Steps to Apply - Private School

Private school students who wish to apply to the Dual Enrollment Program must be enrolled in a private school that is in compliance with FS 1002.42 and has an articulation agreement on file with Hillsborough Community College. While tuition, matriculation fees, and lab fees are waived, the student is responsible for purchase of their textbooks.

1. Confirm your eligibility:

  • Be a high school student with a 3.0 cumulative unweighted GPA 
  •  Achieve and provide official college placement scores not more than two years old

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2.  See your counselor and obtain a signed document permitting you to take dual enrollment courses on an HCC campus.  The document must indicate which courses you are approved to take (if you are approved to take any course in the dual enrollment curriculum, your letter should specify that approval).  The document must also include your current e-mail address.

Ensuring that graduation requirements are met is the responsibility of the student and high school.

3.  Obtain a copy of your high school transcript. 

4.  Complete the Online Application for Admissions and upload your high school transcript and an official copy of your placement test scores.  If you are unable to upload the high school transcript and the official copy of your placement test scores, please e-mail scanned copies to or fax copies to (813) 253-7061.

The application and all required documentation must be on file for the application to be considered.

Please note:

  • Students are responsible for purchasing textbooks and textbook affiliated costs for licensing fees or electronic media access.
  • Course selection for enrollment will be authorized each term by the high school counselor or home educator for courses creditable toward the high school diploma.
  • Any courses registered for, or grades received, become a permanent part of the student’s record.
  • Students are expected to be aware of the drop/add/withdrawal deadlines for each of their courses. This information can be located on the student’s schedule in WebAdvisor.
  • If a student of any age enrolls in a postsecondary institution, the rights under FERPA transfer to them. Students who wish to give permission to their parents to access their academic, financial, and/or registration records will be required to submit a FERPA release form to the admission department. HCC will not provide information to a parent or allow them to register a student for classes in absence of the student unless the student has already submitted a release form. 
  • The student must maintain a high school GPA of 3.0 and an HCC GPA of 2.0 or above to remain eligible.
  • Students will be attending classes with non-high school aged students and may encounter students of various ages and backgrounds while on an HCC campus, including students who may hold criminal records.
  • Students will be in a learning environment that explores a diverse and open range of ideas that requires a mature understanding of multiple perspectives. Students must be able to engage in discussion in a mature and responsible manner.