes 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 College Credit Plus 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
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 RIDE program Rhode Island Dual Enrollment Info  Yes  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
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  State program now available.
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. Voucher Request
VA Early College Scholars Virginia Dual Enrollment Info  Yes allows high
school seniors to earn
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 Dual Enrollment and EDGE 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
WY Dual and Concurrent Wyoming Dual Enrollment Info Yes Free for high school students

 

 


 


July 15, 2012

Comments

  1. Aimee says:
    Posted July 19, 2016 2:19 pm

    Found a great resource about the benefits of Dual Enrollment on this site: https://www.homeschoolacademy.com/home-school-programs/online-dual-enrollment/

    They also offer online dual enrollment classes to students in any state. Lots of courses to choose from. My daughter took 4 courses per semester--went really well.

  2. Andrea Tribolet says:
    Posted January 29, 2016 1:31 am

    FYI, in California each community college may have different implementation for dual/concurrent enrollment. One community college may only allow only one class to be taken, while others have arrangements with local school districts where students enrolled at a particular school can take more classes on the college campus. Still others may have arrangements with specific high school and only offer the college classes to their students. I strongly encourage anyone interested in dual enrollment in California (or anywhere for that matter) to research the particular community college in their area and the local school district to understand the process.

  3. Jamie says:
    Posted September 10, 2015 11:12 am

    Hi Leigh,
    I've went ahead and researched this... from what I see... Homeschoolers can participate in dual enrollment. However, for public schooled students it is free while homeschooled students must pay for the regular college tuition in order to receive the credits.

  4. Leigh says:
    Posted September 9, 2015 9:59 am

    In Wisconsin, homeschool students canNOT dual enroll. It would be great if you could fix this on your list.

  5. Laura says:
    Posted March 18, 2015 5:45 pm

    Great info! I am from Kansas and I clicked the link, but it is broken.

  6. Jamie says:
    Posted October 23, 2014 3:26 pm

    I believe that you can, as long as the dual enrollment course is open. So, that will depend on where you plan to take your dual enrollment course. If it is live at a local college you will have to wait until the course registration is open.

  7. Emily Wetzel says:
    Posted October 23, 2014 2:35 pm

    can I enroll at any point in the year?

  8. 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.

  9. 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. :(

  10. 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!

  11. 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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