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Dual Enrollment: How State Funds Participating Postsecondary Institutions

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

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

  • Highlights
  • Thirty-eight states provide postsecondary institutions with the same level of funding for dual enrollment students and traditional postsecondary students.
  • Two states provide equal funding for dual enrollment and traditional postsecondary students, but with qualifications.
  • One state funds dual enrollment students at a higher level than traditional postsecondary students.
  • No state provides reduced funding for dual enrollment students as compared to traditional postsecondary students.
  • One state provides different levels of funding, depending on which program a student is participating in.
  • Eight states do not specify the postsecondary 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

    How state funds participating postsecondary institutions
    Alabama Not defined
    Alaska Equal
    Arizona Equal
    Arkansas Concurrent enrollment: Equal

    Dual enrollment: Not defined
    California Equal
    Colorado Equal
    Connecticut Equal
    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 Equal
    Hawaii Equal
    Idaho Equal
    Illinois Equal
    Indiana Equal
    Iowa Equal
    Kansas Equal
    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. A college may not receive state funding for students younger than 16 years old enrolled in continuing education courses, unless otherwise permitted by state law.
    Massachusetts Equal
    Michigan Equal
    Minnesota Dual enrollment students are funded at a higher level
    Mississippi Equal
    Missouri Equal
    Montana Equal
    Nebraska Equal
    Nevada Not defined
    New Hampshire Dual enrollment students are funded at a higher level
    New Jersey Equal
    New Mexico Equal
    New York Equal
    North Carolina Equal
    North Dakota Equal
    Ohio Equal
    Oklahoma Equal
    Oregon Equal
    Pennsylvania Equal
    Rhode Island Not defined
    South Carolina Not defined
    South Dakota Equal
    Tennessee Not defined
    Texas Equal
    Utah Equal
    Vermont Not defined
    Virginia Equal
    Washington Not defined
    West Virginia Equal
    Wisconsin Equal
    Wyoming Not defined

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