Dual Enrollment FAQ

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Question 1:  What is dual enrollment?

Dual enrollment is an acceleration program that allows eligible 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. If approved by the College, students in grades 6 – 9 who have provided documentation to the College verifying readiness for college-level work may also participate. Dual Enrollment students are exempt from the payment of application fees, tuition, and lab fees.

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. Students can apply to start Dual Enrollment during those same terms, so even a mid-year start is possible. 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, 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 one course in the summer term. 

Question 7:  Are dual enrollment students required to pay for textbooks?

Required instructional materials are supplied free of charge.

Question 8:  What are the eligibility criteria for Dual Enrollment?

  • Grade-Level or Equivalent Requirement
    • Public and private school participants must be first-time 10th, 11th or 12th grade students
    • Home school participants must be in the equivalent of the 10th, 11th or 12th grade for the first time
    • Students in grades 6 - 9 must provide documentation showing that the student has the academic foundation and maturity to be successful in college coursework.
    • For questions, contact Lynn Demetriades at demetriadesl@easternflorida.edu  or Donna C. Binninger at binningerd@easternflorida.edu
  • Cumulative unweighted high school GPA requirement

    • A.A. Degree (university parallel)  

    • A.S. Degree (career education)

    • C.C.C. (College Credit Certificate)

    • CTC (Career & Technical)



    • College Placement Test Score Requirements 
      • College-ready reading and writing scores on the ACT, PERT, ACCUPLACER, or SAT are required for Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and College Credit Certificate programs
      • 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, or participate in Early Admission.

Question 9:  What are the minimum placement score requirements to achieve college-ready status in Reading, Writing and Math?

Visit the College Credit Placement Scores web page for current requirements.

Students also 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.

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. The PERT and ACCUPLACER are both Common Placement Tests. Whether the first test was the PERT or ACCUPLACER, a retest using either test cannot take place until at least 30 days after the first test session. While there is no charge for the initial placement test, there is a $10 retest fee for each subtest taken for the second or third time within this twelve month period. Placement testing and retesting are offered both remotely and with limited face-to-face testing on campus. Visit the Placement Testing page for more information about scheduling a common placement test or retest appointment.

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 enrollment process?

Question 13:  Can Career and Technical Certificate (CTC) programs be taken through dual enrollment?

Yes, if the program is approved for dual enrollment by Eastern Florida and Brevard Public Schools. Technical courses provide valuable workforce skill sets and can apply toward college credit certificates, A.S. degrees or A.A. elective credit. 

Students enrolled in high school CTE courses may be eligible to receive college credit through advance standing credit. For more information, visit the High School Articulated Credit page.

Question 14:  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, and subsequently qualifies for an Associate Degree program, the student may add general education courses to his/her selected courses.

Question 15:  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 16:  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 at the Florida Dept. of Education website. 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 17:  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 full-time 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 in early February. They are also available at the Welcome Desk in each campus registration area. Students may request the packet by emailing Donna Binninger at binningerd@easternflorida.edu

Visit the EFSC Early Admission page for the latest information on the annual spring deadline and details on submitting the application packet. Students are encouraged to submit their application prior to the deadline to receive early notification. The College will notify applicants of their acceptance status at their Titan student email address. 

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 complete the online Dual Enrollment Orientation.

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 18:  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 in reading, writing, and math on the ACT, PERT, ACCUPLACER, or SAT
  • Brevard Public School Applicants: Completion of all subject area graduation requirements by the end of 11th grade except one credit each in math, science, social studies and English.

Question 19:  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 2.0 in dual enrollment coursework taken during a term.

A student whose college GPA falls below a 2.0 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 college cumulative and term GPA of 2.0 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 20:  Is the college allowed to administratively withdraw a student from an EFSC class?

Students  are expected to follow EFSC rules and policies. The College may withdraw a student for inappropriate and disruptive behavior and/or failure to attend class and the student may lose dual enrollment eligibility for one or more terms. Academic dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarism, may also result in a grade of "F" in the course.

Question 21:  Is Dual Enrollment a good option for every qualified student?

Dual enrollment provides high school students with the opportunity 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 required.

Question 22:  Are special accommodations available for students who have a disability?

As soon as students are registered with EFSC, they can apply for accommodations through SAIL (Student Access for Improved Learning).  The SAIL office does not automatically or directly receive any accommodation plans from a student’s high school, so students with a documented disability, 504 Plan, or IEP must contact the SAIL office directly to apply for accommodations and discuss their specific academic needs.

  • Accommodations in college differ significantly from those in K-12 environments. SAIL’s Access Specialists can walk students through the transition to post-secondary accessibility services.
  • Students are encouraged to be proactive in their accommodation requests and to self-advocate for their educational needs.