Rhode Island is committed to supporting students in taking college courses to earn credit while still in secondary school.

In 2013, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed legislation (RIGL 16-100) that called for the adoption of a statewide policy for dual enrollment that allows students to take college courses to earn credit at both the secondary school and the higher education institution. Subsequently, the Board of Education adopted regulations in April of 2015, that provide all qualified Rhode Island high school students access to college level coursework while still in high school.

Students can access college level courses in two ways by taking: 

  1. Concurrent enrollment courses at their high school: these courses are the same courses that are taught at the college, but are approved to be taught at the high school, by the high school teacher. 
  2. Dual enrollment courses at the institution’s campus: these courses are part of the institution’s regular schedule and are taught by a college professor.

Upon successful completion of a dual or concurrent course, students will earn credit toward their high school graduation requirements and they will earn credit with the higher education institution where they are enrolled for the course. Depending on their plans after high school, students can choose to transfer the credit with another institution. Ultimately, all students have the opportunity to reduce the amount of time and expense required to obtain a college degree.

The Governor's PrepareRI Dual Enrollment Fund was approved for a third year as part of the FY18 State budget. Through the PrepareRI Dual Enrollment Fund, qualified public high school students can take dual and concurrent coursework with CCRI, RIC and URI at no costs to them or their families. 

Questions? Email advancedcoursework@ride.ri.gov

Preparing for Dual & Concurrent Enrollment

Students and Families

Dual Enrollment Information for Students and Families

    • Printable summary of dual and concurrent enrollment for students and families in English and in Spanish

    Are You Ready to Take a College Class?

    Each public Rhode Island higher education institution has established minimum eligibility criteria for high school students who wish to take dual and concurrent enrollment courses. If you meet these criteria, you may be on your way to taking a college class! And, don’t forget to explore other college-level opportunities your school offers, like Advanced Placement (AP) classes and dual enrollment with other private institutions.

    Ask your school counselor or school administrator what you need to do to take a dual or concurrent enrollment class at one of Rhode Island's public postsecondary institutions. Make sure you verify that the course you want to take will also count toward your graduation requirements. Your school or district may also have additional enrollment requirements.

    • Questions? Check out the FAQs
    • Unsure what courses to enroll in? Check out the recommended courses found in the tabs below (available for RIC and CCRI)

    Concurrent Enrollment

    Many high schools will offer college classes that are taught by high school instructors. This means that you can take a college class and earn college credit without leaving your high school. The concurrent enrollment course catalog lists the courses that MAY be available at your school. Be sure to ask your counselor or school administrator what concurrent enrollment classes are offered at your school. Visit each institutions tab below for more information.

    Dual Enrollment

    Dual enrollment means you receive the approval of your school counselor or administrator to take a college class that is taught by the professor on the college campus. Make sure you verify that the course you want to take will also count toward your graduation requirements. Your school will be available to assist you in registration and working with your schedule. You may be responsible for your own transportation to the dual enrollment class.

    Make sure you review and know the calendar and registration dates for the school you’re interested in. Helpful links can be found at each institution’s tab below.

    Remember Your Responsibilities as a College Student

    Regardless of where you take a college class, you are responsible for meeting the course expectations, requirements and following the course syllabus. This information will be given to you by the instructor at the beginning of each course. The syllabus will tell you what you can expect to learn and what is expected from you such as:

    • An overview of course content and learning objectives for the course
    • Reading assignments with due dates
    • Papers, tests, oral reports, or projects required
    • An explanation of how you will be graded (grading policies)
    • Class policies on attendance, lateness, retaking tests, late assignments, plagiarism, classroom behavior 

    It is your responsibility to keep up with the course deadlines. It is vital that you pay attention to withdrawal and add/drop deadlines from the institution that is offering the course. Your grade will appear on an official college transcript. If you drop the course after the deadlines or receive a failing grade, this may impact your financial aid and/or GPA during college in the future. 

    If you are thinking of dropping a course for any reason, talk with your school counselor as soon as possible. The course you've chosen counts toward your high school requirements and dropping or failing the class may impact the credit you need for high school graduation.

    Course Tuition and Costs

    Governor Raimondo's Prepare RI Dual Enrollment Fund for the 2016-17 school year was approved as part of the the FY17 State budget. The Prepare RI Dual Enrollment Fund for school year 2016-17 provides funding for every qualified public high school student to take college courses from Rhode Island’s public higher education institutions as part of their high school requirements at no cost to the student or family. This means you do not have to pay the cost of tuition or fees. The course costs outlined in the concurrent enrollment course catalog are covered by the Prepare RI Dual Enrollment Fund.

    The cost of books and associated course materials will be covered by your school or district if you are taking the course for high school credit.

    Course Transfer Information

    College credits transfer among RI's public higher education institutions in a variety of ways. Visit how courses transfer for more information. To see minimum grade requirements for transferring courses visit the transfer credit policy. If a course is not listed it may transfer as a free elective pending review. You can look up how a course taken at CCRI, RIC, or URI transfers to another of the RI public higher education institutions at RITransfers.org

    Follow These Steps:

    1. From the RI Transfers website, click on How Courses Transfer box on the left side of the homepage
    2. Then click on Course to Course Equivalencies. 
    3. Click on the college or university where you want to have the credits transferred
    4. Click on the college where you took the course
    5. Enter the course code (the letter abbreviation and number) for the course 
    6. Then hit search

    Schools and Districts

    Dual Enrollment Information for Schools and Districts

    • Click here for a printable summary of dual and concurrent enrollment for school and district staff and administrators  
    • Click here for a sample letter to help communicate this opportunity to your students and families. Click here for the sample letter in Spanish 
    • Click here for a double-sided flyer for students and parents about dual and concurrent enrollment. For a Spanish version of the flyer, click here
    • Questions? Read the FAQs here
    • Watch the April 2015 complete webinar or view the PDF 
    • Watch the September 2015 complete webinar or view the PDF 

    Each public postsecondary institution has assigned a staff coordinator to oversee the selection and delivery of dual and concurrent courses. It is recommended that your school or district designate a staff member(s) to ensure the consistent communication between your school and the institution. 

    Coordinating Responsibilities

    The school or LEA designated staff can be the main the point of contact for:  
    • Advising students on courses that match their interests and meet their graduation requirements 
    • Assisting students with dual and concurrent registration  
    • Confirming enrollments with the institution
    • Communicating the available opportunities, benefits and risks to students and families
    • Ensuring final grades are coordinated with each institution 
    •  Identifying and assisting qualified high school instructors to be approved to teach concurrent enrollment courses

    Course Costs

    Governor Raimondo’s Prepare RI Dual Enrollment Fund was approved as part of the FY17 state budget. Funding for the school year 2016-17 provides funding to enable qualified students to participate in dual- and concurrent-enrollment programming with URI, RIC and CCRI as part of their high school requirements at no cost to students and families.

    The Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner will reimburse URI, RIC and CCRI for the per credit tuition cost and fees for students participating in dual and concurrent enrollment programming. This means schools and districts do not pay the cost of tuition, application or fees. 

    • Books: Since students take dual and concurrent enrollment as part of their high school requirements, the cost of books and associated course materials is the responsibility of the school or district.
    • Transportation: Students and their families are responsible for transporting the student to the course on the postsecondary institution’s campus. The school or district may choose to support transportation of their students.

    The course costs outlined in the concurrent enrollment course catalog are covered by the Prepare RI Dual Enrollment Fund. 

    Concurrent Enrollment

    The course catalog details the instructor qualifications and approval needed to offer a concurrent course. Each instructor must receive approval to offer the course. More information on how to be approved to offer concurrent enrollment courses at your school is available on the tabs below for each Rhode Island public higher education institution.

    Each institutions approaches concurrent enrollment course approval slightly differently. The information for concurrent enrollment programs at URI, RIC and CCRI can be found at the tabs below.

    Dual Enrollment

    Students have access to each public postsecondary institution’s full course catalog through Dual Enrollment. 

    Your schools can be ready to assist students who wish to participate in dual enrollment by:

    • Advising students to select a course that will match their interests and count toward high school graduation requirements 
    • Assisting with the registration process as needed
    • Providing recommendations or grade verification as needed 

    Dual Enrollment Regulations

    Dual Enrollment Regulations

    The regulations for dual enrollment support the expansion of early college access for all qualified Rhode Island students. The regulations:
    • Ensure students receive both high school and college credit
    • Provide all qualified students access through dual enrollment to the entire course catalog offered by URI, RIC and CCRI
    • Create a clear process for high schools to expand concurrent enrollment courses 
    • Establish clear eligibility criteria which allows teachers, students, and families to see if students are prepared to take college level coursework
    • Remove barriers to participation for low-income students 

    View the complete Dual Enrollment Regulations


    Benefits of Dual Enrollment

    The benefits of taking college courses while still in high school go beyond simply earning credit and reducing the cost of college. Research shows that students who participate in dual and concurrent enrollment as high students1:

    • Are more likely to meet college-readiness benchmarks
    • Are more likely to enter college, and enter shortly after high school graduation
    • Less likely to place into remedial English or math
    • Have higher first-year college grade point average
    • Have higher second-year retention rates
    • Have higher four- and six-year college completion rates
    • Have shorter average time to bachelor’s degree completion for those completing in six years or less

    Increasing Student Access and Success in Dual Enrollment Programs: 13 Model State-Level Policy Components

    Dual & Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities

    Dual and concurrent enrollment is part of PrepareRI, a statewide initiative to build career pathways for all Rhode Island youth. Learn more about PrepareRI at www.prepare-ri.org

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