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Introduction and Overview

MCPS and MC have partnered to provide Dual Enrollment opportunities to college ready students at all high schools as well as Middle and Early College options.

Dual Enrollment opportunities allow MCPS college ready high school students to take college courses during the academic school year.  High school students who enroll and take a college course at any Maryland public college or university are able to do so at a reduced cost.

If students select to take courses at MC, and meet qualifications for and separately apply for the MC High School Grant, they may be able to take college courses at no tuition cost.  Students are able to take college courses offered on the high school campus (at select high schools), on a college campus, or online during the fall, winter and spring college terms of their junior and/or senior year.  All college courses taken and successfully completed will receive dual credit by counting toward college and high school credit.  The courses will appear on the high school transcript unless requested that it not during the enrollment process.

MC hosted several Dual Enrollment information sessions in the spring of 2019. These information sessions provided details and instructions for participation in all Dual Enrollment opportunities in our partnership with MC.

For additional information on Dual Enrollment opportunities and programs, contact the Career Postsecondary Office at 240-740-4044.

Dual Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions


Dual Enrollment Opportunities and Programs

Assessment Information

Assessment Information

Students who wish to take a college course should meet the minimum scores noted below on the SAT, ACT, and ACCUPLACER respectively, in addition to having an unweighted grade point average of 2.5 for seniors or 2.75 for juniors.  If students do not meet the test requirements they may be eligible to take a college course if they have a B or higher in the final semester of the following approved courses to determine college readiness in English and mathematics:

English:  AP Language and Composition; Honors English 12; Modern World History; Honors Modern World History; AP World History 

Mathematics:  All levels of Algebra 2

        Critical Reading/English/Language Arts                                 Mathematics   

SAT :  Reading subtest 26 or higher or Evidence-based Reading/Writing 480 or higher


ACT :  21 or higher


*Classic ACCUPLACER :  Reading 79 or above AND Sentence Skills 90 or above


Next Generation ACCUPLACER :  Reading 263 or above AND Writing 263 or above


SAT :  530 or higher


ACT :  21 or higher


*Classic ACCUPLACER :  Elementary Algebra 62 or above AND College Level Mathematics 45 or above


Next Generation ACCUPLACER : Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics 263 or above

* If taken before July 1, 2019.


Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Dually enrolled students must follow the student academic and behavior policies of both MCPS and MC:

College Transcript Request

College Transcript Request

When applying to colleges and universities, dually enrolled students should submit the college transcript with all other required documents.

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Financial Assistance through MC Dual Enrollment

Financial Assistance through MC Dual Enrollment

Tuition and fees vary, depending on the number of credit hours you take. Students attending MCPS are eligible for a reduced rate during the fall, winter and spring terms. MC Financial Assistance (in the form of a High School Grant) is also available for all Maryland residents with demonstrated need. This assistance may cover the cost of tuition, fees and required textbooks depending on financial status, secondary school status and availability of funds. Students MUST apply through MC in order to obtain the High School Grant.

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Dual Enrollment Procedures

Montgomery College enrollment and registration procedures are followed by all school DEPAs.  Click here for a list of DEPAs and school deadlines. To initiate the process, students applying for this opportunity at MC should begin by visiting the Montgomery College Office of Academic Initiatives’ DE webpage for more specific information, procedures, and forms to begin the process prior to seeing their DEPA. The timeline is noted here.


What courses are offered through the Dual Enrollment Program?

Students in the DE Program can enroll in any approved college-level course for which they meet the requirements.

The courses offered through the DE program are typical courses of first year college students. They include courses which are first in a professional series, general education courses, and foundation courses.

To review the transferability of college courses between Maryland colleges and universities, visit the Articulation System for Maryland Colleges and Universities website.

For specific information related to college course options at your local high school, contact the high school counselor or click here for a list of DEPAs and school deadlines.

Montgomery College Courses approved for MCPS students

Refusal of High School Credit

College Courses and High School Credit

As of the fall of 2013, all college courses taken by Montgomery County Public Schools students will count toward graduation credit and appear on the high school transcript unless requested at the time of enrollment in the college course that it does not by completing the Dual Credit Refusal Form (MCPS Form 280-93) and returning it the school counselor.

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