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High School/Dual Enrollment

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. Priority will be given to students that apply and register for class by the June 30 fall deadline and the December 1 spring deadline. 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 rigorous 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 many 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
  1. Apply for Admission to HCC! Create an account, and then follow these specific instructions to complete and submit your application. Supplemental items will be sent to you via email, or you can access them here: Dual Enrollment Rights & Responsibilities Form and Dual Enrollment Counselor/Home School Form. A high school or home school transcript is required. Dual enrollment application deadlines are as follows: for fall semester, June 30; for spring semester, Dec. 1.
  2. Take the Placement Test. Instructions to schedule your placement test will be e-mailed to you once your application is complete. Note: You must have a photo ID to take the placement test.
  3. Register for Classes. After you have taken the placement test, meet with your dual enrollment advisor to develop your educational plan and schedule your classes. 
  4. Log in to Email & Online Services. HCC email is used for all school communication. Online Services gives you access to e-billing and payment plans, financial aid status, financial aid consent to electronic communication, insurance waiver, registration, advising, DegreeWorks, grades, and student records. Be sure to check it regularly!
  5. Pay Tuition & Fees by the deadline printed on your schedule or found here. You can pay online by logging into Online Services. All HCC bills are electronic. You will not receive a bill in the mail.
  6. Order your textbooks. Order early to ensure delivery prior to the start of the semester!
  7. Attend Dual Enrollment Orientation. Orientation for dual enrollment students is mandatory and provides you with information about the college that will help you make a successful transition from high school to college. Upcoming dates and times for dual enrollment orientation will be included in your dual enrollment acceptance packet.

Apply Now

Wherever you want to go, HCC can help you get there. 


dual enrollment requirements

  • Application Deadlines: Fall Semester June 30, Spring Semester December 1
  • Minimum high school GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum Accuplacer scores: Reading Comprehension 55; Sentence Skills 60; and Arithmetic 34
  • Permission from High School Counselor or primary Home School Instructor

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