Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program (CDEP)
Bristol Community College’s Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program provides an opportunity for eligible high school students to enroll at Bristol Community College as non degree students and have the courses be recognized toward degree completion at both the College and the student’s high school.
Students may enroll at BCC for as little as one course, on a part-time basis or for as much as a full-time course load of 12 to 15 credits. Some students have been granted release time from their high schools in order to attend their BCC classes during their regular high school hours. Students may also enroll in afternoon, evening, weekend, and online classes. A minimum high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and an official high school transcript are required. BCC also requires that the students and parent or guardian complete a Dual Enrollment application form which must be signed by the high school guidance counselor. Students who are under the age of 16 need BCC permission to take College classes and must comply with BCC's underage student policies and procedures.
Dual Enrollment students who wish to take English, Math and selected courses are required by the Department of Higher Education to take placements tests in order to ensure appropriate placement in classes. The tests assess your skill levels in reading, writing and mathematics. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with academic background information, are used to assist you with course selection. For more information visit Placement Testing.
High school students are eligible to participate in the program if they meet the following criteria, as established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Bristol Community College:
- Students much meet the eligibility requirements for the program.
- High school students in the Bristol Community College service area may enroll in one college course each semester at no cost. Tuition and fees for this free dual enrollment course are being covered in part by a grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Where necessary, any additional tuition and fees are being waived by Bristol Community College.
Note: A student may only take one free course either a Dual Enrollment course or a CVTE course but not both.
- Students below the age of 16 at the time of registration must comply with the BCC Underage Student Policy.
- Students who wish to take additional courses will be charged full price.
- Students are responsible for the cost of course texts, materials and lab fees.
Students who are interested in taking ineligible Dual Enrollment courses and/or who do not meet the required Grade Point Average (GPA) are responsible for the tuition and fees charged for the courses.
High School students who do not have the required GPA to participate in the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program but who have demonstrated exceptional ability in a certain subject or who have greatly improved their academic performance may be eligible to participate but must apply for a waiver.
To request a waiver, a student must submit a letter written by the student that demonstrates his or her potential for academic success and a recommendation from a high school official. Supporting materials may also be submitted and can include evidence of steadily improving high school grades, high class rank, special talent, strong grades in a field of study, strong recommendations, College Placement Testing results, etc. Approval by the BCC Office of Academic Affairs is required.
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