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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  1. What is Dual Enrollment?
    Dual Enrollment offers students the opportunity to take challenging college courses not offered at their high school, while earning college credit!
     
  2. How much does Dual Enrollment cost?
    Tuition and registration fees are fully covered. Special course fees (e.g. art course materials fee) are covered by the student. Textbook support varies annually by Dual Enrollment program.
     
  3. What are the advantages of Dual Enrollment?
    Dual Enrollment offers students the opportunity to maintain their high school status while enrolling part-time at participating local universities. Additional benefits may include:
  • Helps students build confidence in completing college-level coursework
  • Enables student to start college with a well-established GPA
  • Enhances high level thinking skills, which help students throughout college
  • Lowers the overall costs of college
  1. Who can participate in Dual Enrollment?
    There are Dual Enrollment options available to DCPS high school students in grades 10-12. Below, please find each Dual Enrollment program’s eligibility requirements:
  • DCPS Dual Enrollment-Private Universities
    • Accepting applications from DCPS students in grades 11 & 12 with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • OSSE Consortium DC Dual Enrollment Program
    • Accepting applications from DCPS students in grades 10-12 with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • UDC-CARE (UDC Community College) Dual Enrollment Program
    • Accepting applications from DCPS students in grades 10-12
  1. How do I apply for Dual Enrollment?
    See your high school counselor to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and have room in your schedule to participate in Dual Enrollment. After meeting with your counselor, you can access application instructions by clicking on the program you are interested in on the DCPS Dual Enrollment Home Page.
     
  2. What is the difference between Dual Enrollment and Early College?
    Students attending any DCPS high school are eligible to participate in Dual Enrollment. Dual Enrollment offers students the opportunity to take challenging college courses not offered at their high school, while earning college credit. Most Dual Enrollment programs permit students to take one dual enrollment course per semester, with some programs allowing two. View the DCPS Dual Enrollment programs.

Early College is an innovative, national, high school model that allows high school students to earn up to 60 transferrable college credits towards an Associate Degree while earning their high school diploma. View the 3 DCPS Early College application high school programs.

  1. If my child has an IEP, will they receive the same accommodations and supports as they receive in high school?
    The DCPS Dual Enrollment Coordinator will assist students who self-identify with a disability and are receiving services through either an IEP or 504 plan, with connection to Academic Support Service offices at each participating university. If you would like additional information on DCPS supports for students with disabilities, please reach out to [email protected].
     
  2. Who selects Dual Enrollment participants?
    Each university sets their own requirements for admissions and makes all admissions decisions independent of DCPS. DCPS acts as the intermediary and helps to facilitate the application process.
     
  3. Do I get high school credit for Dual Enrollment classes?
    Select courses at George Washington University, Howard University, UDC-CC, Trinity Washington University, and Marymount University have been pre-approved for dual credit. Students must receive approval from their parent/guardian, school, and Central Office, prior to the start of the semester they plan to enroll. When taking a college course for dual credit, students and families understand that grades earned will be reported on the official DCPS high school transcript, and credit will only be awarded for approved courses which are completed and passed with a grade of C or better. This grade will be calculated with the weight of an AP course as a part of each student’s GPA. If you are interested in receiving high school credit, please review the dual credit class list and meet with your counselor, prior to the beginning of the semester, to submit the Dual Credit Approval Form[PDF].
     
  4. Will Dual Enrollment classes transfer to other colleges and universities?
    Each college/university sets policies on credit transferability. While we encourage Dual Enrollment partner institutions to enroll students in highly transferrable courses, we cannot ensure credit transferability. We advise that you consult the school(s) you are planning to attend after high school graduation to be sure.
     
  5. When do Dual Enrollment classes take place?
    Most Dual Enrollment classes are offered after 3:00pm during the fall and spring semesters. Some universities offer classes during the school day, on Saturdays, and during the summer.
     
  6. What courses can Dual Enrollment students take?
    Students work with the Dual Enrollment coordinator at their university to find an available class that best meets their schedule and interests. Dual Enrollment students are generally limited to available entry level courses.
     
  7. How many courses can Dual Enrollment students take?
    The numbers of courses a Dual Enrollment student can take per semester varies on the Dual Enrollment program and university they are attending.
  • OSSE Consortium Dual Enrollment permits students to take one 3-credit course per semester.
  • UDC-CARE Dual Enrollment permits students to take one course per semester.
  • The number of courses a student can take per semester in the DCPS Private Universities Dual Enrollment program varies by university. Please view the table below to view university specific credit allowances:

DCPS Private Universities Dual Enrollment

# of courses/credits allowed in Fall semester

# of courses/credits allowed in Spring semester

American University

1 course; 3 credits

1 course; 3 credits

Catholic University

1 course; 3 credits

1 course; 3 credits

Georgetown University

1 course; 3 credits

2 courses; 6 credits

George Washington University

1 course; 3 credits

1 course; 3 credits

Howard University

1 course; 3 credits

2 courses; 6 credits

 

  1. What is the IRS Form 1098-T?
    The Form 1098-T is a statement that colleges and universities are required to issue to certain students. It provides the total dollar amount billed to your student account for what is referred to as qualified tuition and related expenses (or “QTRE”) in a single tax year. Box: 1 shows what you paid, which should say $0 and Box: 2 shows what the University billed.

 

Please contact Emily Huey (DCPS College Prep Programs, Coordinator) at [email protected] for additional information or questions regarding Dual Enrollment Program offerings.