Dual Enrollment: Counseling/Advising is Made Available to Students
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Dual Enrollment: Counseling/Advising is Made Available to Students

This database indicates whether state policy requires prospective or current dually-enrolled students to receive counseling about participation in dual enrollment programs.

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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.

Counseling/advising is made available to students
Alabama Yes, at community colleges. The dual enrollment agreement between the local board and postsecondary institution must address methods for addressing student related issues, including admissions, procedures, and advisement.
Alaska Not set in state policy
Arizona Not set in state policy
Arkansas Yes, for endorsed concurrent enrollment courses. The institution offering the course must provide academic guidance counseling, and ensure students have the opportunity to utilize institutional resources, including academic advising on the college/university campus. Institutions may collaborate to meet this requirement.

Concurrent enrollment students must be informed that the student is responsible for all costs associated with enrollment in the concurrent course, unless the courses are paid by another approved public or private entity; and 2) advised about the potential limitations concerning the transfer of college course credit.

If remedial/developmental education courses in English, reading or mathematics are offered for concurrent credit to high school seniors, a list of the colleges/universities with a signed college course placement agreement must be published in the student guide/information sheet, and posted on the college/university website.

The college/university must provide the school district with a student guide or information sheet for concurrent enrollment that the high school must distribute to students and parents, that outlines the college/university and school district requirements for student participation. The high school will assure that the student and parent acknowledge that the student will participate in the concurrent program in accordance with the stated college/university and school district participation requirements.
California Not set in state policy
Colorado Yes. The local education provider (school district, charter school, or board of cooperative services (BOCES)) and the institution of higher education must establish an academic program of study for each qualified student who concurrently enrolls in the institution. The academic program of study must include the academic plan of study the student has developed, indicating the courses the student intends to complete to satisfy high school graduation requirements, and a plan by which the local education provider must make ongoing counseling and career planning available to the student. Each local education provider must develop a standard Concurrent Enrollment application form, that must include verification that the student has been advised by the local education provider regarding Concurrent Enrollment participation if available, at the local education provider level, and each course is consistent with the student's Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP).

Each public school and charter school must ensure that, in developing and maintaining each student's ICAP, the counselor or teacher explains in writing to the student and parent the requirements for and benefits of concurrently enrolling in courses with an institution of higher education. Based on a request from the student or parent, the counselor or teacher must assist the student in course planning to enable the student to concurrently enroll in postsecondary courses.
Connecticut Not set in state policy
Delaware Not set in state policy. However, counselors should include dual enrollment courses planned/taken in the Student Success Plan that is reviewed annually.
District of Columbia Not set in state policy. However, a Dual Enrollment Partnership Agreement between an LEA and a partnering postsecondary institution must specify what student support mechanisms, if any, will be made available.
Florida Yes. Each comprehensive dual enrollment articulation agreement between a district and a Florida College system institution must include a description of the process for informing students and their parents of college-level course expectations.Specifically, the District Interinstitutional Articulation Agreement must delineate a formalized process between the high school counselor and the college for informing students and parents or guardians of college course-level expectations, including:
  • Any letter grade below a “C” will not count as credit toward satisfaction of the requirements in Rule 6A-10.030, F.A.C.; however, all grades are calculated in a student's GPA and will appear on their college transcript.
  • All grades, including “W” for withdrawal, become a part of the student's permanent college transcript and may affect subsequent postsecondary admission.
  • While appropriate for college-level study, course materials and class discussions may reflect topics not typically included in secondary courses which some parents may object to for minors. Courses will not be modified to accommodate variations in student age and/or maturity.
  • The selection of courses to meet degree requirements, including approved program common prerequisite courses, in order to minimize student and state costs for excess hours.
  • The inclusion of dual enrollment course plans in their Electronic Personal Educational Planner (ePEP) using the online student advising system known as Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students at the Internet website FACTS.org, as required by Section 1003.413(3)(i), F.S., to minimize enrollment in a random selection of college courses.
Georgia Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment and Move on When Ready: Yes. The department, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and the State Board of the Technical College System (or in the case of Move on When Ready, just the department) must develop appropriate forms and counseling guidelines for dual credit courses/Move on When Ready and make such forms and guidelines available to local school systems and eligible institutions. A local school system must also provide counseling services in accordance with the counseling guidelines provided by the department to prospective students and their parents before students enroll in a dual credit course or Move on When Ready. Prior to participating in a dual credit course or the Move on When Ready program, the student and parent must sign the form provided by the school system or by an eligible institution stating that they have received the aforementioned counseling and understand the responsibilities to be assumed in participating in the program.

Specifically, the LEA must provide at a minimum the following advisement to any interested student and his/her parent:
  • The names of eligible institutions, approved courses, information about approved academic transferable credit and local and state high school graduation requirements
  • The name of a contact person at each eligible institution for information concerning the program
  • Procedures for scheduling approved courses between the high school and the eligible institutions
  • Financial information for tuition, books and materials
  • The potential effect of the program on a student completing a course and completing required high school graduation requirements
  • Consequences of course incompletion, course failure and the possible delay of high school graduation
  • Eligibility information for participating in extracurricular activities
  • The academic and social responsibilities of the student and parent, including continuing responsibilities to obey the rules of both the eligible institution and the high school.
In addition, the individual graduation plan each student develops before the end of 8th grade must include opportunities for postsecondary studies through articulation, dual enrollment, and joint enrollment.
Hawaii Yes. The department must provide participating students with guidance in earning credit toward high school graduation upon the satisfactory completion of University of Hawaii courses at the 100 level and above. In practice, this is via the department of education website.
Idaho Yes. To the extent possible, the school district must provide counseling services to pupils and their parents before the pupil enrolls in Postsecondary Enrollment Options courses to ensure that the pupil and parents are fully aware of the risks and possible consequences of enrolling in postsecondary courses. The district must provide information on the program including who may enroll, what institutions and sources are available under this program, the decision-making process for granting academic credits, financial arrangements for tuition, books and materials, eligibility criteria for transportation aid, available support services, the need to arrange an appropriate schedule, consequences of failing or not completing a course in which the pupil enrolls, the effect of enrolling in this program on the pupil's ability to complete the required high school graduation requirements, and the academic and social responsibilities that must be assumed by the pupil and parents. The person providing counseling must encourage pupils and their parents to also use available counseling services at the postsecondary institutions prior to the semester of enrollment to ensure that anticipated plans are appropriate and adequate. 

High school students are provided with a student guide that outlines their responsibilities as well as guidelines for the transfer of credit. Information is posted on the high school’s website regarding enrollment, costs, contact information at the high school and the postsecondary institution, grading, expectations of student conduct, and other pertinent information to help the parents and students understand the nature of a dual credit course. Course cost information is provided to students before they enroll in a dual credit course.

Prior to enrolling, the pupil and the pupil's parents must sign a form provided by the school district and may be obtained from a postsecondary institution stating that they have received the aforementioned information and understand the responsibilities that must be assumed in enrolling in this program. The superintendent of public instruction must, upon request, provide technical assistance to a school district in developing appropriate forms and counseling guidelines.
Illinois Not set in state policy
Indiana Yes, for Postsecondary Enrollment Program. A representative of the school corporation, by agreement with an eligible institution and using information that may be provided by the eligible institution, must meet with each student who intends to participate in a postsecondary enrollment opportunity, to discuss:
  • The courses in which the student may enroll, including prerequisites needed
  • The postsecondary credit the student earns upon successful completion of a course
  • The consequences of the student's failure to successfully complete a course
  • Notice of the course and schedule
  • The financial obligations of the student and the school under the postsecondary enrollment opportunity
  • The responsibilities of the student, the student's parent, and the school under the postsecondary enrollment opportunity
  • Other matters concerning the postsecondary enrollment opportunity.
Generally: In addition, each state educational institution must make available to students and high school guidance counselors a report indicating the extent to which and conditions under which postsecondary credit may be granted through various programs.
Iowa Yes, for all Senior Year Plus programs. Statute provides for the development of an Internet-based information clearinghouse that allows students to identify participation options within the Senior Year Plus program and transferability between educational systems. The resource must provide links to other similar resources available through various Iowa postsecondary institution systems, and identify course transferability and articulation between the secondary and postsecondary systems in Iowa and between the various Iowa postsecondary systems.
Kansas Yes. Students must be provided with a student guide created as part of the CEP that outlines their responsibilities in the learning experience as well as a description of how courses may be transferred in the Kansas public postsecondary education system. Advising of students who wish to enroll in CEP classes must be carried out by both the high school and postsecondary institution.
Kentucky No, for courses generally.

Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and CPE Dual Credit: Yes. The local college/institution and secondary school are each responsible for providing advising to students and parents regarding dual credit courses and the implications for students’ future collegiate enrollment and financial aid. For KCTCS, this advising includes career counseling and college program advising, and promoting matriculation to KCTCS. For CPE, this information should promote matriculation to a public postsecondary institution and include college and career program materials.
Louisiana Not set in state policy
Maine Not set in state policy
Maryland Not set in state policy
Massachusetts Not set in state policy
Michigan Both programs: Yes. To the extent possible, a school district or state approved nonpublic school must provide counseling services to an eligible student and his/her parent before the student enrolls in a postsecondary (or CTE preparation) course to ensure that the student and parent are fully aware of the benefits, risks, and possible consequences of enrolling in the course. The person providing the counseling must encourage the eligible student and his /her parent to also use available counseling services at the postsecondary institution (or CTE preparation program) before the quarter or semester of enrollment to ensure that anticipated plans are appropriate. A school district or state approved nonpublic school may provide this required counseling in a group meeting if additional personalized counseling is also made available.

Before enrolling in a course at a postsecondary institution (or CTE preparation program), a student and his/her parent must file with the postsecondary institution or CTE preparation program a signed form provided by the student's district or nonpublic school stating that the student is an eligible student and has received the aforementioned information and counseling, and that the student understands the responsibilities that must be assumed in enrolling in the course. Upon request, the department must provide technical assistance to a district or nonpublic school and to an eligible postsecondary institution or CTE preparation program in developing appropriate forms and counseling guidelines for these purposes.
Minnesota Yes. To the extent possible, the school or district must provide counseling services to students and their parents before students enroll in courses, to ensure that the students and parents are fully aware of the risks and possible consequences of enrolling in postsecondary courses. The school or district information must include who may enroll, what institutions and courses are eligible for participation, the decision-making process for granting academic credits, financial arrangements for tuition, books and materials, eligibility criteria for transportation aid, available support services, the need to arrange an appropriate schedule, consequences of failing or not completing a course in which the student enrolls, the effect of enrolling in this program on the student's ability to complete the required high school graduation requirements, and the academic and social responsibilities that must be assumed by students and their parents. The person providing counseling must encourage students and their parents to also use available counseling services at the postsecondary institutions before the quarter or semester of enrollment to ensure that anticipated plans are appropriate.

Prior to enrolling in a course, the student and the student's parent must sign a form stating that they have received the aforementioned information and that they understand the responsibilities that must be assumed in enrolling in this program. The department must, upon request, provide technical assistance to a school or district in developing appropriate forms and counseling guidelines.
Mississippi Not set in state policy
Missouri Yes, for courses offered on high schools by high school faculty. Students must have geographic access to student and academic support similar to the support students on the college campus have.
Montana Not set in state policy
Nebraska Not set in state policy
Nevada Not set in state policy
New Hampshire Not set in state policy
New Jersey Not set in state policy
New Mexico Yes. Postsecondary and district partners in dual credit agreements must collaborate to provide information and orientation to the student and parent on the responsibilities of dual credit enrollment, including academic rigor, time commitments, and behavioral expectations associated with taking college courses and the importance of satisfactorily completing the postsecondary institution credits attempted in order for dual credit to be awarded. Postsecondary and district partners must also inform students of course requirement information, including course content, grading policy, attendance requirements, course completion requirements, performance standards, and other related course information.

Students are required to discuss potential dual credit courses with the appropriate LEA and postsecondary institution staff, including institution admission and registration requirements, course requirements, credits to be attempted, credits to be awarded, scheduling under dual credit, and implications for failure to successfully complete the course.
New York Not set in state policy
North Carolina Not set in state policy. Advising is primarily the high school’s responsibility.
North Dakota Not set in state policy
Ohio Yes, for Post-Secondary Enrollment Options. School districts and participating community schools (charter schools) and nonpublic schools must provide counseling to students in grades 8-11 and their parents before students participate, to ensure that students and parents are fully aware of the advantages, possible risks and consequences of participation. Counseling information must include:
  • Program eligibility, including freshman status as locally determined, and acceptance by college
  • Options as to whether the student/parent will
    • bear tuition and other fees and earn college credit only, or high school and college credit
    • have the college reimbursed by the department of education or an alternative funding agreement between the district and institution, and receive high school and college credit
  • Financial arrangements for tuition, books, materials, and fees
  • The process for granting academic credits
  • Criteria for any transportation aid
  • Available support services
  • Scheduling
  • The consequences of failing or not completing a course in which the student enrolls and the effect of the grade attained in the course being included in the student's grade point average, if applicable
  • The effect of program participation on the student's ability to complete the district's, community school's, or nonpublic school's graduation requirements
  • The academic and social responsibilities of students and parents under the program
  • Information about and encouragement to use the counseling services of the college in which the student intends to enroll
  • Information confirming that the student can take college courses at no cost
  • Encouragement to all students who have the ability to undertake college work, especially gifted students, to seriously consider the program
  • That students participating in the program may enroll in more than one college.
Nonpublic school counseling to students in grades 8-11 and their parents regarding Post-Secondary Enrollment Options must also include an explanation that funding may be limited and that not all nonpublic students who wish to participate may be able to do so.

The school district, community school, or nonpublic school must document that the student and parent received the aforementioned counseling, and that they understand the responsibilities the student and the student's parent must assume in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program. The district, community school or participating nonpublic school must maintain documentation of the counseling required.
Oklahoma Yes. The college should provide appropriate academic advising prior to and continuing throughout a student’s enrollment.
Oregon Expanded Options: Yes. Prior to an eligible student beginning an eligible postsecondary course, the district must notify the student of the number and type of credits the student will be granted upon successful completion of the course. If there is a dispute between the district and the eligible student regarding the number or type of credits the district will grant or that the district has granted for a particular eligible postsecondary course, the student may appeal the district's decision using an appeals process adopted by the district board.

Dual Credit: In accordance with the Oregon Dual Credit Standards, postsecondary institutions must outline specific course requirements and prerequisites for dual credit programs. They must also provide high school students with a student guide that outlines students’ responsibilities as well as guidelines for the transfer of credit.
Pennsylvania Not set in state policy

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Rhode Island Not set in state policy

South Carolina Not set in state policy
South Dakota Not set in state policy
Tennessee Yes. The office of postsecondary coordination and alignment must make available to students, their parents, and other stakeholders, prior to students enrolling in an early postsecondary credit course, the requirements for receipt of credit at each postsecondary institution and the transferability of credits among public postsecondary institutions. High schools must also disseminate to students taking a dual credit class information on the acceptance of challenge examinations and on each postsecondary institution’s awarding of postsecondary major credit or elective credit for the course.
Texas Dual credit: Yes. Students in dual credit courses must be eligible to utilize the same or comparable support services afforded college students on the main campus. The college is responsible for ensuring timely and efficient access to such services (e.g., academic advising and counseling).

Courses offered through partnerships between secondary schools and public two-year colleges: Yes. The partnership agreement must address provision of student learning and support services.
Utah Yes. The state board and the board of regents must work together to effectively advise high school students on registering for concurrent enrollment courses. LEAs and institutions must coordinate advice and information provided to a prospective or current concurrent enrollment student. Advising must include providing information on general education requirements at higher education institutions and helping students and parents efficiently choose concurrent enrollment courses to avoid duplication or excess credit hours. The annual concurrent enrollment contract between an LEA and an institution must provide for the entity responsible for parent notification about concurrent enrollment purpose(s) and student and family privacy protections.
Vermont Dual Enrollment: Not set in state policy. However, one of the duties of the agency of education relative to the program is to convene regular meetings of interested parties to explore and develop improved student support services.

Technical: Not set in state policy
Virginia Not set in state policy
Washington Running Start: Yes. Institutions of higher education, in collaboration with relevant student associations, must aim for students who can benefit from fee waivers for low-income students to take advantage of these waivers. Institutions must make every effort to communicate to students/families the benefits of the waivers and provide assistance to students/families on how to apply. To the greatest extent possible, institutions must: (1) Incorporate information about waivers into financial aid counseling, admission information, and individual billing statements, and (2) use all means of communication, including web sites, 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.

College in the High School: Not set in state policy
West Virginia Not set in state policy
Wisconsin Youth Options and 118.55(7r): Limited. A local board must inform the pupil and the pupil's parent or guardian if the pupil's timetable for graduation may be negatively affected if the student participates in the program.

All other programs: Not set in state policy
Wyoming Yes. Each high school/college partnership must have a contact person for overseeing the program in both the high school and college. The liaision is responsible for coordinating advisement, course schedules, regular and standardized communications, course transferability, and support services. Each partnership must also coordinate support services that include, but are not limited to, tutoring, technical assistance, library resources, counseling, advising and peer support. Each student and his/her parent must sign the Community College‐High School Dual/Concurrent Registration Form and discuss student responsibility and transfer of credits.

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