Looking to start working on your college degree while still in high school? MCCC is ready to help.
By participating in MCCC’s Dual Enrollment Program, you'll get a feel for how college works and get your feet wet well before you're a college freshmen. You’ll earn college credits and save money at the same time because your high school often pays for your classes – and sometimes even books and fees.
Your high school can provide information on eligibility; what courses to take; how tuition, fees, books and transportation are handled, the consequences of not doing well in a college course, effect on high school graduation, and the responsibilities of eligible students and their parents/guardians.
Benefits of Dual Enrollment/Early College
- Dual enrollment allows you to figure out what college instructors expect and how college is different from high school. When you get to college, you’ll already have a jump start are how to handle it.
- Dual enrollment classes can count toward high school graduation and college credit, and they are usually paid for by your high school. You’ll could finish college early and pay less in the long run.
- You can take classes your high school does not offer. College courses prepares students to effectively communicate, think critically and be socially and culturally aware.
Steps for High School Students to Participate in Dual Enrollment/Early College
It's important that you and your parents are on the same page about your future academic path.
Discuss how dual enrollment works and course options that are in line with your academic goals.
This Dual Enrollment Form must be submitted to the MCCC Office of Admissions. This form must be submitted prior to each Academic Year (Fall and Winter semester) of taking Dual Enrollment courses. If a student is not being sponsored by a school, then only the student and parent/guardian signature is required.
Admission to the college for dual enrollment is based upon high school performance (minimum GPA 2.5), standardized test scores (such as ACT/SAT) and MCCC placement test scores. Please contact your high school guidance counselor to discuss your placement options.
You register through your school's counselor. Course selection is limited by the high school, MCCC, and/or availability of course(s) desired.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, unless you are 18 or older and are willing to assume the responsibility for the payment.
The parent signs off as the counselor and/or principal, and the “High School” line on the Dual Enrollment Form is filled out as “Home Schooled.”
Your high school counselor will help you determine what you are able to take.
Yes. Registering for an academic course means you will receive a grade and have a college transcript. A transcript is a permanent record of courses attempted and completed. Any courses that you are enrolled in after the drop date for a 100-percent refund will appear on your college transcript along with the grade earned. These are permanent and cannot be removed or changed.
You should consult with your parent and high school counselor prior to dropping a course. If you drop prior to the end of the 100% refund period, the class will not appear on your transcript and the tuition is refundable. Please check the MCCC schedule book for exact dates.
A "withdrawal" is when you take yourself out of a class after the 100-percent refund period. Your grade for the class will be a "W", which will appear on your transcript. This will not affect your grade point average at MCCC. Some universities, such as Michigan State University, consider a W as a 0.0, however. Also, be sure to check your high school's policy on how a "W" effects your high school grade point average and your eligibility for participating in high school activities and programs.
No. You will be treated the same as any other college student. Topics discussed and some of the language used may be of an adult nature.
Check with your high school.
College financial aid can only be used for admitted college students, not dual enrolled students. Be sure, though, to apply for financial aid during your senior year of high school to get your college money ready for the fall semester of college.