Q What is dual enrollment?
Dual enrollment is an opportunity for eligible high school students to earn lower-division college credit during their regular high school classes. The credits students earn through dual enrollment are treated the same as regular college credit, i.e. they can be transferred to other Maricopa Community Colleges, Arizona’s state universities, and even some out-of-state colleges.
Q What’s the difference between AP classes and dual enrollment?
Dual enrollment isn’t the same as AP credit. A student can spend the whole year in an AP class, but receiving college credit is dependent upon earning an adequate score on the AP test at the end of the year, and the requirements to get college credit on these tests are sometimes higher than what the student may expect. Dual enrollment classes are based on the grade the student receives in the class; if they pass (usually with a grade of C or better), they get credit.
Q How does dual enrollment differ from concurrent enrollment?
Dual enrollment classes meet at the high school during the regular high school day and are taught by college certified high school instructors using a college curriculum and textbook. The high school agrees to accept these courses toward a student’s high school completion, if needed. Concurrent enrollment classes meet at the college or online and are not affiliated with the high schools. Students need prior approval from their high school counselor if they want these college courses to help satisfy high school requirements.
Q What are the benefits of dual enrollment?
- Credit is based on the grade received in the class, not on one test taken at the end of the year.
- Books are provided by the high school, so dual enrollment students have the benefit of not having to spend hundreds of dollars on textbooks each semester.
- Community college tuition rates are much lower than state universities’. Dual enrollment students pay roughly 1/3 the tuition they would pay at a state university. For parents planning on paying for their child’s college tuition, this can be a huge help.
- Students can start college with several credits already completed, with a semester or even a whole year of credits completed before even starting their freshman year. This allows the student to focus more on their college major, explore other interesting disciplines, or even graduate early.
- Since the college credit from dual enrollment comes with a grade, students can start college with an already well-established GPA.
- These challenging courses enhance high level thinking skills, which prepare students for college/university classes
Q Who is eligible to enroll?
Dual enrollment students must be attending one of the participating high schools
, and meet the prerequisite criteria for the course or have a qualifying placement score by taking an appropriate assessment test. Classes with no prerequisites require students to qualify for college admissions.
Q How much does dual enrollment cost?
For the 2014-2015 year, the in-state in-county tuition rate is $84 per credit hour. There are additional charges for students classified as out-of-state. There is a $15 registration fee once per semester for each community college the student does dual enrollment through. (Tuition is subject to change)
Q How do I enroll?
Chandler-Gilbert will drop off registration packets at participating high schools at the beginning of the semester, then the teachers will distribute the packets during the first week of classes. Students will turn in their completed packets 1-2 weeks after school starts, after which CGCC staff will come to the school to conduct on-site registration. If a student's packet is not submitted in that time, it is up to them to drop it off at our Admissions and Records
office. Some classes require placement testing, which is administered on-site at the high school or at the CGCC Testing Center
Q What if I don’t pass the placement test?
Students are allowed to take the placement test again 24 hours after the original test. A third test is allowed no sooner than three months from the oldest test date. A fourth test will only be allowed two years after the oldest test date.
Q Is tuition assistance available?
Yes, tuition assistance is available to students who can demonstrate financial need. Click here
for more information.
Q How do I pay tuition?
Tuition can be paid in these ways:
- Pay with cash, check, money order, or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover) in person at CGCC's Pecos campus or Williams Field campus cashier's office.
- Call the CGCC fiscal office at 480-732-7312 with your student number ready and provide a credit/debit card number to charge.
- Pay online at my.maricopa.edu by logging in with your MEID and password, then clicking the “Payment Options” button under the Finances section. This option allows you to pay all at once or sign up for a monthly payment plan (currently, separate payment plans must be set up for each semester of dual enrollment classes). Online payment may not be available when accessed through a phone or tablet.
Q What if I don’t want to do dual enrollment after signing up?
It is the student’s responsibility to drop the class through one of the following methods:
- Email the Dual Enrollment office at firstname.lastname@example.org with the student's name, college ID number, the high school the student attends, and the class the student wishes to drop; OR
- The student can come to the Coyote Center at our Pecos campus and fill out a drop/add form.
Please note that dropping a class after the payment deadline will result in a grade of W on your transcript. The W grade will not directly affect your GPA, but it may affect your future eligibility for federal financial aid (view CGCC policy here
). You will also still be responsible for paying any remaining tuition for the class, or be ineligible for a refund if you've already paid for the class.
Q What happens if I don't pay tuition?
If you don't take care of your tuition by the payment deadline, a hold will be placed on your account which will prevent any further enrollment and prevent you from ordering official transcripts. The only way to remove this hold is to pay your tuition in full or sign up for a monthly payment plan if it's still available. Dual enrollment students will not be automatically dropped for nonpayment after the payment deadline.