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Question 1: What is dual enrollment?
Dual enrollment is an acceleration program that allows students in grades 10 through 12 to take college courses and simultaneously earn credit toward high school completion and an industry certification, or an associate or baccalaureate degree at a Florida public or eligible private institution.
Question 2: How will EFSC’s Dual Enrollment Program benefit you?
- Gives you a head-start on your college education – NO tuition and laboratory fees!
- Permits you to earn high school and college credit at the same time!
- Enables you to finish your college degree sooner!
- Saves you and your family hundreds of dollars in future college costs!
- Allows you to take challenging courses in the college environment!
Question 3: When and where may EFSC courses be taken?
Eligible students may dual enroll in EFSC courses conducted during and after school hours and during fall, spring and summer terms. Courses may be offered at an EFSC campus, online or at the high school.
Question 4: Are there college courses/programs that may not be taken through dual enrollment?
Florida Statute 1007.271 prohibits dual enrollment in the following types of courses.
(a)Vocational preparatory & college developmental education
(b) Physical education courses that focus on a specific skill (such as golf or tennis)
(c) Recreational and leisure courses that focus on the physical execution of a skill rather than the intellectual attributes of the activity & isolated vocational courses
In addition there are other courses and programs that have eligibility criteria including, but not limited to, age and prerequisite requirements, that preclude participation by high school students. Students should speak with a high school counselor or EFSC advisor for more information.
Question 5: Do students pay tuition for courses taken through dual enrollment?
No, Students who are enrolled in a dual enrollment or early admission program through a Florida College System institution or state university are exempt from the payment of tuition and fees, pursuant to s. 1009.25, F.S. The fee exemption includes application, registration, tuition and laboratory fees for courses taken through dual enrollment.
Question 6: How many postsecondary courses may students take each term through dual enrollment?
Students may dual enroll in up to three postsecondary courses or 11 postsecondary credits per semester. Students are limited to two courses per summer term.
Question 7: Who pays for dual enrollment textbooks?
Public school students receive college-required electronic access codes and textbooks on loan from their high school, but are responsible for purchasing one-time use items, such as workbooks and lab manuals. Private school and home school students must purchase their required textbooks and other instructional materials.
Question 8: What are the eligibility criteria for Dual Enrollment?
- Grade-Level or Equivalent Requirement
- Public and private school students must be in 10th, 11th or 12th grade
- Home school student must be in the equivalent of the 10th, 11th or 12th grade.
Cumulative unweighted high school GPA requirement
- College Placement Test Score Requirements for A.A. degree & A.S. degree programs
- College-ready Reading and Writing scores on the ACT, PERT or SAT are required
- A college-ready Mathematics score is NOT required
- College-ready Mathematics score is required IF the student wants to dual enroll in a college math course, such as MAT 1033, MAC 1105 or MGF 1106
- College Placement Test Score Requirements for a C.C.C. program
- College placement test scores must be recorded in the student’s record
- College placement test scores must be recorded in the student’s record
- Minimum college-ready placement scores are NOT required unless it is a course prerequisite
Question 9: What are the minimum placement score requirements to achieve college-ready status in Reading, Writing and Math?
Students may check to see if a specific EFSC course has a test score or other prerequisite by going to the course description in the EFSC Catalog available on the EFSC website. General test standards are below.
|Test Used for Placement||PERT||CPT or FELPT||SAT||ACT|
(and other Gordon
Question 10: Can students who don’t meet the Reading and/or Writing score required for Dual Enrollment take the test again?
Yes. Students may retest two more times within twelve months of their initial testing session so long as there is 30 days between each testing appointment. Call 321-632-1111 to schedule the retest. While there is no charge for the initial placement test, there is a $10 retest fee for each subtest taken for a second or third time within this twelve month period. Once the twelve month period is completed, the testing cycle will begin again with the college administering the PERT once at no cost to the student and two more times with a retest charge of $10 per subtest.
Question 11: What is full-time dual enrollment?
Full-time dual enrollment is an option available to spring semester high school seniors who meet eligibility criteria. Check with your high school counselor. While in full-time dual enrollment students take all of their courses at the college and must register for a minimum of four courses that total at least 12 postsecondary credits. Students may not count a course co-requisite, such as CHML 1025, as one of the four courses.
Question 12: What are the steps a first-time dual enrollment student must take to complete the admission and registration process?
1. Meet with your counselor to see if you qualify for dual enrollment.
2. Attend a dual enrollment orientation session and submit your EFSC Application for Admission and official high school transcript.
3. Schedule a testing appointment to take the EFSC administered PERT if you do not have ACT or SAT test score and plan to take college credit classes.
4. Give your scores to your high school counselor.
5. Complete the EFSC Dual Enrollment Registration Form with your counselor and parent.
6. Bring your form with you to EFSC to register in person when the registration window opens.
Question 13: How do you select your courses?
Associate (A.A & A.S) Degree Programs: Think about your college and career goals. Select courses that meet both high school graduation requirements and fulfill college general education and/or prerequisites for your Major. Your high school counselor and EFSC advisor can assist you.
College Credit Certificate (C.C.C.) Programs: Select a C.C.C. program that interests you and can be completed in a realistic time period. Talk with the EFSC advisor about course availability and scheduling.Public School Students: If you are a public school student, please note the following school district stipulations:
1. Public school students who enter a College Credit Certificate program may not change
to another C.C.C. program until the initial program has been completed.
2. If a public school student begins a College Credit Certificate program, the student must first complete the C.C.C. before progressing to a degree program.
Question 14: Will dual enrollment courses transfer to other colleges and universities?
Dual enrollment college credit will transfer to any public college or university offering that course with the same prefix and number and must be treated as though taken at the receiving institution.
However, upon high school graduation if students do not attend the same college or university where they earned the dual enrollment credit, how transfer credits are applied to general education, prerequisite and degree programs may vary at the receiving institution.
Question 15: How many high school credits are awarded for each dual enrollment course?
Please talk with your high school guidance counselor and view the Dual Enrollment Course Equivalency List online. This list specifies the postsecondary courses that you may use to meet subject area high school graduation requirements and the high school credit that will be awarded by your school. Some academic courses count for one full high school credit while other courses will count for a .5 high school credit. Typically six postsecondary credit hours equal one high school credit, but, as noted above, this will vary according to the course.
Question 16: What is Early Admission?
Early Admission is a form of dual enrollment that enables eligible high school students to complete one year of college by enrolling as a full-time student at EFSC beginning in the fall term of 12th grade. EFSC does not charge students tuition and laboratory fees. Students take all their courses at the college, but remain eligible to participate in clubs, athletics and graduation activities at their high school.
Early Admission Application Packets are delivered to public high schools the first week in March; private school and home school students may request the packet by emailing email@example.com.
Students must submit the EFSC Early Admission Application by the end of the business day on the first Tuesday in May. The College will notify applicants of their acceptance status within two weeks of receiving the completed application.
Note: If the early admission applicant has not dual enrolled in EFSC courses previously, the student must first complete the EFSC general admissions process before submitting the Early Admission application. The college requires all first-time dual enrollment students to attend a Dual Enrollment Orientation and at that time submit their completed EFSC Application for Admission and official high school transcript.
Students accepted into the Early Admission program must register for at least four courses that total 12 postsecondary credits in both the fall and spring terms of their senior year. Students may not count a course co-requisite, such as CHML 1025, as one of the four courses. Students earn both high school and postsecondary credit at the same time.
Question 17: What are the eligibility criteria for Early Admission?
- Fall semester, 12th grade status
- Final year of the student’s high school program
- Unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Passing placement scores on the ACT, CPT, PERT or SAT
- Completion of all subject area graduation requirements by the end of 11th grade except one credit each in math, science, social studies and English and a .5 credit in performing arts.
Question 18: Are high school students expected to meet certain academic standards in their college courses?
Students must continuously meet all dual enrollment admission standards for their selected degree or certificate program to maintain eligibility. In addition, students are expected to complete and achieve an overall GPA of 2.00 in dual enrollment coursework taken during a term.
A student whose college GPA falls below a 2.00 and/or withdraws from a course after the college-designated add/drop date may remain eligible for dual enrollment for one more term so long as his/her overall high school GPA, including the dual enrollment grades, meets the admission criteria for the student’s selected program. The student's dual enrollment status, however, will be considered “provisional” and the student must achieve both a cumulative college GPA of 2.00 and a term GPA of 2.00 and complete all coursework to maintain eligibility.
A student who fails to meet the above requirements will be ineligible for dual enrollment for a period of one term.
Question 19: Is the college allowed to administratively withdraw a student from an EFSC class?
Dual enrollment and early admission and credit in escrow students are expected to follow EFSC rules and policies. Inappropriate and disruptive behavior while on campus or in the classroom may result in withdrawal from a class and loss of dual enrollment eligibility. Academic dishonesty including cheating and plagiarism may also result in a grade of "F" in the course where the offense took place.
Question 20: Is Dual Enrollment a good option for every qualified student?
Dual enrollment is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to get a head-start on college, to expand the curricular options available to them and save money on future education costs. Participants, however, must be motivated and able to work independently. While college classes may meet only once or twice a week, instructors assign extensive work that must be completed between class meetings. Regular attendance is also required.
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