|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.|
|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.
2015 legislation establishes the tribal college dual enrollment program fund, and authorizes 15% of unclaimed lottery funds to be transferred into the fund. The bill provides the fund may also include other monies appropriated by the legislature and gifts, grants, devises and other contributions of money or property from any lawful public or private source. The Department of Education must disburse tribal college dual enrollment program funds by compensating tribal colleges for tuition and fees that are waived to allow high school students to attend classes at tribal college campuses, including dual enrollment classes the tribal college provides electronically to high school 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||Original program: Student/parent. A community college district may exempt special part-time students from fee requirements, but is not required to do so.|
College and Career Access Pathways partnerships: Unclear. A high school student may not be assessed a fee prohibited by Section 49011.
|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.|
|Delaware||Local decision. Payment of tuition varies depending upon the type of dual enrollment and district policy -- may be paid by the district, 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 awarding 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.
The Delaware legislature has appropriated $1.5 million annually since 2014 for college access funding. The appropriation includes a line item to cover dual enrollment tuition, books, and other expenses, (including student transportation as needed), for low-income students. Funds are automatically awarded to districts retroactively based on the percentage of low-income dually enrolled students reported to the department of education.
|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 during the fall or spring term, 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 postsecondary institution's proportion of salary and benefits. When dual enrollment is provided at the high school by school district faculty, the school district is not responsible for payment to the postsecondary institution.|
Subject to annual appropriation in the General Appropriations Act, a public postsecondary institution must receive an amount of funding equivalent to the standard tuition rate per credit hour for each dual enrollment course taken during the summer term.
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||State. Program funding is provided to the Georgia Student Finance Commission via an annual appropriation. In order to participate in the program, each eligible postsecondary institution must enter into a participation agreement with the Georgia Student Finance Commission agreeing to:
In the event the funds made available to the commission are not sufficient to meet all funding requirements of the program, the amount paid eligible postsecondary institutions must be reduced by the commission. Postsecondary institutions under no circumstances may charge an eligible high school student for tuition, mandatory and noncourse related fees, or books.
|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.|
While 2015 S.B. 374 repealed a statutory provision that required high school students to pay tuition and fees for every college course, the measure was not accompanied by an appropriation or alternative funding source. As a result, the student/parent is still responsible for tuition and fees as of March 2016.
|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.|
Public school students who have completed all state high school graduation requirements (except senior project) before the beginning of their final 12th grade semester or trimester are eligible for assistance in paying for up to 18 credits per semester or 12 credits per trimester of dual credit courses. The state department of education must distribute funds from moneys appropriated for the educational support program to defray the per credit cost charged by a postsecondary institution for a dual credit course, up to $75 per credit hour. An 11th grader qualifies for an amount equal to the amount necessary to cover the dual credit fee set by the state board for up to 3 postsecondary semester or equivalent credits. A 12th grader who does not qualify for final semester/trimester financial aid qualifies for an amount equal to cover the dual credit fee set by the state board for up to 6 postsecondary semester or equivalent credits.
The state department of education must annually report to the house and senate education committees on the number of students benefitting from this dual credit financial assistance, and the number of credits awarded and amounts paid during the previous school year.
If a student fails to earn credit for any course for which the department has paid a reimbursement, the student must pay for and successfully earn credit for one such course before the department may pay any further reimbursement for the student.
|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 2013-2015 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 and taking courses on campus, the school corporation may be required to pay 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
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: Student/parent. 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 tiered, funded CTE courses: 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||Local decision. The Guiding Principles for the CPE/KDE Dual Credit Policy provide, “The costs of delivering dual credit courses should be shared by a combination of state, postsecondary institutions, secondary schools, state-funded scholarships, and students and families so that no one entity is solely responsible for such costs."|
Under the Dual Credit Policy:
The CPE/KDE Dual Credit Policy requires the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to establish a statewide Dual Credit Advisory Council. One of the Advisory Council's responsibilities is to create a plan identifying funding mechanism options for sharing the costs of delivering dual credit courses. These options should include all of the following cost-sharing partners: the state, postsecondary institutions, secondary schools, state funded scholarships, and students and families.
|Louisiana||Dual Enrollment: State, for public school student. Student/parent, for nonpublic school student. 2015 H.C.R. 136 requests the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, in consultation with the Board of Regents, to study the feasibility and costs of using state funds to pay for students in approved home study programs to participate in dual enrollment programs established by the Board of Regents and to submit a written report of its findings and conclusions to the house education committee no later than 60 days before the beginning of the 2016 regular legislative session.|
Course Choice Dual Enrollment: The course provider may charge tuition to any eligible participating student in an amount approved by the department of education. Fifty percent of the course amount or tuition is paid to the course provider upon student enrollment in a course; the remaining 50% is paid upon course completion.
TOPS – Tech Early Start Award: Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission pays $150 for each three credit hour or equivalent time course, up to two courses per semester in grades 11-12.
|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||Combination of district and student/parent. Both credit and non-credit courses are eligible for tuition reductions under dual enrollment provided the non-credit courses are career-related (i.e., youth apprenticeships). 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:
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 Commission-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 to students who are dually enrolled.
|Massachusetts||General program: Not set in state policy|
Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership: Students participating in CDEP, a discretionary state grant program, take their first dual enrollment course at little to no cost. Costs for enrolling in subsequent courses are determined by individual institutions. Student participation in CDEP is determined by individual institutions, based on institutional capacity and state appropriation. In FY15, the program had 1,627 enrollments.
In 2015-16, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education asked campuses to focus on cohort based models through CDEP. The aim is to pay for the faculty salary and waive individual tuition and fees for individual students as a way to keep costs under control.
|Michigan||PSEO and Career and Technical Preparation Act: Combination of 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.
PSEO, Career and Technical Preparation Act, and Concurrent Enrollment: For a district to be eligible for a supplemental payment to support student participation in PSEO, Career and Technical Preparation Act, or concurrent enrollment coursework, a district must submit an application to the department of education. The district must enter into a written agreement with a postsecondary institution and meet program requirements established in legislation, including agreeing to pay all eligible charges for PSEO or Career and Technical Preparation Act coursework, or ensuring the written agreement between the district and postsecondary partner provides that the postsecondary institution will not charge the student for any cost of the program, for concurrent enrollment. Funds are awarded to eligible districts in the following manner:
|Minnesota||Postsecondary Enrollment Options: 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 $425, multiplied by 1.2 and divided by 30 for institutions on a semester calendar, or divided by 45 for institutions on a quarter calendar. 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. The department must not make payments to a postsecondary institution for a course from which a student officially withdraws during the first 14 days of the quarter or semester or who has been absent from the postsecondary institution for the first 15 consecutive school days of the quarter or semester and is not receiving instruction in the home or hospital.|
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.
Concurrent Enrollment: The actual costs school districts must pay are determined by local agreements between districts and postsecondary partners. If the course is taught by a secondary instructor, the postsecondary institution may not require payment that exceeds the cost to the postsecondary institution that is directly attributable to providing that course.
Districts must receive from the state up to $150 per student enrolled in a concurrent enrollment course; however, this is based on a fixed annual state appropriation. If the appropriation does not cover the full $150 per student, the district covers the balance.
|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. Institutions are prohibited from using fees as a means of enticing school districts or competing with other institutions for dual credit students. Institutions must charge reasonable fees for providing dual credit courses.|
For the purpose of payment of dual credit course fees under the Missouri Fee Payment Program, eligible students must be enrolled in an approved course, and have scored either 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 identifying 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||Local decision. Student/parent, unless another arrangement is made between the school board, a private foundation, grants, or other sources. Currently, GEAR UP districts provide tuition support (often full) to dual enrollment students. Some TRiO programs in the state have similar support programs in place. |
All Montana University System Colleges have a common tuition approach for dually enrolled students, established by a Directive from Montana’s Commissioner of Higher Education. The tuition is 50% of the resident 2-year tuition rate with no mandatory and non-mandatory fees, except for course fees (where applicable).
|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. 2015 legislation defines "career program of study" as a sequence of at least three high school courses that
In addition, the Nebraska Dual Enrollment Standards, which serve as guidelines but do not have the force of law, provide: "School districts and postsecondary education institutions should work together to ensure broad access to dual enrollment courses for all students, irrespective of the students’ financial resources. Postsecondary education institutions are encouraged to offer tuition remissions or find other means of support for eligible students qualifying for free or reduced lunches or otherwise demonstrating financial need.
"School districts that receive state aid related in part to significant numbers of students challenged by poverty or English language limitations should consider using such aid or finding other means of support to fund the tuition expenses of eligible students who would not otherwise be able to enroll in dual enrollment courses."
|Nevada||Generally: Student/parent. Nevada resident high school students may enroll in a distance learning course delivered to an off-campus site for a $50 registration fee per course if the course fee is approved by the institutional president. |
2015 S.B. 515 appropriates $3 million for the 2015-2016 fiscal year and $5 million for the 2016-2017 fiscal year for the Department of Education to award competitive grants to support dual enrollment for high school students, including in charter schools; and to create a competitive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grant program for middle schools and high school students, including charter school students, to help those students become college- and career-ready.
|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, a dual enrollment agreement between a school district and public postsecondary institution must include a provision ensuring an eligible student is not excluded from participation because of an 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. If sufficient appropriations are received, the tribal colleges will be fully reimbursed for all dual credit tuition and fees. If the legislative appropriation is inadequate to fully reimburse each of the tribal colleges for the full amount of the tuition and fees expended to provide dual credit, the department will offer the presidents of the tribal colleges or their designees the opportunity to select another method of reimbursement. In the event of an inadequate appropriation, the department will honor a fair and equitable alternative method of distribution of the reimbursement only if the method is agreed upon by all the tribal colleges pursuant to a memorandum of agreement. If the tribal colleges cannot agree unanimously upon a fair and equitable distribution of an inadequate appropriation for dual credit tuition and fees, the department will develop a formula that fairly distributes the appropriation. The department's formula will be distributed to the colleges for review and comment before any distribution is made. However, in the event of disagreement, the department's determination of a distribution method is the final determination.
|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. All curriculum courses taken by Career and College Promise students at community colleges are tuition-waived except courses offered on a self-supporting basis.|
Responsibility for textbook costs is locally determined. Textbook costs are the student's responsibility unless a student's high school, school district, or another organization covers these costs. Student fees (e.g., technology fees, insurance fees) are not waived for Career and College Promise students. However, school districts and community colleges should work together to determine whether and how student fees will be paid for participating students.
|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.|
For each public or nonpublic school participant enrolled in a public college, if no agreement has been entered into establishing an alternative payment structure for tuition, textbooks, and fees, the department pays the college:
For a nonpublic secondary school participant or home-instructed participant, the department pays state funds only if that participant is awarded funding according to rules adopted by the chancellor of higher education.
Alternative payment structure for public or nonpublic school participant enrolled in a public college: The governing entity of a participant's secondary school and the college may enter into an agreement to establish an alternative payment structure for tuition, textbooks, and fees. Under such an agreement, payments for each participant made by the department must be not less than the default floor amount, unless approved by the chancellor, and not more than the default ceiling amount. The chancellor must approve an agreement that includes a payment below the default floor amount, as long as the provisions of the agreement comply with all other requirements of this chapter to ensure program quality.
No participant enrolled in a public college may be charged for any tuition, textbooks, or other fees related to program participation. No school district may charge a student an additional fee or tuition for participation in any advanced standing program, including College Credit Plus, although students may be required to pay the costs associated with taking an AP or IB exam.
For each public school participant enrolled in a private college: If no agreement has been entered into, the department pays the college the applicable amount calculated in the same manner as described above for each public or nonpublic secondary school participant enrolled in a public college.
Alternative payment structure for public school participant enrolled in a private college: The governing entity of a participant's secondary school and the college may enter into an agreement to establish an alternative payment structure for tuition, textbooks, and fees. Under such an agreement, payments may be not less than the default floor amount, unless approved by the chancellor, and not more than the default ceiling amount. If an agreement is entered into, the department must make a payment to the college for each participant that is equal to the default floor amount, unless approved by the chancellor to pay an amount below the default floor amount. The chancellor must approve an agreement that includes a payment below the default floor amount, as long as the provisions of the agreement comply with all other requirements of this chapter to ensure program quality. Payment for costs for the participant that exceed the amount paid by the department must be negotiated by the school and the college. The agreement may include a stipulation permitting the charging of a participant who is not economically disadvantaged. However, under no circumstances may payments made exceed the default ceiling amount, nor may the amount charged a participant exceed the difference between the maximum per participant charge amount and the default floor amount, nor the sum of the payments made by the department for a participant and the amount charged to that participant exceed the maximum per participant charge amount for a course delivered by postsecondary faculty on the college campus, or exceed $125 for a course delivered by college faculty at the student’s secondary school, or exceed $100 for a course taught by a high school teacher.
Under no circumstances may a participant identified as economically disadvantaged be charged for any tuition, textbooks, or other fees related to program participation.
For each nonpublic school participant enrolled in a private or eligible out-of-state college: The department pays the college the applicable amount calculated in the same manner as described above for each public or nonpublic secondary school participant enrolled in a public college Payment for costs for the participant that exceed the amount paid by the department must be negotiated by the governing body of the nonpublic secondary school and the college. . However, under no circumstances may payments made exceed the default ceiling amount, nor may any nonpublic secondary school participant who has a scholarship awarded under the educational choice scholarship pilot program, or the pilot project scholarship program, and who qualifies as a low-income student under either of those programs, be charged for any tuition, textbooks, or other fees related to program participation.
For each nonchartererd nonpublic school participant and each home-instructed participant enrolled in a public, private, or eligible out-of-state college: The department pays the college the default ceiling amount, if that participant is enrolled in a college course delivered on the college campus, at another location operated by the college, or online.
For all enrollment scenarios: Not later than 30 days after the end of each term, each college expecting to receive payment for participant costs must notify the department of the number of enrolled credit hours for each participant. Each January and July, or as soon as possible thereafter, the department makes the applicable payments to each college that provided proper notification to the department for participants’ enrolled credit hours. The department may not make any payments to a college if a participant withdrew from a course prior to the date on which a withdrawal from the course would have negatively affected the participant's transcripted grade, as prescribed by the college's established withdrawal policy.
For nonpublic and homeschooled students: Payments made for nonpublic secondary school participants, nonchartered nonpublic secondary school participants, and home-instructed participants must be deducted from moneys appropriated by the general assembly for such purpose. Payments must be allocated and distributed in accordance with rules adopted by the chancellor of higher education. The rules must include that payments made for nonchartered nonpublic secondary school participants be made in the same manner as payments for home-instructed participants.
However, if a public school student earns a non-passing grade, the district superintendent or equivalent may seek reimbursement from the participant or the participant's parent for the amount of state funds paid to the college on the participant’s behalf for that college course. A public school’s governing entity may withhold grades and credits received by the participant for high school courses taken by the participant until the participant or the participant's parent provides reimbursement. A nonpublic school administrator may likewise seek reimbursement of state funds from a student or parent of a student who earns a non-passing grade. Upon collecting any funds from a nonpublic school participant or participant's parent, the chief administrator must send an amount equal to the funds collected to the superintendent of public instruction, who must credit that amount to the general revenue fund. A superintendent or chief administrator must not seek reimbursement from a participant or a participant's parent if the participant is economically disadvantaged, unless the student was expelled by the school.
|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 2015 legislature appropriated $250,000 for Accelerated College Credit Program Grants, which are awarded on a competitive basis to applicant school districts, educational service districts (as a pass-through to districts), regional consortia, and public postsecondary institutions to support teacher training, instructional materials, and student expenses (other than test fees) related to accelerated learning options (i.e., dual credit, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other partnership programs). The Request for Applications (RFA) provides that preference will be given to regions with high poverty rates, large underserved student populations, and that did not already receive funds from a Regional Promise 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||Generally: Local decision. The district or the state may cover all or a portion of tuition and fees; the student is responsible for paying any tuition/fees not paid by the district or the state, and any other costs.|
Dual Credit: The 2014 legislature appropriated base funding to support the South Dakota High School Dual Credit (HSDC) program, which makes dual credit courses available to 11th and 12th graders at public, private and tribal high schools whose schools have signed an MOU with the South Dakota Department of Education. Participating institutions provide dual credit courses via the institution's faculty members at on-campus locations, via distance, and at the three University Center locations. Courses are available at $40 per credit hour (starting fall 2016, $48.33 per credit hour).
Under this program, students cover instructional cost fees (including but not limited to course materials, texts, and related instructional supplies), but may not be assessed any additional course fees (i.e., lab fees, program fees, discipline fees, laptop fees, delivery fees, etc.) The e-text fee may be assessed those students if this is a requirement for the course.
The South Dakota Department of Education will reimburse Board of Regents institutions at a rate of $105 per credit hour, based on census date enrollments in this program. This rate is prorated per Board of Regents policy for courses resulting in "W" grades prior to the 60% date established in the academic calendar.
Concurrent Enrollment: $40 per credit hour (starting fall 2016, $48.33 per credit hour), if course is offered through the Externally Supported tuition rate (requires approval by the System Vice President for Academic Affairs). Students are expected to cover all instructional costs, including course materials, texts, and related instructional supplies. Student textbooks may be provided by the high school per local school/district policy. No additional course level fees (i.e., lab fees, program fees, discipline fees, laptop fees, delivery fees, etc.) may be assessed to students enrolled in concurrent enrollment coursework.
Campus Enrollment: High school juniors or seniors may enroll in regularly scheduled courses on campus, state sponsored centers, approved off-campus locations, or online on a space available basis. Students pay full-tuition rate and applicable fees.
|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 11th or 12th grader who is not ineligible for a state lottery-funded grant, has been a Tennessee resident for at least one year, before the grant application date, is admitted to an eligible postsecondary institution as a dual enrollment student, and completes the Dual Enrollment Grant Application online. The student must renew the Dual Enrollment Grant application each postsecondary academic term. Effective with the 2015-2016 school year, for students attending an eligible two-year or four-year postsecondary institution, the award amount is up to $500 per course for the first and second courses attempted and $200 for the third course attempted. Students receive no funding from the Dual Enrollment Grant program for the fourth course attempted. All students who attempt a fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth course will receive $100 per semester hour. For students attending a TCAT, the award amount is $100 per clock hour for all courses attempted. The maximum award for the Dual Enrollment Grant is $1,200 per academic year.
A student receiving a dual enrollment grant may enroll for 1 course per semester at an eligible postsecondary institution. Courses attempted as a dual enrollment student do not count toward the limitation on the receipt of a HOPE scholarship. A student who receives a dual enrollment grant for 1 semester must reapply for a dual enrollment grant for the student's next semester of attendance at an eligible postsecondary institution. To be eligible for a dual enrollment grant for a semester beyond the first semester of receipt, the student must continue to meet all eligibility requirements for the grant and achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for all postsecondary courses attempted under a dual enrollment grant. However, if a student is a junior or senior, is receiving a dual enrollment grant, and has either (1) qualified academically for a Tennessee HOPE scholarship by earning the required composite ACT score or the combined SAT score, or (2) achieved an overall weighted GPA of ≥ 3.0 for all high school work completed before the semester of enrollment as a dual enrollment student, the student may enroll in one additional course per semester at an eligible postsecondary institution as a dual enrollment student. Financial assistance received for this additional course per semester must reduce the amount of any subsequent award of the Tennessee HOPE scholarship on a dollar-per-dollar basis.
A student's participation in the Dual Enrollment Grant program is limited to the remaining amount of time normally required to complete the high school diploma, from the time of initial participation in the program. The grant is available for the regular fall and spring semester, and for summer semesters prior to graduation from high school for those students who did not exceed the maximum award during the regular school year. Any deduction to a student's HOPE Scholarship as a result of taking additional Dual Enrollment Grant courses provided for under T.C.A. § 49-4-930 must be applied in full against the amount of the student's HOPE Scholarship in the first semester of enrollment at an eligible postsecondary institution. If the student's HOPE award in the first semester is less than the amount of the total deduction, then the remaining deduction amount is applied against the second semester, and subsequent semesters if necessary, until the deduction is eliminated.
The grant will pay only for lower division (courses numbered 100-200 or 1000-2000) postsecondary credit for general education courses and courses in the disciplines. The grant will not pay for upper division courses (numbered 300-400 or 3000-4000).
|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, or for a student who exits the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services and is returned to his/her parent. 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. Statute directs the State Board of Education to allocate money appropriated for concurrent enrollment in proportion to the number of credit hours earned for courses taken where (1) an LEA primarily bears the cost of instruction; and (2) an institution primarily bears the cost of instruction. For courses for which the LEA primarily bears the cost of instruction, the State Board of Education must distribute 60% of the money to LEAs, and 40% of the money to the State Board of Regents. For courses for which the institution primarily bears the cost of instruction, the State Board of Educatio nmust distribute 60% of the money to the State Board of Regents, and 40% of the money to LEAs. Statute directs the State Board of Education and the State Board of Regents to make rules providing for the distribution of money to LEAs and institutions of higher education, respectively, under these provisions. Statute also directs the legislature, subject to budget constraints, to annually increase the money appropriated for concurrent enrollment in proportion to the percentage increase over the previous school year in K-12 student enrollment, and the value of the weighted pupil unit.|
An institution of higher education may charge no more than $30 per credit hour for a concurrent enrollment course for which a student earns college credit. A higher education institution may not charge more than $5 per credit hour for an eligible student who qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch; $10 per credit hour for a course taught by a qualified high school instructor; or $15 per credit hour for a course taught via videoconferencing. In practice, in the 2015-2016 school year all students are charged $5 per credit hour.
The State Board of Regents may charge a one-time fee for a student to participate in the concurrent enrollment program. A student who pays such a fee does not satisfy a general admission application fee requirement for a part-time or full-time student at an institution of higher education. An institution of higher education may charge a one-time admission application fee for a concurrent enrollment course. Except as permitted in these provisions, the state Board of Regents or an institution of higher education may not charge tuition or fees for a concurrent enrollment course.
Utah Navajo Trust Fund (UNTF): UNTF higher education scholarship funding is available to eligible San Juan County, Utah, Navajo students for studies at institutions of their choice. Concurrent Enrollment Program students must meet the eligibility criteria regarding all requirements for the UNTF Higher Education Scholarship & Financial Assistance Program with the following modifications:
|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. State 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.
2015 H.B. 490 provides for $50,000 to be transferred to the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) to fund a flat-rate, need-based stipend or voucher program to defray costs related to books, transportation, and course fees for financially needy students in dual enrollment or early college courses. Provision directs the VSAC to establish program eligibility criteria, and to report on the program to House and Senate Committees on Education and Appropriations by January 15, 2016.
|Virginia||Local decision. However, under the Governing Principles for Dual Enrollment Between Virginia's Public Schools and the Virginia Community College System, approved summer 2015, full tuition and fees must be paid the community college, but when the course is taught at the high school by a qualified high school faculty member, the minimum amount the community college must reimburse the school division is 60% of tuition charged. Dual enrollment reimbursement rates may be increased up to 100% based on specified options negotiated by the community college and public school division. Total reimbursement may not exceed 100% of the tuition charged. School divisions may not charge dual enrollment students or their families more than the actual cost of the tuition and fees charged. Reimbursement rates and justifications must be documented in the annual dual enrollment contract between the community college and the school division. |
When courses are not taught by high school faculty members, the community college may, in order to reduce the net cost to students, reimburse the school division a portion of tuition in recognition of agreed-to contributions of resources provided by the school division.
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 a dual enrollment agreement between the high school and community college must be charged at the Virginia in-state rate.
|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 must 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.
Students may pay fees with advanced college tuition payment program tuition units at a rate set by the advanced college tuition payment program governing body.
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: Local decision. The institution of higher education may charge tuition to participating students. However, legislation permits, subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this purpose, funding to be allocated at an amount per college credit for 11th and 12th grade students. The maximum annual number of allocated credits per participating student must be specified in the omnibus appropriations act, up to 10 credits. Funding must be prioritized first for high schools offering a Running Start in the High School program in the 2014-2015 school year (such schools receive prioritized funding in the 2015-2016 school year); then students whose residence or high school is ≥ 20 driving miles from the nearest eligible postsecondary institution offering a Running Start program; then high schools eligible for the small school funding enhancement in the omnibus appropriations act. After such programs are funded, a subsidy may be provided 11th and 12th graders eligible for free or reduced-price lunch who are enrolled in College in the High School courses. The maximum annual number of subsidized credits per participating student must be specified in the omnibus appropriations act, and may not exceed five credits. Districts wishing to participate in the subsidy program must annually apply to the office of the superintendent of public instruction and report the preliminary estimate of eligible students to receive the subsidy and the total number of projected credit hours. If more districts apply than funding is available, the office of the superintendent of public instruction must prioritize the district applications, and the superintendent must develop factors to determine priority including the number of dual credit opportunities available for low-income students in the districts.
|West Virginia||All programs: 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 use a special tuition structure for high school students, which must be set at at least $25.00 per credit hour. 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 use tuition/fee waivers or third party sponsors to support the student's cost of the course.
|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.|