Dual Enrollment: College Partners Can Be 2-Year/4-Year/Both
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Dual Enrollment: College Partners Can Be 2-Year/4-Year/Both

This database indicates the types of postsecondary institutions that may accept dual enrollment students.

Where a response states "both," it denotes that all public two- and four-year institutions may (or must) accept dual enrollment students. If only select public institutions may participate in dual enrollment programs, or if additional institutions (private, proprietary, tribal, etc.) may accept dual enrollment students, that information is noted as well.

Why does it matter?
  • Including four-year institutions increases the likelihood that credits will be accepted should a student choose to transfer into a four-year program.
  • Including two-year institutions increases the geographical availability of dual enrollment programs, and can lessen the intimidation factor for some students.
Highlights
  • Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia allow two- and four-year postsecondary institutions to accept dual enrollment students.
  • One state allows only two-year public postsecondary institutions to participate in dual enrollment programs.
  • Seven states have multiple programs that vary in the types of institutions that may participation.
  • In three states, state policy does not address the types of institutions that may accept dual enrollment students.
  • No state allows only four-year institutions to participate in dual enrollment programs.
  • Twenty-four states allow nonpublic, proprietary or tribal colleges to participate in 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.

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.

College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both
Alabama Both
Alaska Not set in state policy
Arizona Both
Arkansas For both programs: Both. For enrollment of students who have completed the 8th grade (non-“endorsed concurrent enrollment course”), accredited private institutions may also participate.
California Both
Colorado Both. Postsecondary career and technical education programs and accredited private baccalaureate-awarding institutions may also participate.
Connecticut Both. Accredited non-profit and for-profit colleges, universities, and occupational schools are also eligible to participate.
Delaware Both. Regionally accredited private institutions may also participate.
District of Columbia Both. Accredited not-for-profit private institutions may also participate.
Florida Both. Independent, accredited, not-for-profit colleges and universities may also participate.
Georgia Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment and Move on When Ready: Both. Private independent nonprofit and private proprietary institutions may also participate.

ACCEL Program: Both. However, coursework must lead to 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.)

HOPE Grant Program: Two-year
Hawaii Both
Idaho Both. Accredited private two-year trade and technical schools and private, residential, two-year or four-year liberal arts colleges and universities may also participate.
Illinois Both. Not-for-profit public and private and certain accredited for-profit institutions may also participate.
Indiana All programs: Both. An accredited private college or university may also participate.
Iowa District-to-Community College Sharing or Concurrent Enrollment, Career Academies, and Project Lead the Way: Two-year

Postsecondary Enrollment Options: Both. An eligible accredited private institution may also participate.
Kansas Both. Accredited independent institutions may also participate.
Kentucky Both. Independent institutions may also participate.
Louisiana Dual Enrollment and TOPS – Tech Early Start Award: Both. Course providers through the Louisiana Program may also offer dual enrollment courses.
Maine Both. The Maine Maritime Academy may also participate.
Maryland Both
Massachusetts Both
Michigan Both programs: Both. Tribal colleges and independent nonprofit colleges and universities may also participate.
Minnesota Both. Private, nonprofit two-year trade and technical school granting associate degrees, an opportunities industrialization center accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and a private, residential, two-year or four-year, liberal arts may also participate.
Mississippi Both
Missouri Both. Private colleges and universities may also participate.
Montana Running Start: Both. Tribal colleges may also participate.

Class 8 or Class B Alternative License and Concurrent Enrollment: Unclear

Montana Digital Academy: 2- and 4-year institutions
Nebraska Both. Nonprofit private postsecondary educational institutions may also offer distance education dual enrollment courses.
Nevada Both
New Hampshire Not set in state policy
New Jersey Both. Nonpublic two- and four-year institutions may also participate.
New Mexico Both. Accredited tribal colleges may also participate.
New York Not set in state policy
North Carolina Two-year
North Dakota Both. Other postsecondary institutions accredited by a recognized regional or national accrediting organization are also eligible to participate.
Ohio Both. Private and for-profit two- and four-year institutions may also participate.
Oklahoma Both
Oregon Both
Pennsylvania Both. Private two- and four-year colleges, private licensed schools, and four-year private postsecondary institutions may also participate.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Rhode Island Both
South Carolina Both
South Dakota Both
Tennessee Both
Texas Both
Utah Both
Vermont Dual Enrollment: Both. A private institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges or another regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may also participate.

Technical: Two-year
Virginia Both. In addition, each public institution of higher education must commit to the governor and the general assembly to offer dual enrollment programs in cooperation with high schools.
Washington Dual Credit: Both

Running Start: Two-year and select four-year institutions if the governing board decides to participate (Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and the Evergreen State College are authorized. The Evergreen State College does not participate at this time). Accredited tribal colleges may also participate.

College in the High School: Both. Accredited tribal colleges may also participate.
West Virginia Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment: Both

West Virginia EDGE: 2-year

Early Enrollment: Both
Wisconsin Youth Options and Course Options: Both. Private, nonprofit institutions and tribal colleges may also participate.

Section 118.15(1)(b), Dual Enrollment, and Section 118.55(7r): 2-year
Wyoming Both options: Both. Other accredited postsecondary institutions may also participate. The University of Wyoming offers dual enrollment.

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