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 3.0 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 BCC 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.
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 CDEP 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 CDEP:*
- 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.
*Some students may qualify for alternate dual enrollment.