To be eligible for the Dual Enrollment program a student must be:
- Enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 in a Massachusetts public secondary school or non-public school, including home school.
- Meet all course prerequisites per the policies of the participating campus.
- Have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or demonstrate their potential for academic success through submission of evidence of steadily improving high school grades, high class rank, special talent, strong grades in the field of the CDEP course, strong recommendations, etc.
- Students must maintain a Bristol GPA of at least 3.0 to continue to participate in dual enrollment.
Students who meet eligibility guidelines are not guaranteed participation. Participation is at the discretion of the participating institution of higher education and subject to capacity constraints.
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 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 Bristol Office of Academic Affairs is required.
A student with a high school diploma is not eligible to participate. This includes students who graduate in the spring of a given year and wish to enroll in a Dual Enrollment course held in the summer or any subsequent term. Participating students may enroll in credit-bearing, college-level courses that are:
- Listed in the participating institution's course catalog.
- Taught by college faculty.
- Taking place on campus, online, or at a high school.
- Courses must either be within a discipline that qualifies under the MassTransfer Block, part of the curriculum of approved associate degrees linked baccalaureate programs under MassTransfer; or in computer science, technology or engineering. The disciplines represented in the MassTransfer Block are behavioral and social sciences, humanities and fine arts, natural or physical science, English composition/writing, and mathematic/quantitative reasoning. Eligible courses must also count for three or more credits.
Although not a requirement for participation, the institutions of higher education are required to focus efforts on enrolling qualified students with particular emphasis on first-generation college students and students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
The following courses are ineligible for Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program:
- Remedial/developmental courses (including ESL courses);
- Non-credit courses;
- Physical education/fitness/recreation courses;
- Courses less than three credit hours; and
- First-year orientation or similar courses.