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Dual Enrollment
Articulated Acceleration Mechanisms for High School Students

High school students may earn college credits through articulated acceleration mechanisms authorized by F.S. 1007.271. These acceleration options are Dual Enrollment and Early Admissions.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment is an exciting program that allows high school students to earn credit toward a postsecondary diploma, certificate, or degree at a Florida public institution and toward a high school diploma.

The Dual Enrollment Program is an opportunity to take challenging courses and to accelerate educational opportunities. Students who successfully complete dual enrollment courses will save time toward their college degree and save money with free tuition and, if a public school student, free textbooks. Private and homeschooled students are responsible for instructional materials.

Dual Enrollment Eligibility Requirements
Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • be a student in a Florida public or nonpublic secondary school with an articulation agreement on file with HCC, or in a home education program;
  • have a 3.0 unweighted grade point average to enroll in credit courses or a 2.0 unweighted grade point average to enroll in vocational certificate courses;
  • pass the appropriate section of the Postsecondary Educational Readiness Test (PERT) or have the appropriate scores on the SAT or the ACT (not more than two years old).
Early Admissions

Early admissions is a form of dual enrollment. Students are admitted through the early admissions option of dual enrollment when they register at HCC as a full-time student for two consecutive semesters (12 credits each semester) during their senior year of high school.

Credits for the courses completed satisfactorily at HCC will apply toward both the high school diploma and toward an associate or bacculaureate degree. The application fee is waived and tuition is waived for early admissions students for all courses taken through this program while they are still in high school.

To be eligible for consideration for admission through the early admission program a student must:
  • be a high school senior;
  • provided written authorization from the high school principal or designee;
  • provide a completed 11th grade transcript showing an unweighted cumulative grade point average of 3.5;
  • achieve appropriate placement scores on the SAT, the ACT, or the Postsecondary Educational Readiness Test (PERT);
  • submit an HCC application for Admission;
  • submit a Special Category Student Form;
  • submit all required papework to the District Dual Enrollment Office no later than thirty working days prior to the start of the semester of the desired term of enrollment.
If approved for early admission, the student must meet with an HCC counselor to complete the registration process.