|Cap on number of credits students may earn|
|Alabama||Not set in state policy|
|Alaska||Not set in state policy|
|Arizona||Not set in state policy. However, institutions may choose to limit the number of semester hours in which a student may enroll to not more than six credit hours.|
|Arkansas||Not set in state policy. Students may participate only in English, math, science and social studies courses.|
|California||Yes, community college no more than 11 units per semester. Cap on credit hours at California State University or University of California courses not set in state policy.|
|Colorado||Not set in state policy for Postsecondary Enrollment Options or Fast Track. However, the individual institution may limit the number of Postsecondary Enrollment Options students it allows to enroll. In addition, Postsecondary Enrollment Options students are reimbursed for up to two courses per semester, although districts may agree to pay for additional courses.|
|Connecticut||Yes — 2 courses a semester, though seniors in their final semester may take more based on their principal's recommendation.|
|Delaware||Not set in state policy|
|District of Columbia||Not set in district policy|
|Florida||No — student may enroll as part- or full-time student. Two- and four-year institutions must allow students to complete at least 25% of program requirements, exclusive of transfer credit, through dual enrollment or other acceleration options.|
|Georgia||No — student may enroll as part- or full-time student. However, a student first enrolling in grade 11 may not take more than the equivalent of two years' coursework; a student first enrolling in grade 12 may not take more than the equivalent of one year's coursework. Students in the Accel program may participate only in English, math, science, social studies and foreign language courses.|
|Hawaii||Not set in state policy|
|Idaho||No — student may enroll as part- or full-time student. However, a student first enrolling in grade 11 may not take more than the equivalent of two years' coursework; a student first enrolling in grade 12 may not take more than the equivalent of one year's coursework.|
|Illinois||Not set in state policy|
|Indiana||No — student may enroll in Postsecondary Enrollment Program or Double Up as part- or full-time student. However, barring exceptional circumstances, students should not earn more than 15 semester hours of postsecondary credit through courses offered at high schools.|
|Iowa||No for Postsecondary Enrollment Options, yes for Concurrent Enrollment. However, a student enrolled on a full-time basis may not receive payment for all courses in which the student is enrolled.|
|Kansas||Not set in state policy for courses offered through KAN. ADMIN. REGS. 88-26-3, yes for credits earned through concurrent enrollment partnership programs — no more than 24 credits.|
|Kentucky||Not set in state policy|
|Louisiana||For TOPS Tech Early Start: Yes — 2 courses a semester.|
For Early Start: Not set in state policy. However, to continue enrollment, a student must have succesfully completed prior dual credit courses. If a student withdraws from a course, the student must receive permission from both the high school and college to continue enrollment in subsequent courses.
For traditional dual enrollment: Determined by the postsecondary institution.
|Maine||Not set in state policy. However, the department of education pays 50% of the in-state tuition for the first 3 credit hours taken each semester by a student at an eligible institution and up to 6 credit hours per academic year.|
|Maryland||Not set in state policy|
|Massachusetts||No — student may enroll as part- or full-time student.|
|Michigan||Both programs: Not set in state policy. However, students must be enrolled in at least one high school class. Students may enroll only in courses not offered in the student's school district, or that are offered by the district but are not available to the student due to a scheduling conflict.|
|Minnesota||No — students may enroll full-time or part-time at postsecondary institutions. However, students may not enroll for more than two academic years.|
|Mississippi||All programs: No cap to number of postsecondary credits a student may earn, provided student earns a "B" average or higher on the first two dual credit courses.|
|Missouri||Not set in state policy. However, students must be enrolled in at least one course at their high school for the school to be included in attendance for state aid purposes.|
|Montana||Not set in state policy|
|Nebraska||Not set in state policy|
|Nevada||Not set in state policy. Juniors and seniors identified as Vocational Program completers may enroll in more than 6 credits per semester "based on written, articulated occupational program agreements with designated school districts."|
|New Hampshire||Not set in state policy|
|New Jersey||Not set in state policy|
|New Mexico||No. A high school student may enroll in as many colleges courses as he/she wishes during a fall, spring or summer semester, provided the student's schedule is at least half comprised of public education department (PED)-approved high school courses.|
|New York||Not set in state policy|
|North Carolina||Not set in state policy. Concurrent Enrollment: However, a student must be taking at least half of a full-time schedule at his/her high school.|
|North Dakota||Not set in state policy. However, an institution may limit the number of courses a student may complete during any given academic term or time period.|
|Ohio||No — student may enroll as part- or full-time student in Post-Secondary Enrollment Options. However, a student first enrolling in Post-Secondary Enrollment Options in grade 9 may not take more than the equivalent of four years' coursework; a student first enrolling in grade 10 may not take more than the equivalent of three years' coursework; a student first enrolling in grade 11 may not take more than the equivalent of two years' coursework; a student first enrolling in grade 12 may not take more than the equivalent of one year's coursework.|
For Seniors to Sophomores: Student must enroll full-time on a University System of Ohio Campus.
|Oklahoma||No absolute number of postsecondary credits — either per semester or during a student's high school career — but the total number of high school and college courses a student is taking in a given semester may not equal more than 19 semester credit hours. For purposes of this calculation, one semester high school course is equivalent to three postsecondary credit hours. However, students wishing to go beyond this limit may petition the institution.|
|Oregon||No — student may enroll as part- or full-time student. However, a student first enrolling in grade 11 may not take more than the equivalent of two years' coursework; a student first enrolling in grade 12 may not take more than the equivalent of one year's coursework.|
In addition, the number of quarter credit hours that may be awarded by a high school under the Expanded Options Program is limited 330 hours for high schools serving 1,000 students, or to an amount equal to the number of students in grades 9 through 12 enrolled in the high school multiplied by a factor of 0.33. For example, the cap for a high school with 450 students in grades 9 through 12 would be 148.5 (450 X 0.33 = 148.5). A district may choose to exceed these caps. If a district decides not to exceed the credit hour caps and has more students wishing to participate than are allowed under the credit hour cap, the district board must establish a process for selecting eligible students to participate in the program. A district must give priority for program participation to at-risk students.
|Pennsylvania||Yes — no more than 24 postsecondary credits in any school year.|
|Puerto Rico||No information located|
|Rhode Island||Not set in state policy|
|South Carolina||Not set in state policy. "The number of college-level courses completed in these dual enrollment offerings will vary according to the student's ability and work ethic."|
|South Dakota||No, although policies do establish limits to the number of hours that will apply toward a specific degree program. In addition, if a student fails a postsecondary course, the student is not eligible to enroll in additional courses through the dual enrollment program.|
|Tennessee||Not set in state policy|
|Texas||Yes — 2 courses a semester. Exceptions may be made by the principal and postsecondary partner's chief academic officer for students with outstanding academic performance and capability, as demonstrated by grade point average, SAT or ACT scores, or other criteria.|
|Utah||Yes. State reimbursement to districts may not exceed 30 semester hours per student per year.|
Funding is provided only for participation in 1000- and 2000-level courses, unless an exception is approved by the student's counselor and district concurrent enrollment administrator. Concurrent enrollment courses are limited to English, math, science, social science, humanities, fine arts, world languages and career/technical programs.
|Vermont||Not set in state policy. However, the VSC Dual Enrollment Program voucher covers tuition costs for no more than two college courses.|
|Virginia||Not set in state policy|
|Washington||No — student may enroll as part- or full-time student. However, a student first enrolling in grade 11 may not take more than the equivalent of two years' coursework; a student first enrolling in grade 12 may not take more than the equivalent of one year's coursework. |
A district and postsecondary representative may jointly limit a student's concurrent high school and postsecondary enrollment to not less than the equivalent of full-time enrollment for academic reasons. The "equivalent of full-time enrollment" might mean for example, one-third FTE enrollment in regular high school courses and two-thirds FTE enrollment in college courses.
|West Virginia||Not set in state policy. Students may participate only in lower-division courses.|
|Wisconsin||Not set in state policy. However, a local board may limit the number of credits for which it will pay to 18 college credit hours per student.|
Notes/Citation: One college credit is equal to .25 high school credits; so a 3 credit college course is equal to .75 high school credits.
|Wyoming||Not set in state policy|
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