The Dual Enrollment Program is an opportunity to take challenging college courses earning both high school and college credit. Students who successfully complete dual enrollment courses will save time toward their college degree and save money with free tuition and, if a public school student, free textbooks.
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Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- be a student in a Florida public or nonpublic secondary school with an articulation agreement on file with HCC, or in a home education program;
- have a 3.0 unweighted grade point average to enroll in credit courses or a 2.0 unweighted grade point average to enroll in vocational certificate courses;
- pass the appropriate section of the Postsecondary Educational Readiness Test (PERT) or have the appropriate scores on the SAT or the ACT (not more than two years old).
- Permission from the parent/guardian and high school principal and counselor (Authorization Form B).
- Must have an understanding that the amount of work necessary to succeed in dual enrollment courses will be greater than in high school courses
Steps to Begin
Students must take the following steps to enroll in dual enrollment courses. Click here to download the full procedures.
- Step 1: Determine your eligibility. Make sure you have the GPA and required test scores_. If you do not have an SAT or ACT score, arrange taking the PERT at HCC by contacting their testing office.
- Step 2: Review course options and descriptions on the HCC website to see what interests you. Make sure you choose an appropriate course and meet the prerequisite. Then, search for Class Sections to make sure the course you want to take is going to be offered.
- Step 3: See your counselor for an Authorization form B and parent permission form. You will include your courses on the form B. Make sure you include alternate courses because some HCC courses will fill quickly.
- Step 4: Take the Authorization form B, a copy of your transcript summary sheet, and all other required forms, to the HCC dual enrollment office on Davis Islands. HCC will take it from here.
Dual enrollment college credit will transfer to any Florida public college or university offering that course prefix and number and must be treated as though taken at the receiving institution. However, if students do not, upon high school graduation, attend the same college or univerisity where they earned the dual enrollment credit, application of transfer credit to general education, prerequisite, and degree programs may vary at the receiving institution.
Books, Materials and Online Access
Required textbooks are provided at no cost to the student. However, the student is responsible for textbook affiliated costs for licensing fees or electronic media access which are password protected or are one-time access codes and cannot be returned to the district as its property for reissue to another student. After registering for classes, students must see Mrs. Cooper in the main office for a text book authorization code. Students should bring a copy of their schedule they can leave with Mrs. Cooper.
Students may take up to 9 credits per semester. Dual enrollment students must meet with their high school counselors to assure that the courses they plan to take will assist them in meeting their high school graduation requirements and in attaining their post secondary goals.
Early admissions is a form of dual enrollment available to 12th graders. Students register at HCC as a full-time student for two consecutive semesters (up 12 credits each semester) during their senior year of high school, and the benefits of dual enrollment continue (free books, free classes, etc.).
Dual enrollment courses can benefit the high school GPA. GPA is computed with 0.08 added to the high school transcript for each dual enrollment course completed. This is the same as the AP GPA bonus for each semester of an AP course completed