Education Commission of the States has researched dual/concurrent enrollment policies in all states to provide this comprehensive resource. Click on the questions below for 50-state comparisons showing how all states approach specific dual/concurrent enrollment policies. Or, choose to view a specific state’s approach by going to the individual state profiles page. For an explanation of the findings of the dual enrollment resource, click here.

Key takeaways

  • Without a requirement that eligible students may participate, schools and districts may not be inclined to promote dual/concurrent enrollment for students.
  • Some express concern that dual enrollment courses taught by high school teachers may not meet the same level of rigor as courses taught by postsecondary faculty on postsecondary campuses.
  • Some critics contend that dual enrollment courses without an end-of-course assessment have no measure to ensure that the level of rigor matches that of traditional postsecondary courses.
  • How funding flows can either incentivize schools to participate or deter participation. If courses meet rigorous criteria yet students are denied transfer credit at another postsecondary institution, the value of dual enrollment as an option for students to save money and time to degree is negated.

50-state comparisons

Program basics 

  1. Statewide policy in place
  2. Definition or title of program
  3. Where courses provided
  4. Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned
  5. Students may take developmental/remedial coursework for dual credit
  6. CTE component
  7. Unique characteristics


  1. Offering mandatory or voluntary
  2. College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both
  3. Student eligibility requirements
  4. Cap on number of credits students may earn
  5. Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities
  6. Counseling/advising is made available to students


  1. Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition
  2. How state funds participating high schools
  3. How state funds participating postsecondary institutions

Ensuring program quality 

  1. Instructor and course quality component
  2. Program reporting requirement
  3. Program evaluation component


  1. Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits
  2. Dual enrollment (all data points for all states)

Related resources 

Staff contact
Jennifer Dounay Zinth

 PUBLISHED: February 1, 2015



 STATE(S): Nationwide

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