Dual Enrollment: Who Is Primarily Responsible for Paying Tuition

Dual Enrollment: Who Is Primarily Responsible for Paying Tuition

This database indicates who is primarily responsible for paying students' tuition — the student's family, the district, etc. — or if postsecondary institutions are required to waive tuition for dual enrollment students.

Why does it matter?
  • Low-income students are less likely to be able to afford any related tuition. Leaving tuition costs for families to cover could easily dissuade low-income students from participating in dual enrollment programs.
Who is primarily responsible for paying a student's dual enrollment tuition:
  • Local decision (i.e., dependent on agreement between school district and postsecondary institution, or student choice, or program delivery model): 17 states and the District of Columbia
  • Student/parent: 9 states
  • Multiple programs; programs vary in entity primarily responsible for tuition: 11 states
  • State (i.e., legislative appropriation or reimbursement): Four states
  • Student's school district: Four states
  • Not set in state policy: Three states
  • Combination of state, district, and student/parent: One state
  • Combination of state and student/parent: One state
Note: In some of the states where the student or parent is primarily responsible for tuition, state rules or laws stipulate that a district or higher education institution may fund the tuition costs. The fact that the language in these states says "may" as opposed to "will" means that the primary responsibility of paying tuition is still with the parents or the student, and only the secondary responsibility lies with the district/higher education institution.

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.

Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.

Last updated: December 2013

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.

Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition
Alabama Local decision. Tuition is the responsibility of the student/parent, unless otherwise negotiated between the college and the local board of education. Tuition may be provided by alternative resources, including funds provided by Workforce Development.
Alaska Student/parent
Arizona All courses: Local decision. Specifically:

For courses offered at postsecondary campuses: Unless the student's high school or postsecondary institution has volunteered to pay the tuition, tuition is the responsibility of the student/parent.

For community college courses offered at high schools, the agreement or contract between the school district/charter school and community college district must specify student tuition and financial aid policies, including if scholarships or grants are awarded to dual enrollment students.
Arkansas Local decision. Tuition is paid by the student/parent unless paid by a school district, college scholarship, grant, or private foundation.

Endorsed Concurrent Enrollment: A state-supported two-year or four-year institution of higher education may offer a reduced tuition rate. The reduction in tuition is considered an institutional scholarship.

Enrollment of students who have completed the 8th grade: The student is responsible for all course costs, unless these are paid by the public school district, a college/university scholarship, a grant, or a private foundation. If the course costs are paid by the school district, a college/university scholarship, a grant, or a private foundation, a signed agreement must exist between the school district, the external entity or foundation, and the publicly-supported or private institution of higher education.
California Student/parent. A community college district may exempt special part-time students from fee requirements, but is not required to do so.
Colorado Local education provider (i.e., school district, charter school, or board of cooperative services (BOCES). A cooperative agreement must establish the tuition rate at which the local education provider pays the institution of higher education for any courses in which a student concurrently enrolls. The tuition rate must not exceed the student share of the tuition rate established for Colorado residents enrolled in the course (or if offered by a four-year institution, the student share of the tuition rate established for Colorado residents enrolled in a general studies course at a community college). However, nothing prohibits an institution of higher education from charging tuition or associated fees to a student or his/her parent or in addition to the tuition paid by the student's local education provider. If the student does not complete the course without the consent of the student’s principal, the student and parent must reimburse the local education provider for tuition paid.
Connecticut Student/parent
Delaware Local decision. Payment of tuition varies depending upon the type of dual enrollment and district policy -- may be grant-funded, paid by the student or student's parent, or covered by waivers for eligible students.

Funding sources such as grants must be identified, as well as the procedures for applying and the procedures for the awarding of such funds or waivers. No student may be denied access to dual credit or dual enrollment courses because of the student's or family's inability to pay.
District of Columbia Local decision. LEAs and postsecondary institutions agree in the Partnership Agreement on who will be responsible for tuition in the Partnership Agreement.  Currently for most programs, tuition is primarily paid by the postsecondary institutions.  In cases where it is not, tuition is paid from the District of Columbia dual enrollment fund, which is administered by the State Superintendent for Education’s office.  A Dual Enrollment Partnership Agreement must provide that students will not be charged tuition for dual enrollment courses.
Florida Student's district, if enrolled in a public institution. When instruction takes place on the postsecondary campus, the school district pays the institution the standard tuition rate per credit hour from funds provided in the Florida Education Finance Program. When dual enrollment is provided on the high school site by postsecondary institution faculty, the school district reimburses the institution for the costs associated with the proportion of salary and benefits and other actual costs. When dual enrollment is provided at the high school by school district faculty, the school district is responsible only for the postsecondary institution's actual costs associated with offering the program.

Any dual enrollment student enrolled at a course offered through a public postsecondary institution is exempt from the payment of registration, tuition, and fees, including laboratory fees. Instructional materials must be made available to dual enrollment public high school students free of charge. Student exemptions from payment of instructional materials and tuition and fees, including laboratory fees, do not apply to students who enroll in an eligible independent institution. A Florida College System institution may provide instructional materials at no cost to a home education student or student from a private school. Instructional materials purchased by a district school board or Florida College System institution board of trustees for dual enrollment students are the property of the purchasing board.
Georgia Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment: Combination of state and student/parent. Tuition is paid by either the Georgia Department of Education or the Georgia Student Finance Commission, depending on the participating dual enrollment/dual credit program. The student/parents will be responsible for some of the costs, which may vary depending on the type of dual enrollment program. Payment for books and materials is dependent on the type of dual program.

Two scholarship programs can help defray the costs that fall to students/parents:
  • The ACCEL program is a non-need-based program to assist public and private high school students taking dual credit coursework leading toward an associate or baccalaureate degree (Students cannot receive ACCEL program assistance for courses that are part of a technical certificate or diploma program of study). Students must meet all other HOPE Grant requirements.
  • The HOPE Grant program is a non-need-based grant program for students taking courses from the Technical College System of Georgia’s institutions.
Move on When Ready: State (department of education)

Joint Enrollment: If a student does not receive funding from one of the above grant programs, tuition is the responsibility of the student/parent.
Hawaii Student/parent, unless the student is eligible for free-/reduced-price lunch, in which case the student may apply for a GEAR UP Hawaii Running Start Scholarship. The scholarship is for tuition/fees and required textbooks for a 3- to 4-credit class. Priority is given to students who have not previously received a scholarship, and to seniors.
Idaho Local decision. Either student/parent, or the school district may make payments or partial payments for courses taken for secondary credit. The district cannot make payments to a postsecondary institution for a course taken for postsecondary credit only, or for a course from which a student officially withdraws during the first 14 days of the semester, or for courses for audit.
Illinois Local decision. In some districts, the tuition is completely waived, others offer discounted tuition, and some charge full tuition. This is often related to where the dual credit is delivered (at the high school versus on campus) and who is delivering it (community college faculty versus high school faculty).

For advanced vocational training programs: Participating community college bill each participating school district for the per capita cost of operating the community college attended, or a charge for participation may be made in accordance with the joint agreement between the community college district and the student's school district. Such agreement may not provide for payments in excess of actual operating costs. Participating high schools may use state aid monies to pay the charges.
Indiana Generally: Student/parent. However, the commission for higher education may identify a set of concurrent enrollment college courses that are offered in the high school setting for postsecondary credit and receive state funding as priority dual credit courses. The commission must set the tuition rate charged a student for a priority dual credit course. The commission on higher education has set tuition at no more than $25/credit hour for 2011-2013 for courses on the Priority Course List. Several institutions offer courses at costs below this commission requirement.

Postsecondary Enrollment Program: For students enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College, the school corporation pays tuition.

Upon demonstration of financial need, an eligible institution may grant a student financial assistance, including a tuition waiver. Ivy Tech is eligible for reimbursement for costs incurred to deliver courses taken by a student whose tuition is waived.
Iowa Student's district. However, the payment varies by Senior Year Plus (SYP) program:

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO): A school district must pay a tuition reimbursement amount to a postsecondary institution that has enrolled its resident eligible students. For a student in an open enrollment situation, tuition is paid by the receiving district. The amount of tuition reimbursement for each separate course must equal the lesser of
  • The actual and customary costs of tuition, textbooks, materials, and fees directly related to the course taken by the eligible student
  • $250
An eligible postsecondary institution must make pro rata adjustments to tuition reimbursement amounts based on federal guidelines.

However, if the student fails to complete and receive credit for the course, the student or parent must reimburse the school district for its costs.

Postsecondary institutions may not charge students for textbooks, materials, or fees directly related to the course in which the student is enrolled except that the student may be required to purchase equipment that becomes the property of the student.

For students at the Iowa school for the deaf and the Iowa braille and sight saving school, the state board of regents must pay a tuition reimbursement amount by June 30 of each year.

Concurrent Enrollment: Districts that enter into a concurrent enrollment agreement are responsible for payment to the cooperating community college per the terms stipulated in their agreement. Districts are eligible to receive supplementary weighting for students enrolled in concurrent enrollment courses. As stipulated in statute, students enrolled in a qualifying concurrent enrollment course are assigned an additional weighting of .70 for career and technical courses and .46 for liberal arts and science courses.

All programs: Districts and eligible postsecondary institutions may not charge students for tuition.
Kansas General coursework: Local decision. For academic courses, tuition is an amount negotiated by the school district and the college/university under this program. Tuition, books, equipment and any other costs of enrollment are the responsibility of the student or the student's parent. No school district may be responsible for the payment of concurrent enrollment tuition.

For CTE coursework: Combination of state and student/parent. Students may be charged fees (including expenses for books and supplies) but not tuition. Each school year, to the extent sufficient monies are appropriated to the secondary CTE program, the state board of regents must distribute state funds to community colleges, technical colleges and the Washburn institute of technology for the cost associated with secondary students enrolled in postsecondary CTE programs.
Kentucky Tuition is assessed in all circumstances. Then, dependent on 3 factors (faculty expense, location, and delivery expense), a tuition waiver is applied. The balance not covered by the tuition waiver may be paid by the student/parent, the secondary school, scholarships, or other funding sources.

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Dual Credit: If a course is offered on a KCTCS campus and supported by SEEK funding to the college, the student is deemed to have paid tuition. Approximately 15% of KCTCS Dual Credit courses are covered by SEEK funding.

A 50% tuition waiver is offered students in dual credit CTE and/or general education courses if the course is taught by a college faculty member at the partnering high school or area technology center/technical high school, and all instructional costs are covered by the college. The college waives tuition when there is not a direct expense (i.e., college is not paying the faculty or paying for the location). The college charges for faculty, location, and expenses actually incurred.

A 100% tuition waiver is offered students in dual credit CTE and/or general education courses if the course is taught by a secondary teacher at the partnering high school or area technology center/technical high school, and all instructional costs are covered by the secondary school. Students receiving a 100% tuition waiver are assessed a KCTCS charge for the administrative expense per semester (i.e., creating and maintaining student records) incurred by KCTCS for offering the course. The charge is paid by either the student/parent, the college by using a scholarship, or a third party (i.e., office of career and technical education, high school, school district, or a private or other entity). Each KCTCS college, in partnership with school districts, must identify local scholarship funds to cover the administrative charge for students who demonstrate financial need.

KCTCS and the department of education must collaborate in developing a process to determine student eligibility for financial assistance apart from these tuition waivers.

Council on Postsecondary Education Dual Credit: The public postsecondary institution must collaborate with the high school to develop a process to determine student eligibility for financial assistance.
Louisiana Dual Enrollment: State, for public school student. Student/parent, for nonpublic school student.

TOPS – Tech Early Start Award: Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA)
Maine General program: Combination of department of education and student/parent. A student may be eligible for a state subsidy for postsecondary courses if the student meets program eligibility requirements. The department pays 50% of tuition for the first 6 credit hours taken each semester, up to 12 credit hours per academic year. The institution may impose fees and charges, other than tuition, that are ordinarily imposed on its students. Funds appropriated to the department to carry out the purposes of this program must be in addition to the customary ongoing amounts appropriated for general purpose aid for local schools.

Dual enrollment career and technical education program: Not specified
Maryland A public institution of higher education may not charge tuition to a dually enrolled student. under the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013.  The Act is silent on fees.

Tuition Scale:  Local Boards of Education pay the lesser of tuition costs for dually enrolled public secondary school students as follows:
  • Category 1:  First 4 courses – Public Senior Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) charge 75% of tuition. Community colleges charge 75% of tuition or 5% of per pupil foundation amount
  • Category 2:  5 or more courses – Public Senior IHEs charge 90% of tuition, Community colleges charge 90% of tuition or 5% of per pupil foundation amount
  • Category 3:  For Agreements established prior to July 1, 2013: If lesser than categories 1 or 2, the agreement is the basis for tuition. 
Local boards may recoup costs from students as follows:
  • First 4 courses – Boards may charge students a fee not to exceed 90% of  the amount paid for tuition
  • 5 or more courses – Boards may charge students  a fee not to exceed 100% of  the amount paid for tuition
  • Boards must waive tuition fees for students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMS).
Fees: Colleges can charge applicable and reasonable fees for all dually enrolled students, including those who receive Free and Reduced Price Meals. Note:  If an agreement exists between a public school and a public IHE whereby the school agrees to pay for more than 4 courses, the school must pay for the number under the agreement. Students are encouraged to contact the college admissions office or their school counselor to seek further information.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission administers an Early College Access Grant for dually enrolled students, as well as a grant program for part-time undergraduate students, including dually enrolled students. Under both programs, grant recipients must demonstrate financial need according to cCommission-established criteria. The Commission allocates Early College Access Grant funds to an institution based on the number of dually enrolled students receiving credit for courses completed at the institution. The institution then distributes the grant awards to eligible students.

Funds under the part-time undergraduate grant program are allocated by the Commission to each institution based on the number of undergraduate part-time students who demonstrate financial need. The institution then distributes the grant awards to eligible students. Institutions may use up to 10% of the part-time grant allocation to provide grants  togrants to students who are dually enrolled.
Massachusetts Not set in state policy
Michigan Both programs: Combination of state, district, and student/parent. For a public school student, the district is required to pay to the higher education institution either the amount of the tuition or the amount of state funding the district receives for that student for the part of the day the student attends the course or career and technical preparation program. For example, if a student is enrolled in PSEO or Career and Technical Preparation Act coursework 20% of the school day and the district receives $10,000 from the state for that student, the district must pay the higher education institution either the cost of tuition or $2,000 (20 x $10,000), whichever is less.

A district may, but is not required to, pay more to a postsecondary institution or career and technical preparation program on a student’s behalf than is required by statute, and may use local school operating revenue for that purpose.

The student must pay any additional tuition costs above and beyond what the district pays.

For a nonpublic school student, the department of treasury pays the institution or career and technical preparation program. The student is responsible for paying the remainder of the costs that exceed the amount the department of treasury is statutorily required to pay.

A public school or nonpublic school student who does not complete a course must refund the school district or department of treasury any funds not reimbursed the district or department of treasury by the postsecondary institution or career and technical preparation program. If the eligible student does not repay this money, the school district may impose sanctions against the public school student as determined by school district policy.
Minnesota Local decision. For a student earning both high school and postsecondary credit, or just high school credit, state (department of education). The state uses the following formula to reimburse colleges/universities: 88% of the product of the formula allowance minus $415, multiplied by 1.3 divided by 30 for schools on a semester calendar, and by 45 for schools on a quarter calendar. For a student taking a course for postsecondary credit only, or for any postsecondary courses in which a student is enrolled in addition to being enrolled full time in the student’s district: the student or parent is responsible for tuition, fees, textbooks, and materials.

An institution may not charge a student enrolled in a course for secondary and postsecondary credit for fees, textbooks, materials, support services, or other necessary costs, except for equipment purchased by the student that becomes the property of the student.
Mississippi Both programs: Local decision. Tuition and other costs may be paid by the postsecondary institution, the school district, the student/parent, or by grants, foundations or other private or public sources.Tuition and costs for university-level courses must be paid from grants, foundations, or other private sources.
Missouri Local decision. Local agreement between student’s district and the college or university determines whether tuition is paid by the student’s district or by student/parent.

For the purpose of payment of dual credit course fees, eligible students must be enrolled in an approved course, and have either scored proficient or advanced on the same content area section of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test. The department of elementary and secondary education must establish a systematic process for identification and reporting the names of students eligible for aid to pay a portion of the cost of dual credit course fees, and an evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the program and the program's impact on participating students.
Montana Running Start: Local decision. Either the district or the student/parent, as determined by the interlocal agreement between the district and postsecondary institution. The agreement must also state the tuition level the postsecondary institution will charge for each credit. A student is responsible for book and all supplies costs.

Class 8 or Class B Alternative License: Student/parent

Concurrent Enrollment Student/parent or district. Selected colleges may have no tuition.

Montana Digital Academy: Student/parent. Selected community colleges may charge no tuition for the first six credits if within that institution's service area.
Nebraska Not set in state policy

The Access College Early Scholarship Program provides low-income students with financial assistance for courses taken in high school for postsecondary credit.
Nevada Student/parent
New Hampshire There is no formal dual enrollment policy, so tuition is the responsibility of the student or the student's parent.
New Jersey Not set in state policy. However, state procedures must ensure that no academically eligible student may be excluded from participation in college courses offered on high school campuses because of inability to pay.
New Mexico State. The higher education institution must waive tuition and general fees for dual credit students (students are responsible for course-specific fees, i.e., lab, computer fees). The funding formula in place to allocate funds to the public institutions of higher education bases the allocation on the number of credit hours completed and reported to the higher education department. There is a lag of a year or more because the funds are allocated during the January-February legislative session.

The tribal college dual credit program fund consists of legislative appropriations; grants, gifts, donations, and bequests for the dual credit program; and earnings on monies in the fund. Funds may be used only by the higher education department to compensate tribal colleges for tuition and fees waived to allow high school students to attend classes on the college campus or electronically.
New York There is no formal dual enrollment policy, so tuition is the responsibility of the student/parent.
North Carolina State. The general assembly reimburses FTE costs to the community college system based on participation reports. However, state funds are not available to cover textbooks or fees. Fees are not waived unless the community college chooses to do so. The LEA and community college determine how to pay for textbooks, and whether/how student fees will be paid.
North Dakota Student/parent.  Student or parent also responsible for all fees, textbooks, materials, equipment, and other necessary charges related to the course in which the student has enrolled.
Ohio Post-Secondary Enrollment Options: Local decision. Public school students may elect:
  • To be responsible for all tuition and the cost of all textbooks, materials, and fees. A student choosing this option elects, at the time of enrollment, to receive only college credit or high school and college credit.
  • For the department of education to reimburse the college, or for the district, community school, STEM school to enter into an agreement for an alternate method to calculate or transmit the amount the institution would be paid for a participating student. However, the department of education will not reimburse a college for a remedial college course (costs borne by student/parent). These options are not available to the student if the student is enrolled full-time in the student's district, community school, STEM school, or nonpublic school.
No school district may charge a student an additional fee or tuition for participation in any dual enrollment program. A postsecondary institution must furnish all textbooks and materials for a course (and may not charge the student for tuition or fees) if the department of education reimburses the institution for the course.

However, if a student earns a nonpassing grade, the district superintendent or head of the community school or STEM school must seek reimbursement from the participant/participant's parent for the amount of state funds paid to the college on behalf of the participant for that college course.
Oklahoma Student/parent, unless the district does not offer enough course selections to allow the student to receive the courses needed to meet the graduation requirements, in which case the district pays tuition, fees, and books for the concurrent enrollment course, and provides transportation.

High school seniors who meet the eligibility requirements for concurrent enrollment are entitled to receive a tuition waiver for a maximum of 6 credit hours per semester. Students receiving a waiver are responsible for fees, books, and supplies.

Statute expresses legislative intent that, for concurrent enrollment courses the district is paying for, the institution charge only the supplementary and special service fees that are directly related to the concurrent enrollment course and enrollment procedures for that student, and that fees for student activities and student service facilities, including the student health care and cultural and recreational service fees, not be charged to such students.
Oregon Tuition and/or fee payment varies based upon the program and courses offered. 

Dual Credit: State. The legislature appropriates funds to reimburse FTE costs to institutions based on participation reports; these funds are distributed by the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. Local decision as to whether students are charged registration/transcription fees.

Expanded Options: Local decision.  Expanded Options programs were developed to ensure “at-risk” student participation in Accelerated College Credit Programs are provided at no cost to the student. Tuition and fees are negotiated between the school district and the postsecondary institution to pay required instructional costs of the student. A student may apply to the resident district for reimbursement for any textbooks, fees, equipment or materials required for a postsecondary course. A postsecondary institution that receives payment through the negotiated financial agreement may not charge a student for tuition, fees and other required instructional costs associated with the student’s enrollment in a course. 

A charter school that elects to participate in the Expanded Options Program must negotiate and pay actual instructional costs associated with student participation directly to the postsecondary institution. 
Accelerated College Credit Program Grant: The department of education must administer a grant program that provides grants to assist students in paying for books, materials and other costs, other than test fees, related to accelerated college credit programs. These grants are available to any Accelerated College Credit program as administered by the local educational agency (school district or postsecondary institution).
Pennsylvania Combination of student’s district and student/parent. A school entity (district or an area vocational-technical school) pays the portion of total approved costs for which it is provided grants by the department of education, and students/parents pay the remainder. To defray—but not eliminate—district costs for concurrent enrollment students, the department provides grants to applicant school districts with an approved concurrent enrollment program, as well as a supplemental grant amount for an applicant district with a low-income concurrent enrollment student. The supplemental grant amount is equal the cost of tuition, books and fees for which a low-income concurrent student is responsible for a course.

A school entity is not responsible for paying any portion of the total approved costs for any concurrent student enrolled in a charter school, nonpublic or private school, or home education program in excess of the grants provided by the department of education.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds.*
Rhode Island Not set in state policy
South Carolina Local decision. Student/parent, unless otherwise specified in local school district policy.
South Dakota Local decision. District may cover all or a portion of tuition and fees; the student is responsible for paying any tuition/fees not paid by the district and any other costs.
Tennessee State. If a program is funded through local, state or federal funds appropriated to an LEA, then no fee may be charged by the LEA or a public postsecondary institution to any student participating in the program.

A dual enrollment grant, funded from net proceeds of the state lottery, is available to an applicant public or private high school junior or senior who is not ineligible for a state lottery-funded grant, has been a Tennessee resident for at least one year prior to application, and has been admitted to a postsecondary institution. A grant recipient may enroll in one lower-division course per semester at an eligible institution, and may enroll in a 2nd course per semester if the student has a minimum 3.0 GPA for high school work completed before dual enrollment, and has earned the minimum ACT or SAT score to qualify for a Tennessee HOPE scholarship. Financial assistance for a 2nd course per semester reduces the amount of any subsequent award of the Tennessee HOPE scholarship on a dollar per dollar basis.

A recipient may reapply for a grant in a subsequent semester if the student continues to meet all eligibility requirements and has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for all postsecondary courses attempted under a grant. Courses completed through a dual enrollment grant do not count against semester hour/academic year limitations for receipt of a HOPE scholarship.
Texas Local decision. Higher education institutions and junior colleges with which a district has entered into an agreement may waive all or a portion of tuition and fees. If the institution does not provide a waiver, tuition is the responsibility of the student/parent.

To meet the requirement that districts offer the equivalent of at least 12 credit hours of college credit in high school, a district may provide the opportunity to earn credit for a course or activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours, that is approved by the higher education coordinating board, satisfies a requirement for earning an industry-recognized credential or certificate or an associate degree, and for which a student may earn credit toward both the student's high school diploma and postsecondary academic requirements. A district is not required to pay a student’s tuition or other associated costs for taking a course under these provisions.

Tuition and fees must be waived for a dual credit student under the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services. The Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board must develop outreach programs to ensure that eligible students in grades 9-12 are aware of the availability of this exemption from tuition and fees.
Utah Combination of state and student/parent. Students may only be charged fees or partial tuition. Participating postsecondary institutions, districts and charter schools receive a portion of a state appropriation for concurrent enrollment that supports the costs of offering the program. Each institution may charge a one-time per student per institution admissions application fee, and partial tuition of up to $30 per credit hour for each concurrent enrollment course for which a student receives college credit, paid directly to the institution, or if a course is taught by high school instructor in a public school facility, tuition of up to $10 per credit hour. If a course is taught through video conferencing, an institution may only charge up to $15 per credit hour for the concurrent enrollment course for which the student receives credit. Students eligible for free-/reduced price lunch may be charged no more than $5 per credit hour for each course for which the student receives college credit.

Payment of the one-time fee satisfies the general admissions application fee requirement for a full-time or part-time student at an institution so that no additional admissions application fee may be charged by the institution in situations of continuous enrollment.

Fees do not include reasonable lab costs, expenses for textbooks and consumable curriculum materials that are required only for USHE credit or grades. All non-USHE related student costs or fees related to concurrent enrollment classes, which may include consumables, lab fees, copying, and material costs, as well as textbooks required for the course, are subject to fee waiver consistent with R277-407-6 (which requires LEAs to provide for adequate waivers or other provisions in lieu of fee waivers to ensure that no student is denied the opportunity to participate in a class or school-sponsored or supported activity because of an inability to pay a fee). LEAs are responsible for these waivers. The contract between the USHE institution and the district may address the responsibility for fee waivers.
Vermont Dual Enrollment: An eligible student may enroll in up to 2 dual enrollment courses for which the student/parent are not required to pay tuition. District of student’s residence pays tuition—tuition rate is either 20% or 90% of Community College of Vermont rate depending on whether course is taught by secondary or postsecondary instructor. State pays 50% of tuition from the Next Generation Initiative Fund. A school district may enter into a contract to offer dual enrollment through a public or private postsecondary institution that is not affiliated with Vermont State Colleges or the University of Vermont; institution may be in or out of state. District may negotiate terms different from those set forth in statute, including the amount of tuition to be paid.

Once district has paid for two courses, student/parent is responsible for tuition. A school district may choose to pay for more than two courses per eligible student, but the state will not pay 50% of tuition for those additional courses.

Technical: District
Virginia Local decision. However, schools and colleges are encouraged to provide dual enrollment opportunities at no cost to students or their families.

In October 2013, the Advisory Council of Community College Presidents approved a policy on tuition payment for students in VCCS dual enrollment courses taught in the high school by a high school teacher with appropriate VCCS credentials to teach the college course. Under the policy, to be implemented no later than the 2015-2016 school year, full tuition and fees must be paid the community college, but the minimum amount to be reimbursed the school division is 60%. Dual enrollment reimbursement rates may be increased up to 100% based on specified options.

Dual-enrollment high school students who have not previously received a Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP) award must be considered for an initial VGAP award provided they meet all of the initial award eligibility requirements.

Any high school student not otherwise qualified for in-state tuition who is enrolled in community college courses for high school and community college credit pursuant to an agreement between the high school and community college must be charged the same tuition as is charged to any Virginia resident.
Washington Running Start: Combination of state and student/parent, although funds paid by the state through districts are not deemed tuition or operating fees. The superintendent of public instruction allocates funds appropriated for basic education to school districts for purposes of making payments to postsecondary institutions, and for granting school districts 7% thereof to offset program related costs. Each participating district transmits to the institution of higher education an amount per each full-time equivalent college student at statewide uniform rates for vocational and nonvocational students. The superintendent of public instruction, participating institutions of higher education, and the state board for community and technical colleges shall consult on the calculation and distribution of the funds.

At community or technical colleges, in lieu of tuition and fees, students pay all other mandatory fees. The state board for community and technical colleges may authorize a fee of up to 10% of tuition and fees. All other institutions of higher education may charge students a fee of up to 10% of tuition and fees, in addition to technology fees, in lieu of tuition and fees. In both instances, fees must be prorated based on credit load.

Institutions must make fee waivers available to low-income students, and establish written policies to determine low-income students before offering the fee waiver. Institutions must make every effort to communicate to students and their families the benefits of the waivers and provide assistance to students and their families on how to apply. Information about waivers must, to the greatest extent possible, be incorporated into financial aid counseling, admission information, and individual billing statements. Institutions also must, to the greatest extent possible, use all means of communication, including websites, online catalogues, admission and registration forms, mass e-mail messaging, social media, and outside marketing to ensure that information about waivers is visible, compelling, and reaches the maximum number of eligible students and families.

In 2018, the joint legislative audit and review committee must complete a systematic performance audit of the tuition-setting authority granted to the governing boards of four-year public institutions of higher education, in order to evaluate the impact of institutional tuition-setting authority on student access, affordability, and institutional quality. The audit must include an evaluation of the various outcomes for each four-year institution of higher education, including changes in enrollments in the Running Start and other dual enrollment programs. The audit must also include recommendations on whether to continue tuition-setting authority beyond the 2018-19 academic year. In conducting the audit, the auditor must solicit input from key higher education stakeholders, including students and their families.

College in the High School: Not specified. The institution of higher education may charge tuition to participating students.
West Virginia All programs except West Virginia EDGE: Student/parent, district or 3rd party

Dual Credit: In practice, varies from county to county – some counties pay the tuition in other counties the student pays the tuition, however the tuition is at a reduced cost.

West Virginia EDGE: Postsecondary institution

Early Enrollment: Student/parent. However, to increase access, an institution may establish a special tuition structure for high school students, which must be set at at least three-fourths of the rate of the lowest regular off-campus rate established by any West Virginia public higher education institution. All high school students must be charged the special tuition or the regular tuition/fees approved for the institution granting the credit. The credit-granting institution may not use its own resources to pay any student's assessed tuition/fees. Except for tuition/fee waivers in third party sponsored agreements, no tuition/fee waivers are to be granted.
Wisconsin Youth Options: If a course is taken for high school credit and is not comparable to a course offered by the district:

If student attends an institution in the University of Wisconsin system: School district pays the actual cost of tuition, fees, books and other necessary materials directly related to the course. If the student attends a private institution, the district pays the lesser of (1) The actual cost of tuition, fees, books and other necessary materials, or (2) An amount determined by dividing the state total net cost of the general fund in the previous school year by the state total membership in the previous school year, dividing that quotient by the statewide average number of high school credits taken by full-time pupils in the previous school year, as determined by the state superintendent, and multiplying that quotient by the number of high school credits taken by the pupil at the private institution of higher education.

A student is not responsible for any portion of tuition or fees for a course taken for high school credit if the local board has determined the course is not comparable to a course offered in the school district. However, a student is responsible for tuition and fees if the local board determines the course is comparable to a course offered in the district.

Youth Options and Section 118.55(7r): A student taking a course for postsecondary credit only is responsible for all course costs. If a student fails a course or does not complete a course, the student or parent must reimburse the local board for the amount paid on the student’s behalf. If the amount is not reimbursed, the student is ineligible for any further participation in the program.

Course Options: The district pays the cost of providing the course, calculated in a manner determined by the department. The institution may not charge or receive from the student or district any additional payment.

Section 118.15(1)(b) and Dual Enrollment: Student/parent

Section 118.55(7r) only: School district pays tuition, books and course fees for courses that are taken for high school credit; a pupil is not responsible for any portion of tuition or fees for a course taken for high school credit. The district is not responsible for charges for any courses comparable to courses offered in the school district. If the student is a child with a disability, the payment must be adjusted to reflect the cost of any special services required for the pupil.
Wyoming Student's district. A postsecondary institution may not assess any fee from the participating student for textbooks, materials, student services or any other fees otherwise assessed and collected from students attending the institution.

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