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Dual Enrollment: Students/Parents Must Be Notified of Dual Enrollment Opportunities

This database indicates whether state policy requires a high school or district to notify students and/or their parents of the availability of dual enrollment programs.

Why does it matter?
  • You can't go if you don't know.
  • Traditionally underserved students are generally less connected in the school community, and consequently less likely to be aware of programs that can benefit them.

  • Highlights
  • Twenty states require students and/or parents to be notified of the availability of dual enrollment programs.

  • 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 accessible 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 2, 2008

    This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or

    Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities
    Alabama No
    Alaska No
    Arizona Yes. Each community college district and the Arizona Board of Regents must provide all high schools with information which describes the policies and rules, types of courses available and other information related to the enrollment of students under the age of eighteen." Districts must make this information available to all high school students.
    Arkansas No
    California No
    Colorado Yes (for Postsecondary Enrollment Options)
    Connecticut No, although where a local agreement has been established, the college must provide academic advisement and other appropriate supportive services. College are to use the preregistration process to assist participating high school students to make their preliminary selection of college courses.
    Delaware Yes. All students must be provided information about dual enrollment and dual credit opportunities.
    District of Columbia No
    Florida Yes. Agreements between districts and community colleges must delineate the process for informing students and parents about opportunities to participate in articulated acceleration programs.
    Georgia Yes. All eligible students must receive general information about programs. Students interested in participating must be provided counseling services before enrolling. Counseling must include information about the institutions and courses eligible for participation; the process for granting academic credits; financial arrangements for tuition, books and materials. Students must be given the name of a contact person at each eligible institution for information about the program.
    Hawaii No
    Idaho Yes. Students in grades 10 and 11 must receive general information about the program.
    Illinois No
    Indiana Yes, for Postsecondary Enrollment Program. All students in grades 10 and 11 must receive information about the program by February 1 each year.
    Iowa Yes. Information about the availability and requirements of the Postsecondary Enrollment Options and Concurrent Enrollment programs must be included in every district's student registration handbook. Information about the programs must be provided to the student and the student's parent prior to the development of the student's core curriculum plan.
    Kansas No
    Kentucky No
    Louisiana Yes for TOPS Tech Early Start and Early Start: The Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission must fully inform Louisiana public high school students and their parents on the requirements of and procedures for applying for and maintaining the TOPS Tech Early Start award and applying for and maintaining eligibility for the Early Start program.
    Maine Yes
    Maryland No
    Massachusetts No
    Michigan Yes. Districts must annually provide information on postsecondary enrollment options and career and technical preparation enrollment options to all students in grade 8 and higher. In addition, districts must provide all high school students with information on postsecondary enrollment options, including enrollment eligibility; the institutions and types of courses that are eligible for participation; the decision making process for granting academic credits; an explanation of eligible charges that will be paid by the school district and of financial arrangements for eligible charges and for paying costs not paid for by the school district; eligibility for payment of all or part of eligible charges by the school district; an explanation that, if the student qualifies for payment of all or part of eligible charges by the school district, the school district will pay that support directly to the postsecondary institution (or career and technical preparation program) upon being billed by the postsecondary institution or career/technical program and that the student is not responsible for that payment but is responsible for payment of costs not paid for; available support services; the need to arrange an appropriate schedule; consequences of failing or not completing a course in which the eligible student enrolls; the effect of enrolling in a course on the eligible student's ability to complete the required high school graduation requirements; and the academic and social responsibilities that must be assumed by the eligible student and the student's parent.
    Minnesota Yes. By March 1 of each year, districts must provide general information about the program to all students in grades 10 and 11.
    Mississippi No
    Missouri No
    Montana No
    Nebraska No
    Nevada No
    New Hampshire No
    New Jersey No
    New Mexico Yes. Districts must ensure that students are "reasonably informed about" curricular options, including dual credit courses. Each student's "next-step plan" developed in grade 8 must include Advanced Placement, honors, dual credit or distance learning courses. Districts must provide information and orientation to students about opportunities to participate in dual credit programs during student advisement, academic support and formulation of annual next step plans.
    New York No
    North Carolina No
    North Dakota No
    Ohio Yes. All public and charter school students (and students in participating nonpublic schools) in grades 8-11 must be annually notified about Post-Secondary Enrollment Options.
    Oklahoma Yes. The state board and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education are required to prepare promotional materials explaining the requirements, features and opportunities of concurrent enrollment and ensure that districts distribute the materials to each student prior to enrollment for each year of high school.
    Oregon Yes. Districts must annually provide information on the Expanded Options program to all high school students. In addition, districts must establish a process to identify students who have dropped out and make it a priority to provide these dropouts with information about the Expanded Options Program. Districts must send information about the program to the last known address of the student's family.
    Pennsylvania No. Public school students/parents are not required to be notified, but written notice must be provided to nonpublic/private schools for which the district provides transportation, charter schools operating within the district and the parents of homeschool students.

    Statute also directs the department of education to publish promotional materials on its Web site that districts or area vocational-technical schools may use to inform students and parents about the requirements, features and opportunities of concurrent enrollment programs.
    Rhode Island No
    South Carolina No
    South Dakota No
    Tennessee No
    Texas Yes. Districts must annually notify parents of students in grades 9-12 of opportunities to earn college credit through dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other options. A school district may provide this notification on the district's Web site.

    In addition, during a student's freshman and senior years of high school, a counselor must inform a student and the student's parent about the availability of district programs through which a student may earn college credit, including dual enrollment programs.
    Utah Unclear. The concurrent enrollment agreement between a district and higher education institution must "provide for the entity responsible for parent notification about concurrent enrollment purpose(s) and student and family privacy protections."
    Vermont No. However, a state-funded promotional campaign for the VSC Dual Enrollment Program is in its third year as of December 2008.
    Virginia Yes. Local boards must notify students and their parents of the availability of dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Academic Year Governor's School Programs, and the qualifications for enrolling in such programs.
    Washington Yes. Districts must annually provide information about Running Start to all students in grades 10 and 11 and their parents. In addition, high schools and any other schools serving grade 9 must annually provide parents of students in grades 9-12 with information about the entrance requirements and availability of local programs that lead to college credit, including Running Start.
    West Virginia No
    Wisconsin Yes. All students in grades 9-11 must be annually notified of the program.
    Wyoming No

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