New Law takes effect for 2012-2013 School Year to make 9th grade and Home School students eligible

Dual enrollment has existed in Michigan since 1991. This allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college classes that are paid for by the school district if the student meets certain conditions. The Postsecondary Enrollment Option Act was effective December 30, 1997 under Public Act 178 (HB 5232) which amended PA 160 (HB 4643) of 1996, PA 159 (HB 4640), PA 161 (HB 4642), and PA 148 School State Aid Act (21b). It allows for students who have demonstrated proficiency on their MEAP exams to dual enroll in specific subject areas where they have demonstrated proficiency (Levels 1, 2 or 3): Reading,Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. This may allow a student to enroll in classes in a college and/or university for college credit, high school and college credit or high school credit only. Most guidance counselors are recommending that students take the college course for college credit only since some colleges are not accepting courses taken for high school credit towards college degree/certificate programs.

The high school would be responsible to pay for tuition and mandatory course fees (not books) in courses that the high school may not offer. This would include courses in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Computer Science, Foreign Language and Fine Arts-Art/Music/Drama. This would not apply to courses for hobbies, crafts, recreation, physical education, theology, religious education, etc.

Parents of 8th grade students should be able to review this information to assist their son/daughter to consider taking advantage of this opportunity. PLAN and PSAT are now used as qualifying criteria for consideration in school districts in Michigan for dual enrollment for 11th and 12th grades.

Qualifying Scores for Dual Enrollment


Dual Enrollment FAQ

Here are some websites to help you consider classes to register for from assorted local colleges/universities:

Lansing Community College Michigan State University

Michigan Virtual University Michigan State Virtual University

Information on Dual Enrollment, Testing Out, Advanced Placement, Summer Institute, etc. with State of Michigan

Michigan State University

MSU Gifted & Talented

Transfer of Credit Policies at MSU

Education Week article on Dual Enrollment