Dual Enrollment

The Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Act requires that by March 1 of each year school districts shall provide general information about the dual enrollment options. This Handbook is provided to all students and parents and students sign a form (see page 57) indicating they received a copy of the Handbook and reviewed its provisions. This process will serve as the notice to students and parents required by law.

Students eligible to participate must be in grade 11 or 12 and must be enrolled in at least one course at their local high school. They must have taken the Michigan Merit Exam and have received qualifying scores in at least one of the assessments described below.

PLAN Assessment

Content Area Minimum Qualifying Score
Mathematics 18
Reading 17
Science 19
English 21

PSAT Assessment

Test Section Content Area Minimum Qualifying Score
Critical Reasoning Reading 44
Writing Skills Writing 49
Mathematics Mathematics 45


Test Section Minimum Qualifying Score
Mathematics 18
Reading 17
Science 19
English 21

Michigan Merit Exam

Content Area Qualifying Scores
English Language Arts (Average Read/Write) Level 1 or 2
Reading Level 1 or 2
Writing Level 1 or 2
Mathematics Level 1 or 2
Science Level 1 or 2
Social Studies Level 1 or 2


Fifth-year seniors have different qualifying criteria but are still eligible for dual enrollment consideration.

If the students has not reached qualifying scores in all areas he/she can still take courses limited to the areas in which he/she did obtain qualifying scores. Students may also take courses for which there are no endorsements, such as philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, computer science, foreign languages that are not offered by the student’s high school. It must be an academic course (as opposed to an activity course), a course that is not a hobby, craft or recreational course, is not physical education, theology, divinity or religious education.

School districts must pay students’ tuition and mandatory course fees, including technology fees, material fees, registration fees and any late fees charged by the post-secondary institution. School districts are not required to pay for books, transportation, parking costs or activity fees. The district will not pay more than the actual costs listed above and will not pay more than the foundation allowance the district receives from the state for the portion of the school day/year that the student is enrolled in post-secondary education in lieu of classes at CCHS. If the student has a full schedule at CCHS and chooses to take post-secondary classes outside the normal school day, he/she can receive credit for the course but CCHS will not pay the fees described in this paragraph.

Any student who wants to take a dual enrollment course must:

  • Complete the Michigan Merit Exam prior to application
  • Meet with the school counselor to complete the required paperwork
  • Understand that the course, credit and grade will appear on the student’s report card and be included in calculation of grade point average.
  • Understand that he/she will get high school and college credits, but the way those credits are calculated are different. The counselor will explain.