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Dual Enrollment: How State Funds Participating High Schools

This database indicates the level of funding states provide high schools/districts for students participating in dual enrollment programs: funding equal to that provided for traditional high school students, equal funding provided certain qualifications are met, or reduced funding compared to that provided for traditional high school students.

Why does it matter?
  • How funding flows can either incentivize schools to participate or deter participation.
  • Districts that can be reassured that they will not lose significant funding for students who participate in dual enrollment programs might be more open to publicizing such programs.
  • For any dual enrollment program to be effective, it needs to have a steady and predictable source of funding.


  • Highlights
  • Thirty-one states provide schools/districts with the same level of funding for dual enrollment students and traditional high school students.
  • Eight states provide equal funding for dual enrollment and traditional high school students, but with qualifications.
  • Four states provide reduced funding for dual enrollment students as compared to traditional high school students.
  • One state provides different levels of funding, depending on which program a student is participating in.
  • Six states do not specify the funding levels for dual enrollment students in statute or regulations.


  • Note: This database does not include information about Tech Prep or early/middle college high school programs. Information about such programs is included in the ECS career/technical education and early/middle college high school databases.

    Sources for all data points are available through this link.

    Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

    Last updated: December 4, 2008

    This database was compiled by Michael Griffith, senior school finance analyst. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3619 or mgriffith@ecs.org.

    How state funds participating high schools
    Alabama Equal
    Alaska Reduced funding for dual enrollment students
    Arizona Equal
    Arkansas Concurrent enrollment: Equal

    Dual enrollment: Reduced
    California Equal, with qualifications. A school district may count a student as full-time for funding purposes if the student is in grade 11 or 12, attends school at least three hours a day and is enrolled at a community college as a special part-time student.
    Colorado Equal
    Connecticut Equal. If a high school student is enrolled for at least 5 hours a day, and part of that time is in a class that meets high school graduation requirements at an institution accredited by either the state department of higher education or regionally accredited, the school can count that student as an FTE for state funding purposes.
    Delaware Equal
    District of Columbia
    Florida Equal, with qualifications. The high school or higher education institution that educates the student is allowed to claim 1/12 of FTE of state funding for each course that a student is enrolled in.
    Georgia Reduced funding for dual enrollment students
    Hawaii Equal
    Idaho Equal, with qualifications. A high school student enrolled in the Postsecondary Enrollment program who attends school at least four hours a day will be funded at the same level as a full-time student.
    Illinois Not defined
    Indiana Equal
    Iowa Equal
    Kansas Equal, with qualifications. A 10th, 11th or 12th grade student who is concurrently enrolled in a school district and a postsecondary institution is counted as one FTE pupil if the student is enrolled in both programs for 5/6th of the time. If the student is not enrolled for less than 5/6th of the time, his/her enrollment is determined to the nearest 1/10 of full-time.
    Kentucky Equal
    Louisiana Equal
    Maine Equal
    Maryland Equal, with qualifications. Students who are enrolled in high school at least half-time and are enrolled in an approved dual credit program are counted as a full-time student for funding purposes.
    Massachusetts Equal
    Michigan Equal
    Minnesota Equal. Beginning in fiscal year 2011, districts only are eligible for aid if the concurrent enrollment courses offered by the district are accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnership, in the process of being accredited, or are shown by clear evidence to be of comparable standard to accredited courses.
    Mississippi Equal
    Missouri Equal
    Montana Equal
    Nebraska Equal
    Nevada Not defined
    New Hampshire Reduced funding for dual enrollment students
    New Jersey Equal, with qualifications. A school district receives full funding for a dual enrollment student who takes his/her courses on the high school campus. The school also receives full funding for a student who takes his/her courses on a college campus, as long as the student earns credits toward high school graduation.
    New Mexico Equal
    New York Equal, with qualifications. If dual enrollment students attend their high school full-time, they are funded at the same level as traditional students. However, if they are absent during the school day to attend dual enrollment classes, they may be counted as part-time students.
    North Carolina Equal
    North Dakota Equal
    Ohio Post-Secondary Enrollment Options: Reduced funding for dual enrollment students if the school pays for the tuition through a deduction in their basic aid payment. Equal funding if student or student's parent pays tuition.

    Seniors to Sophomores: Participating high schools receive a grant of up to $100,000 and receive funds for participating students through existing mechanisms. During the grant period, school districts are asked to develop sustainable funding models.
    Oklahoma Equal
    Oregon Equal
    Pennsylvania Equal, with qualifications. A district receives full state funding for a student if the district pays the student’s tuition and fees at the postsecondary institution. If the district does not pay the student’s tuition and fees, the district receives a prorated amount of state funding based on the amount of time that the student spent in the classroom.
    Rhode Island Not defined
    South Carolina Not defined
    South Dakota Equal
    Tennessee Not defined
    Texas Equal
    Utah Equal
    Vermont Not defined
    Virginia Equal
    Washington Equal
    West Virginia Equal
    Wisconsin Equal
    Wyoming Equal


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