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.
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).
State has two programs: Postsecondary Enrollment Options and Fast Track
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.
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.
[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).
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
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.
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
State has three programs (no title for any program)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State has two programs: Dual Enrollment and Joint Enrollment
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
“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.
State has two programs: Vermont State Colleges [VSC] Dual Enrollment and No Title
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