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Frequently Asked Questions About Dual Enrollment and Early Admission

What is dual enrollment?

Dual enrollment is an acceleration program that allows secondary students to take postsecondary coursework and simultaneously earn credit toward high school diploma and an associate or baccalaureate degree at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Dual enrollment students take courses on a part-time basis.

What is early admission?

Early admission is a program of enrollment in classes at FGCU on a full-time basis. The student is not registererd in any classes at the high school. 

What are the eligibility requirements for students in home education programs?

Home education students have equal access to dual enrollment and early admission as public school students. Home education students must present evidence to FGCU that the home education program is in compliance with section 1002.41, F.S. in order to provide dual enrollment/early admission opportunities comparable to those for public school students.   It is not a statutory requirement that home education students present a transcript at the time of entry to the dual enrollment/early admission program; however, it is highly recommended as there may be educational benefits to the student for sharing his or her education background. FGCU must enter into a Home Education Articulation Agreement with each student seeking enrollment in a dual enrollment/early admission course. There is no minimum GPA requirement for home education students.

May the school district deny participation in the dual enrollment program to a qualified student?

No. According to s. 1007.271, F.S., school districts may not deny dual enrollment/early admission participation to students who meet statutory eligibility requirements and any additional college readiness requirements established by the Florida College System institution and included in the Dual Enrollment/Early Admission Articulation Agreement.

May the school district establish additional dual enrollment eligibility requirements?

No. Only a Florida College/University System board of trustees is permitted to establish eligibility requirements in addition to those specified in s 1007.271, F.S. These additional requirements must be included in the Dual Enrollment/Early Admission Articulation Agreement.

May the college establish additional dual enrollment eligibility requirements?

Yes. Please see dual enrollment and early admission criteria at

May a student who does not meet eligibility requirements or students who wish to take ineligible courses participate in dual enrollment or early admission, but pay their own tuition and fees?

No. Under the dual enrollment/early admission program students must meet eligibility requirements to enroll in eligible courses at FGCU.

May a student take online dual enrollment courses?

Yes, many students take online course at FGCU.  It is recommended that students have a computer and internet access at home, however computer/internet resources are available on campus.

When and where are dual enrollment/admission courses taught?

Students who are eligible for dual enrollment/early admission shall be permitted to enroll in dual enrollment courses conducted during school hours, after school hours, and during the summer term (FGCU accepts application for admission to fall and spring terms only.  Once admitted, students may enroll in summer classes). Dual enrollment/early admission is only offered through courses taught on the campus of FGCU.

Is a dual enrollment/early admission student required to take the high school end-of-course (EOC) assessments?

Students who complete their U.S. History requirement through dual enrollment are exempted from taking the U.S. History EOC Assessment. All students must, however, complete the Algebra I assessment. For students who wish to be eligible for the “Scholars” diploma designation, they must pass the Algebra I, Biology, US History, and Algebra II (when available) assessments. Students who complete related subject area coursework through dual enrollment/early admission should be advised of this requirement and be provided material by the high school to increase their likelihood of success on the EOC.  Students should contact their high school counselor regarding all EOC assessments.

How many credits must a student take in the early admission dual enrollment program?

Early admission students must enroll in a minimum of 12 college credit hours per semester, but cannot take more than 16 credits during the fall or spring terms or 6 credits during the summer term at FGCU. Dual Enrollment students take less than 12 credits per term.

May an early admission student participate in high school activities?

School district policies vary regarding student participation in high school activities. However, students in early admission programs are eligible under the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) to participate in high school athletics.  Students may not be registered in activity related courses at the high school if they are early admission at FGCU. 

May a student take dual enrollment/early admission courses even after completion of high school graduation subject area requirements?

Dual enrollment students are subject to the same district policy as non-dual enrollment students. For example, if a non-dual enrollment student completes high school graduation requirements but has not graduated by December of his or her senior year and is allowed to continue taking high school courses in the spring term, then the dual enrollment student should also be permitted to take dual enrollment courses in the spring term.  Please check with your school district regarding their policy. 

May a student take dual enrollment/early admission courses beyond the high school graduation date?

No. If a student is projected to graduate from high school before the completion date of the FGCU course, the student may not take that course through dual enrollment. Following high school graduation dual enrollment students must appy to FGCU utilizing the FGCU online application; early admission students may notify the ACE Director or the FGCU Undergraduate Admission Office and are not required to submit an application.

How are dual enrollment courses weighted by the public school district?

Section 1003.437, F.S., specifies that “For the purposes of class ranking, district school boards may exercise a weighted grading system pursuant to s. 1007.271.” For districts that use a weighted grading system, s. 1007.271(18), F.S., states that “school districts and Florida College System institutions must weigh dual enrollment courses the same as advanced placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education courses when grade point averages are calculated. Alternative grade calculation or weighting systems that discriminate against dual enrollment courses are prohibited.” In addition, there should be no differentiation between the weighting of 1000 and 2000 level courses or courses that do not appear on the Dual Enrollment Course—High School Subject Area Equivalency List.

What dual enrollment/early admission courses count toward a Bright Futures Scholarship?

The Bright Futures Comprehensive Course Table (CCT),, lists all courses considered for state scholarships. Dual enrollment/early admission courses are found by scrolling to the bottom of each subject area list of courses. For each course the CCT displays the number of credits applied, its application to the different scholarship levels, and if the course is identified as “core” for admissions purposes to the State University System.  Please check with the high school counselor regarding Bright Futures eligibility. 

Is a student who completes dual enrollment credits considered a freshman for state university admissions?

Yes. According to Board of Governors Regulation 6.002, FTIC freshmen are defined as students who have earned a standard high school diploma from a Florida public or regionally accredited high school, or its equivalent, and who have earned fewer than twelve (12) semester hours of transferable college credit after receiving a standard high school diploma or its equivalent.

 Do students pay the college tuition for dual enrollment courses?

A student who is enrolled in a dual enrollment or early admission program at FGCU is exempt from the payment of tuition and fees. The fee exemption includes application, registration, tuition, and laboratory fees for courses taken through dual enrollment or early admission.  Students are required to pay for orientation and math placement fees (if applicable).

Are students required to pay for textbooks?

School districts pay for all required texts.   Students enrolled in home education programs or nonpublic secondary schools must provide their own materials.

Are dual enrollment and early admission programs academically rigorous acceleration options?

Yes, dual enrollment and early admission are rigorous academic options that represents one of the accelerated mechanisms by which high school students can advance their course of study towards a postsecondary goal.  All FGCU faculty have college level teaching credentials and eligible students must prove college readiness evidenced by GPA and college placement test scores.

Is dual enrollment or early admission right for everyone?

Dual enrollment and early admission programs provide an opportunity to take challenging courses and accelerate education opportunities at FGCU. Students who successfully complete university courses will save time toward their college degree and save money with free tuition and textbooks. Students should understand, however, that dual enrollment/early admission courses at FGCU are university level courses and the amount of work necessary to succeed may be much greater than in high school courses. In addition, dual enrollment/early admission courses become a part of a student’s permanent college transcript and are calculated into the student’s permanent university GPA. Poor performance as a dual enrollment/early admission student can ultimately impact one’s postsecondary career, including academic standing and financial aid eligibility. It is important to do well in these courses to realize all the benefits.