Dual Enrollment: How State Funds Participating Postsecondary Institutions

Dual Enrollment: How State Funds Participating Postsecondary Institutions

This database indicates the level of funding states provide postsecondary institutions for students participating in dual enrollment programs: funding equal to that provided for traditional postsecondary students, equal funding provided certain qualifications are met, or reduced funding compared to that provided for traditional postsecondary students.

Why does it matter?
  • How funding flows can either incentivize institutions to participate or refuse participation.
  • Postsecondary institutions that can be reassured that they will not lose significant funding for serving students in dual enrollment programs might be more open to participating.
  • For any dual enrollment program to be effective, it needs to have a steady and predictable source of funding.

  • Thirty-eight states provide postsecondary institutions with the same level of funding for dual enrollment students and traditional postsecondary students.
  • Two states provide equal funding for dual enrollment and traditional postsecondary students, but with qualifications.
  • One state funds dual enrollment students at a higher level than traditional postsecondary students.
  • No state provides reduced funding for dual enrollment students as compared to traditional postsecondary students.
  • One state provides different levels of funding, depending on which program a student is participating in.
  • Eight states do not specify the postsecondary funding levels for dual enrollment students in statute or regulations.

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.

Sources for all data points are available through this link.

Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

Last updated: December 4, 2008

This database was compiled by Michael Griffith, senior school finance analyst. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3619 or mgriffith@ecs.org.

How state funds participating postsecondary institutions
Alabama Not defined
Alaska Equal
Arizona Equal
Arkansas Concurrent enrollment: Equal

Dual enrollment: Not defined
California Equal
Colorado Equal
Connecticut Equal
Delaware Equal
District of Columbia
Florida Equal, with qualifications. The high school or higher education institution that educates the student is allowed to claim 1/12 of FTE of state funding for each course that a student is enrolled in.
Georgia Equal
Hawaii Equal
Idaho Equal
Illinois Equal
Indiana Equal
Iowa Equal
Kansas Equal
Kentucky Equal
Louisiana Equal
Maine Equal
Maryland Equal, with qualifications. Students who are enrolled in high school at least half-time and are enrolled in an approved dual credit program are counted as a full-time student for funding purposes. A college may not receive state funding for students younger than 16 years old enrolled in continuing education courses, unless otherwise permitted by state law.
Massachusetts Equal
Michigan Equal
Minnesota Dual enrollment students are funded at a higher level
Mississippi Equal
Missouri Equal
Montana Equal
Nebraska Equal
Nevada Not defined
New Hampshire Dual enrollment students are funded at a higher level
New Jersey Equal
New Mexico Equal
New York Equal
North Carolina Equal
North Dakota Equal
Ohio Equal
Oklahoma Equal
Oregon Equal
Pennsylvania Equal
Rhode Island Not defined
South Carolina Not defined
South Dakota Equal
Tennessee Not defined
Texas Equal
Utah Equal
Vermont Not defined
Virginia Equal
Washington Not defined
West Virginia Equal
Wisconsin Equal
Wyoming Not defined
Puerto Rico

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