Florida high school students may take free classes at colleges and universities and get credit toward their high school diploma and an associate or baccalaureate degree simultaneously. The dual enrollment program allows high school students to earn credit toward high school completion and a career certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree. Home educated students and public and private school students in grades 6--12 are eligible for dual enrollment. Early admission is a form of dual enrollment that allows high school seniors to enroll in college or career courses at colleges and universities on a full-time basis.
Public, private, and home educated high school students may enroll in courses creditable toward both a high school diploma and a career certificate or an associate or baccalaureate degree provided the following eligibility criteria are met.
General Eligibility Criteria
- Hold a 3.0 unweighted GPA for college credit courses or a 2.0 unweighted GPA for career certificate courses;
- Pass the appropriate college placement test (SAT, ACT, or CPT); and
- Meet any additional initial student eligibility requirements as established by the Florida College System institution boards of trustees.
Home Education Student Eligibility Criteria
- Provide proof of enrollment in a home education program;
- Be responsible for his or her own transportation; and
- Sign a home education articulation agreement with the public postsecondary institution.
Private School Student Eligibility Criteria
- Provide proof of enrollment in a private school;
- Be responsible for his or her own transportation and instructional materials;
- Sign a private school articulation agreement with the public postsecondary institution.
Tuition and Fees
Students participating in the dual enrollment program are exempt from the payment of registration, tuition, and laboratory fees. Post secondary institutions may charge private schools for their students' dual enrollment tuition.
Who Should Enroll
Dual enrollment courses are college-level courses presented on an adult level, and the amount of work necessary to succeed in these courses is greater than in high school courses. It is important that your student is dedicated to his or her studies and understands what is expected before enrolling. Students must be self-disciplined and motivated to study outside of class. Dual enrollment courses become a part of your child's permanent high school and college transcripts and are calculated into his or her permanent GPA. Students who receive a failing grade may have difficulty meeting future admission requirements at colleges and universities and difficulty qualifying for financial aid and scholarships.
How to Enroll
First, check with your local college or university to find out what their enrollment policies, deadlines, and procedures are. There are specific deadlines for applying for dual enrollment, placement testing (if your child does not already have qualifying test scores), and approvals. In addition, if your child is enrolled in an private school and it does not already have an articulation agreement with your chosen college or university, you will want to have sufficient time for them to process the necessary paperwork.
Something to Note
Students who obtain an associate of arts degree while in high school may have admission priority or possibly guaranteed admission when transferring directly from a Florida public community college to a Florida state university. However, according to the FAQs published by the Florida Department of Education
Dual enrollment college credit will transfer to any public college or university offering the statewide course number...However, if students do not, upon high school graduation, attend the same college or university where they earned the dual enrollment credit, the application of transfer credit to general education, prerequisite, and degree programs may vary at the receiving institution. This means that students should make sure their dual enrollment credits will transfer to future colleges or universities.