commonly asked questions
is Dual Enrollment?
Dual Enrollment (also called the
"Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act") is a program that
gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to be enrolled in
both high school and college at the same time. This program is
sponsored by the State of Michigan and has existed since 1991.
When all of the criteria, identified by the state, are met, the
student's tuition and applicable fees may be paid for by their school
is eligible for Dual Enrollment?
be a high school junior or
enrolled in at least 1 high
have state endorsement in
all subject areas of the High School Proficiency Test
if I haven't passed all portions of the High School Proficiency Test?
If you haven't passed all
portions of the High School Proficiency Test, you are eligible to dual
enroll in courses in which you have achieved state endorsement, in
computer science or foreign language not offered by the school district
or in fine arts as permitted by the school district.
courses qualify for Dual Enrollment?
A course that qualifies for dual
enrollment must be:
a course not offered by the
a course that is offered but
is not available to the student because of a scheduling conflict, as
determined by the Board of the school district
an academic course as
opposed to an activity course
a course that is not in
physical education, theology, divinity or religious education
much time will I be spending in class?
If you take a 3 credit hour
class, you will be in class for 3 hours each week. On top of that,
you will be expected to spend twice as many hours each week studying
outside of class. That means, you are committing almost 10 hours
each week to one class. Do you have that kind of time?
if I don't do well in my college class?
You are beginning your permanent
academic record when you start taking college classes, so it's important
that you do as well as you can. It's better to take fewer classes
and ace them all than take more classes and have a poor GPA. If
you want to transfer to a different college or university at any time
after high school, you will have to indicate that you attended courses
here and request your transcripts to be sent. Courses that you
haven't passed will, of course, not transfer.
mistakes do most dual enrolled students make?
not attending class
not turning in assignments
assuming that missing
several classes due to high school obligations, like sporting events
is a valid excuse
not withdrawing from a class
not reading the textbook
because the instructor doesn't mention it during lectures
if I have a function at the high school I just can't miss?
First of all, check the syllabus
for the instructor's policy on missing classes. Secondly, contact
the instructor to let them know you will not be attending and why.
This is common courtesy and gives you a chance to ask them how you can
make up the work you will be missing. The instructor does not have
to make any special accommodations for you missing a class, so don't be
surprised if you simply cannot turn in an assignment late or make up a
test. Basically, you are making choices about your time. Which is
more important to you - making it to a high school function or doing
well in a college class? Remember everything you do affects your
can I do if I have to turn in a late assignment?
It depends on your instructor's
policy on accepting late assignments. Make sure to check the
syllabus and don't be surprised if their policy is to not accept any
late assignments. Regardless of your reason for not turning in
your work on time, you cannot appeal this policy.