What is "Dual Enrollment"?

The Dual Enrollment program is an acceleration program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn credit toward high school completion and a career certificate, or an associate or baccalaureate degree at a Florida public institution. (s. 1007.271 F.S.). Specific Dual Enrollment courses may be offered on a high school campus if a certified teacher is available to teach the course and enough students register for the course, or at some postsecondary campuses.

What are some benefits for students who take Dual Enrollment courses?

  • Allows academically talented students to take college classes while still in high school
  • Broadens students' educational opportunities and increases their depth of study
  • Free tuition and fees for students to take college courses
  • Students who successfully complete a dual enrollment course, earn high school credit and college credit that may be transferrable to other postsecondary institutions*

What are pre-requisites for students who want to take Dual Enrollment courses?

  • Students must have earned, and maintain, a minimum unweighted Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 to be eligible for Academic Dual Enrollment.
  • Students must meet the minimum required score on a common placement test adopted by the State Board of Education which indicates that the student is ready for college-level coursework.
  • Student eligibility requirements for initial and continued enrollment in career certificate dual enrollment courses must include a 2.0 unweighted college GPA.
  • Students must meet all other requirements indicated on the Articulation Agreements with the postsecondary institution (see links below)

Categories of Dual Enrollment

  • Part-time Dual Enrollment (3-11 college credits per semester)
  • Early Admissions (12-15 college credits per semester)
  • Accelerated Degree Program (15-18 college credits per semester)

2018-19 Articulation Agreements with the Polk County School Board

  • Polk State College ( link)
  • South Florida State College (link)
  • Southeastern University (link)
  • Warner University (link)
  • Keiser University (link)
  • Florida Southern College (link)

Florida Statute

f.s. 1007.271(2)

  • ...Students who are eligible for dual enrollment pursuant to this section may enroll in dual enrollment courses conducted during school hours, after school hours, and during the summer term. However, if the student is projected to graduate from high school before the scheduled completion date of a postsecondary course, the student may not register for that course through dual enrollment....
  • ...A student enrolled as a dual enrollment student is exempt from the payment of registration, tuition, and laboratory fees.

f.s. 1007.271 (18)

  • School districts and Florida College System institutions must weigh dual enrollment courses the same as advanced placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education courses when grade point averages are calculated.

Question and Answer Document provided by the Florida Department of Education

*Students should check with their high school counselor or interested postsecondary institution regarding the awarding of college credit for certain exam scores.

Information for school counselors (click here)