Dual Enrollment for High School Students

Apply today to sign up for your FREE Dual Enrollment course! Funding is available through the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) and Holyoke Community College. Funding is limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. All Dual Enrollment applicants will be reviewed for a free college course.    

If you are a junior or senior enrolled in a high school or a home school program who wants to take college courses now, take a look at HCC's Dual Enrollment program. This selective program offers a unique learning experience for motivated students.

You'll have the chance to experience HCC's academic rigor and classroom diversity, while earning both high school and college credit at an affordable price. Whether you opt for a full- or part-time course load, you're considered an HCC student and can take advantage of all our resources and participate in campus activities. The college credit you earn through the Dual Enrollment program transfers to most two-year and four-year colleges, both public and private. There is no application fee to apply to the Dual Enrollment program.

About Dual Enrollment

The Dual Enrollment program is open to qualified juniors and seniors from participating high schools and home school programs. Some of the many benefits available to Dual Enrollment students include:

  • challenging coursework
  • a diverse classroom experience
  • an affordable start to a university-caliber education
  • free access to college clubs and activities, academic support, and all other HCC student services.

Dual Enrollment aims to ease the transition from high school to college. Qualified students get a head start on their college careers, as well as meaningful and challenging academic experiences.

Steps to Enroll

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      Ask your guidance counselor

      If you are enrolled at a high school, the first step is to contact your guidance counselor to inquire about Dual Enrollment opportunities between HCC and your school. Home schooled students should discuss Dual Enrollment opportunities with their primary home school instructor.

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      Apply to HCC 

    2. Applicants must complete the Dual Enrollment application. This is also available at your high school guidance office. The Dual Enrollment application deadline is June 30 for the Fall semester and December 1 for the Spring Semester. Parent/guardian approval is required.

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      All applicants must submit an official high school transcript, and must have parent/guardian and guidance counselor approval prior to the application deadline. Be sure to have your transcript sent to the HCC Admissions Office, attention: Dual Enrollment,
      303 Homestead Avenue
      Holyoke, MA 01040.

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      Test Assessment

      Placement testing is required for all Dual Enrollment students. Testing will take place at HCC and applicants must meet the following minimum Accuplacer scores:

      • Reading Comprehension 55
      • Sentence Skills 60
      • Arithmetic 34

      In addition, applicants must meet all prerequisite requirements for selected courses.

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      Dual Enrollment Application Review and Admission

    2. Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Students who have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) in high school, meet the placement testing requirements, and are recommended by their high school guidance counselor will be considered for acceptance for full- or part-time enrollment.

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      New Student Advising and Registration

      Once accepted to the Dual Enrollment program, you’ll meet with the Dual Enrollment advisor to review your education plan, choose courses, and register for classes.

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      Submit Proof of Immunization

      Massachusetts law (Chapter 76, Section 15C) requires that all students carrying 12 or more credits must submit proof, within 30 days of registering for courses, of the following immunizations: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella: 2 shots), Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis: must be within last 10 years), Hepatitis B (3 shots), and chickenpox (2 shots). Documentation of positive antibody titers for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella is acceptable. Immunization records can be obtained from your high school, physician’s office, military records, or other colleges attended, and must be submitted to HCC Health Services Office (Frost 105) for review. If needed, low cost vaccines are available at HCC Health Services.

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      Orientation & Vehicle Registration

      After you meet with your advisor and register for classes, you’ll receive a packet of information in the mail, including the date and time of your orientation. Orientation will cover everything from academic policies to registering your car, accessing the college computer network, locating campus resources and services, and securing a student ID and bus pass. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other students, get familiar with the campus, and pick up your books. Free PVTA bus transportation is available to all day students at HCC. HCC's free shuttle service, La Guagua Pa'l College, provides transportation to and from campus for Holyoke residents between 5-9:30 p.m. Have a car? Free on-campus parking is available to all Dual Enrollment students. Stop by the Office of Public Safety to register and get your parking permit.

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      Pay Tuition and Fees

      Students participating in the Dual Enrollment program will pay current tuition and fees, unless funding is available. They are responsible for all costs associated with their education, which may include books, lab fees, materials and transportation. Current high students are ineligible for financial aid. All Dual Enrollment applicants will be reviewed for eligibility for Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) and Holyoke Community College funds. Funding will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Tuition and fees can be paid online at MyHCC, by mail, or in person at the Bursar’s Office. HCC also has a payment plan available.

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    Get Updates & Print Your Class Schedule

    The week before classes begin, logon to MyHCC to check for any changes and print your class schedule.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040