Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - Maryland

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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

Data compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.

Program Basics
Statewide policy in place Yes
Definition or title of program Dual Enrollment
Where courses provided Not specified
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Both
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program No
CTE component Not set in state policy
Unique characteristics None identified
Offering mandatory or voluntary Voluntary
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Both
Student eligibility requirements
  • Other. Students must be enrolled in a public high school.
Cap on number of credits students may earn Not set in state policy
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities No. No reference is made to parents. However, all students who meet enrollment requirements must be made aware of the opportunity to dually enroll.
Counseling/advising is made available to students Not set in state policy
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition 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:
  • Category 1:  First 4 courses – Public Senior Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) charge 75% of tuition. Community colleges charge 75% of tuition or 5% of per pupil foundation amount
  • Category 2:  5 or more courses – Public Senior IHEs charge 90% of tuition, Community colleges charge 90% of tuition or 5% of per pupil foundation amount
  • Category 3:  For Agreements established prior to July 1, 2013: If lesser than categories 1 or 2, the agreement is the basis for tuition. 
Local boards may recoup costs from students as follows:
  • First 4 courses – Boards may charge students a fee not to exceed 90% of  the amount paid for tuition
  • 5 or more courses – Boards may charge students  a fee not to exceed 100% of  the amount paid for tuition
  • Boards must waive tuition fees for students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMS).
Fees: Colleges can charge applicable and reasonable fees for all dually enrolled students, including those who receive Free and Reduced Price Meals. Note:  If an agreement exists between a public school and a public IHE whereby the school agrees to pay for more than 4 courses, the school must pay for the number under the agreement. Students are encouraged to contact the college admissions office or their school counselor to seek further information.

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 cCommission-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  togrants to students who are dually enrolled.
How state funds participating high schools Equal
How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Equal
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Not set in state policy. All dual enrollment courses are in state-approved academic programs in degree-granting institutions.
Program reporting requirement Yes. The Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center must annually report to the governor and general assembly the number of dually enrolled students and the number and course names of courses in which dually enrolled students enroll.

An institution of higher education that receives dual enrollment grant funds (a.k.a. Early College Access Grant funds) must provide the commission of higher education with an annual audit of the use of the funds.
Program evaluation component Yes. The Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland is charged with ensuring college and career readiness and college completion strategies are implemented. The council must report to the governor and general assembly by December 2014, and every two years thereafter, on the progress of implementing specific college and career readiness and college completion strategies, including the Early College Access Grant/dual enrollment efforts.
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits No

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