FAQ's

What are some of the benefits of Dual Enrollment?

Dual Enrollment programs enable students to:

  • Take college courses at a reduced rate from the regular cost of courses after high school graduation;
  • Earn transferable college credits by taking college courses while still in high school;
  • Learn good academic habits and new skills;
  • Improve time management skills;
  • Form accurate perspectives of what skills and education are needed to be successful at the college level, and
  • Complete high school and/or college ahead of their peers.

Who can participate in Dual Enrollment?

There are some specific requirements associated with the Middle and Early College Dual Enrollment Programs; however, for general Dual Enrollment options students may apply for the program if they have:

  • Received parent and principal approval
  • Earned a minimum unweighted grade point average in order to take a college course.
  • Accessed college ready via ACCUPLACER, ACT, SAT, or other approved college readiness measures.
  • Have at least a 2.75 GPA in grade 11 or 2.5 GPS in grade 12

Students should speak to the high school DEPA regarding the GPA details and access options related to select high school courses.


What is the process for taking advantage of a Dual Enrollment option?

Contact the high school DEPA to initiate the process. Click here for a list of DEPAs and school deadlines. Students applying for this opportunity at MC, should begin by accessing the Montgomery College Office of Academic Initiatives’ Dual Enrollment webpage at http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/EP/ for more specific information, procedures, and forms to begin the process. The timeline is noted here.


What courses are offered through the Dual Enrollment Program?

A list of approved Montgomery College courses are found here. To review the transferability of college courses between Maryland colleges and universities, visit the Articulation System for Maryland Colleges and Universities website at http://www.artsys.usmd.edu/. For specific information related to college course options at your local high school, or courses not listed on the approved list above contact the high school counselor or click here for a list of DEPAs and school deadlines.


What high school graduation credit can be earned through the Dual Enrollment Program?

Students may earn high school credit for many courses offered at Montgomery College (MC).  A list of approved MC courses and the corresponding high school credit can be found here.  Students must complete and submit the MCPS Dual Credit Refusal Form at the time of registration in a college class to state whether or not they want the corresponding high school credit. 


What courses are offered at my home high school?

College courses offered on the high school site are approved by the high school principal and determined by student interest and the ability to meet minimum class size requirements. The courses offered may vary by semester per high school. Student must indicate their interest in taking a college courses at least one semester prior to the start of the course. The current semester list of college courses offered at a high school is found here.


What is the difference between an Advanced Placement (AP) course and a college course?

The Maryland State Department of Education identifies College Board AP courses as college-like courses taught by high school teachers. Dual Enrollment courses are college courses taught by college professors. Both college and AP courses offer rigorous options for students.  Students will earn college credit with the successful completion of college course. Students may earn college credit with the completion of the AP course and identified score on the AP exam. It is recommended that students research which colleges/universities accept AP and/or Dual Enrollment course credit.  


 

Do college and universities accept credits earned through dual enrollment?

Credits earned through dual enrollment transfer to universities in the state.  If leaving Maryland, we encourage students to call the university of interest and inquire directly.  Just like AP scores, some universities take them and some don’t.


Is transportation provided for students going to the college campus to take a course?

Students are responsible for providing their own transportation; however, as Montgomery College (MC) students, they may utilize both the RideOn bus service and the MC bus service using their MC college id cards during the semester in which they are enrolled at MC.


Can a parent/guardian monitor their student's progress in the college course?

FERPA (Family Educational Rights Privacy Act) applies to all students enrolled in college courses, despite the age of the student. Therefore, communication is only between the student and the college. Students are responsible for monitoring their educational progress through their MC student account and communication with their professors.


Will parents/guardians be informed of a student's enrollment in a college course?

Per FERPA, all communication from the college will be addressed to the student. It is the responsibility of students to share all information with their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians are encouraged to be actively involved in the application and registration process with their child.


What resources can a student access at the college if they are dually enrolled?

A high school student can access all resources available to a college student (Library, free tutoring at the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, online data bases, on-line Writing Center, etc).


Does MCPS determine or evaluate the college curriculum?

No.  MC is solely responsible for determining the college curriculum and instructional materials. 


Does MCPS supervise, hire, or evaluate the college professors?

No.  MC is responsible for selecting, hiring and paying the college professors.


Who do I contact and/or where do I go for more information about Dual Enrollment?

You may contact your child’s counselor or the high school’s Dual Enrollment Program Assistant (DEPA). Click here for a list of DEPAs.  You also may visit the Montgomery College Dual Enrollment webpage for more details about Dual Enrollment procedures and deadlines.


Can a prepaid college account such as the Maryland college investment plan be used to pay for dual enrollment courses?

Yes, prepaid college funds such as the Maryland college investment plan and others can be used to pay the student’s portion of any tuition and fees associated with dual enrollment.  Verify with the financial institution associated with the account.