Dual Enrollment (DE) courses allow you to earn your high school diploma and college credits simultaneously, at a fraction of the normal cost. Frederick Community College (FCC) offers a variety of dual enrollment options in partnership with Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS). Your goals determine which option is best for you. Contact your school counselor for more information on each program or to enroll.
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Take select FCC courses at your FCPS high school or at the Career and Technology Center.
Earn your high school diploma and college credits from FCC simultaneously.

High school students in this program take FCC courses at their high school during the regular school day. These are college level, credit-bearing courses taught by FCPS teachers. Available courses vary by school; talk to your counselor to see what is offered at your FCPS high school. High School Based students receive a discounted tuition rate at FCC.

 

        
     

 

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What is Dual Enrollment: High School Based?
High School Based refers to high school students taking FCC courses at their high school or the CTC during the regular school day.
How do I qualify for a High School Based FCC course?
Currently enrolled FCPS high school students with an unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.0 who are college and career ready may consider dual enrollment. Assessment scores (SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, PARCC, and more) determine college and career readiness. Scores required to enroll in college level, credit-bearing courses are: See More
  English Math
ACCUPLACER Reading: 253
Writing: 263
Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics: 263
 
ACT Average score of Reading and Writing Tests: 21 21
AP Exam English Lang/Comp or Lit/Comp: 3 or higher Calculus AB or BC: 3 or higher
FCPS Course English 12 Portfolio Algebra II or higher within the past two years: A or B or Intermediate Transitional Algebra experience
PARCC English 10 or 11: 4 or 5 Algebra II or Geometry: 4 or 5
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 480 530
Who teaches the FCC High School Based courses?
High School Based courses are taught by FCPS teachers from your high school. These teachers are hired by FCC to teach college courses and are held to the same hiring and credentialing standards as adjunct professors.
What is the difference between college credit and dual credit?
College credit is awarded upon successful completion of the college course(s). This credit is reflected on the college transcript. Dual credit means that both high school credit and college credit can be earned upon successful completion of a college course. See More
Dual credit is awarded to high school students if the college course meets the curriculum requirements of an approved FCPS high school course. Dual credit is reflected on both the high school transcript and the college transcript.
Can a parent/guardian monitor their student’s progress in the college course?
Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) applies to all students enrolled in college courses, despite the age of the student. See More
Therefore, communication is only between the student and the college. Students are responsible for monitoring their educational progress through their FCC student account and communication with their instructors. A FERPA waiver is available for students as a way to provide parents the right to communicate with FCC.
How do I enroll in the High School Based Dual Enrollment program?
  1. Complete an FCPS Dual Enrollment Student Packet provided by your high school and ensure all paperwork is signed by student, parent, and school staff.
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  1. Complete the online application for the College.
  2. Determine the need for placement testing:
    1. If exempt from placement testing, submit proof of the exemption to the point of contact at the high school.
    2. If not exempt, sign and submit the Permission to Test form provided by your school counselor and sit for the ACCUPLACER to determine college readiness.
  3. Students will be notified of assessment results and college ready status.
  4. High School Based dually enrolled students are not responsible for registering for classes. Registration is completed collaboratively by FCPS and FCC staff.
  5. Pay for your course(s) once you are notified by your high school that you have been registered.
What High School Based courses are offered at my high school?
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High School Based courses vary from school to school depending on the school size, staffing, and student interest. Talk to your counselor to see what is available at your FCPS high school.
How much does a High School Based course cost?
For 2019-2020, tuition is $53.75 per credit hour. Tuition is waived for students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Meals. See More
 
Credits 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Tuition $53.75 $107.50 $161.25 $215.00 $268.75 $322.50 $376.25 $430.00 $483.75
What are a student’s payment options?
Students have the option of making the tuition payment online or on campus and can request a payment plan. A payment plan must be discussed with FCC Student Accounts  (301.846.2456).
What FCC resources are available to students if they are dually enrolled?
A dually enrolled high school student can access all resources available to FCC students (Learning Commons; free tutoring at the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, and STEM Learning Center; online databases; online Writing Center).
Does FCC provide accommodations for FCPS students with an IEP or 504 plan?
Dually enrolled students, including both open campus and high school based students, seeking disability accommodations for FCC courses must request services through the FCC Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office. See More

Reasonable accommodations for post-secondary classes are offered to eligible students based on a formal initiation of services request and submission of appropriate disability documentation. Students are required to meet with a disabilities specialist for an intake appointment. This appointment may be scheduled by calling 301.846.2408 or emailing DisablityServices@frederick.edu. More information about disability services is available here.

Take select FCC courses at FCC or online. Earn your high school diploma and college credits from FCC simultaneously.

High school students in this program take college courses on the FCC campus or online during the day or in the evening. These are college level, credit-bearing courses. Open Campus students receive a discounted tuition rate at FCC.

 

 

        
  
  

 

 

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What is Dual Enrollment: Open Campus?
Open Campus refers to high school students taking college courses on the FCC campus or through the online program at FCC. Courses may be taken on campus during the school day or in the evening.
How do I qualify to take a college course on the FCC campus?
Currently enrolled FCPS high school students with an unweighted cumulative GPA of 2.0 who are college and career ready may consider dual enrollment. Assessment scores (SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, PARCC, and more) determine college and career readiness. Scores required to enroll in college level, credit-bearing courses are: See More
  English Math
ACCUPLACER Reading: 253
Writing: 263
Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics: 263
 
ACT Average score of Reading and Writing tests: 21 21
AP Exam English Lang/Comp or Lit/Comp: 3 or higher Calculus AB or BC: 3 or higher
FCPS Course English 12 Portfolio Algebra II or higher within the past two years: A or B or Intermediate Transitional Algebra experience
PARCC English 10 or 11: 4 or 5 Algebra II or Geometry: 4 or 5
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 480 530
What is the difference between college credit and dual credit?
College credit is awarded upon successful completion of the college course(s). This credit is reflected on the college transcript. Dual credit means that both high school credit and college credit can be earned upon successful completion of a college course. See More
Dual credit is awarded to high school students if the college course meets the curriculum requirements of an approved FCPS high school course. Dual credit is reflected on both the high school transcript and the college transcript.
Can a parent/guardian monitor their student’s progress in the college course?
Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) applies to all students enrolled in college courses, despite the age of the student. See More
Therefore, communication is only between the student and the college. Students are responsible for monitoring their educational progress through their FCC student account and communication with their instructors. A FERPA waiver is available for students as a way to provide parents the right to communicate with FCC.
Is transportation provided for Open Campus courses?
No. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation for Open Campus courses.
How do I enroll in the Open Campus program?
  1. Complete an FCPS Open Campus Dual Enrollment Student Packet provided by your high school and ensure all paperwork is signed by student, parent, and school staff.
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  1. Complete the online application for the College.
  2. Once the FCC student identification number is received, determine the need for placement testing:
    1. If exempt from placement testing, submit proof of the exemption to FCC.
    2. If not exempt, sit for the ACCUPLACER to determine college readiness.
  3. Complete registration for the college course(s). This can be completed online or at Registration & Records at FCC.
  4. Submit a copy of the Application for Dual Enrollment form to FCC Student Accounts to receive the Dual Enrollment tuition discount. 
  5. Pay for your course(s) by the appropriate Drop Zone deadline.
How much does an Open Campus course cost?
For 2019-2020, tuition is $84.38 per credit hour and fees are $28.74 per credit hour. Tuition is 75% of $125 per credit hour, students pay 90% of that 75% rate. Tuition is waived for students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Meals. All students must pay fees. See More
Credits 1 2 3 4
Tuition $84.38 $168.76 $253.14 $337.52
Fees $28.74 $57.48 $86.22 $114.96
Student Pays $113.12 $226.24 $339.36 $452.48
What are a student’s payment options?
Students have the option of making the tuition payment online or on campus and can request a payment plan. A payment plan must be discussed with FCC Student Accounts (301.846.2456).
What FCC resources are available to students if they are dually enrolled?
A dually enrolled high school student can access all resources available to FCC students (Learning Commons; free tutoring at the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, and STEM Learning Center; online databases; online Writing Center).
Does FCC provide accommodations for FCPS students with an IEP or 504 plan?
Dually enrolled students, including both open campus and high school based students, seeking disability accommodations for FCC courses must request services through the FCC Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office. See More

Reasonable accommodations for post-secondary classes are offered to eligible students based on a formal initiation of services request and submission of appropriate disability documentation. Students are required to meet with a disabilities specialist for an intake appointment. This appointment may be scheduled by calling 301.846.2408 or emailing DisablityServices@frederick.edu. More information about disability services is available here.

Take select FCC courses in a specific career track at your FCPS high school or at FCC.
Earn your high school diploma and an industry certification or credential simultaneously.

High school students in this program explore career options and earn industry certifications or credentials by following a specific career track and taking courses either at their high school, on the FCC campus, or at the FCC Monroe Center. The goal of Career Pathways students is to earn an industry certification or credential either before or shortly after high school graduation. Available career programs vary by school; course locations vary by chosen pathway. FCC courses taken for Career Pathways programs will be eligible for discounted tuition.

 

           

 

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What is Dual Enrollment: Career Pathways?
Career Pathways refers to high school students exploring career options and earning industry certifications or credentials at FCC in a variety of in-demand industries.
What makes this program different from other Dual Enrollment opportunities?
Students in the Career Pathways program will take FCC courses in a specific career track either at their high school, on the FCC main campus, or the FCC Monroe Center. Career Pathways students will have the goal of earning an industry certification or credential either before or shortly after high school graduation.
Are the courses taught at my high school or at FCC?
Course location is dependent upon the Career Pathway chosen by the student. Some courses may be taken at the high school, while other courses may take place on the FCC main campus or Monroe Center.
What and where is the FCC Monroe Center?
The Monroe Center is an FCC facility that houses offices, classrooms, and labs for Construction and Building Trades, Healthcare and Wellness, and the Hospitality, Culinary & Tourism Institute, including a commercial kitchen and demonstration restaurant. It is located at 200 Monroe Avenue in Frederick, MD.
What FCC career programs are available for Career Pathways?
Much like the High School Based program, each high school will offer different Career Pathways options depending on student interest and staffing. See More

Career Pathways programs may include: CNA/GNA Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Technician, Sterile Processing, Electrical Letter of Recognition, Electrical Certificate, HVAC Letter of Recognition, HVAC Certificate, Welding Letter of Recognition, Welding Certificate, Veterinary Assistant, and Hospitality, Culinary & Tourism Institute courses.
How much do courses cost for Career Pathways?
Some FCPS courses may fulfill requirements in certain programs for which the student does not have to pay. FCC courses taken for Career Pathways programs will be eligible for discounted tuition.
What FCC resources are available to students if they are dually enrolled?
A dually enrolled high school student can access all resources available to FCC students (Learning Commons; free tutoring at the Tutoring Center, Writing Center, and STEM Learning Center; online databases; online Writing Center).
How do I enroll in the Career Pathways Dual Enrollment program?

  1. Choose a Career Pathway available at your high school that interests you.
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  1. Talk to your school counselor if interested in a particular Career Pathway.
  2. Complete the online application for the College.
  3. Determine the need for placement testing:
    1. If exempt from placement testing, submit proof of the exemption to the point of contact at the high school.
    2. If not exempt, sign and submit the Permission to Test form to the high school and sit for the ACCUPLACER to determine college readiness.
  4. Career Pathways dually enrolled students are not responsible for registering for FCC classes. Registration is completed collaboratively by FCPS and FCC staff.
  5. Pay for your course(s) once you are notified by your high school that you have been registered.
Can I enroll in a Career Pathways program at FCC even if my high school does not offer a CTE completer partnership?
Any FCPS student may enroll in any approved Career Pathways program at FCC as a Dual Enrollment student. See More

Students will be eligible for the Dual Enrollment tuition discount. However, students from high schools without the pathway partnerships may not be eligible to earn high school credit for Career Pathways programs. Please contact your school counselor for more information about high school credits. Current high schools that offer a CTE completer partnership: Frederick High School.
Does FCC provide accommodations for FCPS students with an IEP or 504 plan?
Dually enrolled students seeking disability accommodations for FCC courses must request services through the FCC Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office. Reasonable accommodations for post-secondary classes are offered to eligible students based on a formal initiation of services request and submission of appropriate disability documentation. See More

Students are required to meet with a disabilities specialist for an intake appointment. This appointment may be scheduled by calling 301.846.2408 or emailing disablityservices@frederick.edu. More information about disability services is available at Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office.
 

Graduate with a high school diploma and an FCC associate degree simultaneously.

High school students in the Early College program at FCC have the opportunity to earn an associate degree while still completing high school by attending FCC full-time during their junior and senior years. Similar to traditional full-time undergraduate students, Early College students follow the FCC academic calendar and have the option to take day, evening, online, and weekend courses. Schedules are developed with the Early College Coordinator. Early College students receive a discounted tuition rate at FCC.

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What is Early College at FCC?
Graduates of Early College at FCC will earn an associate degree and high school diploma simultaneously by attending FCC full-time during their junior and senior years. This is a dual enrollment opportunity for Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) high school students, including students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
Why should I sign up for Early College? What are the benefits?
Early College at FCC offers students:
  • Structured guidance to complete an associate degree with a cohort of students
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  • Savings on time and money while completing postsecondary education goals
  • Rigorous coursework in a college campus setting for the last two years of high school
  • An associate degree from FCC and a high school diploma from FCPS in just four years
  • Flexibility to major in most programs offered by FCC
What does a student’s day look like at Early College?
The day of an Early College student will be very similar to the day of a traditional full-time undergraduate student. See More
Early College students follow the FCC academic calendar and most classes occur between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with evening, online, and weekend courses available. Some programs may require coursework during the summer term or January session, at clinical or internship sites, or at the Monroe Center. Early College student schedules will be developed with the student by the Early College Coordinator.

Early College students will spend approximately 15 hours in class over the course of a week and should expect to spend approximately 30 additional hours completing out-of-class work per week. Student schedules may have open blocks of time during the day to complete this work.

All students will have access to FCC facilities including the Learning Commons, STEM Learning Center, and Cougar Grille before and after classes. During their first semester, most Early College students will be enrolled in a cohort section of English 101, designed around a theme of college success.
How do I qualify for Early College at FCC?
To qualify for entry into Early College, by the end of grade 10, students must:
  • Be currently enrolled as a FCPS student*
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  • Complete State Assessment Requirements for High School Graduation (passing scores for PARCC, MISA, HSA, etc.)
  • Meet College and Career Readiness standards for Dual Enrollment. Assessment scores (SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, PARCC, and more) determine college and career readiness. Scores required to enroll in college level, credit-bearing courses are:
  English Math
ACCUPLACER Reading: 263
Writing: 263
Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics: 263
 
ACT Average score of Reading and Writing tests: 21 21
AP Exam English Lang/Comp or Lit/Comp: 3 or higher Calculus AB or BC: 3 or higher
FCPS Course English 12 Portfolio Algebra II or higher within the past two years: A or B or Intermediate Transitional Algebra experience
PARCC English 10 or 11: 4 or 5 Algebra II or Geometry: 4 or 5
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 480 530
  • Have completed a minimum of 16 high school graduation credits
Required: two credits each of high school English, math, science, and social studies, including English 10, Algebra 1, Biology, and Government
Strongly Recommended: Math through Algebra 2; a third high school lab science credit (usually either Chemistry or Environmental Science); completion of fine arts, physical education, health, technology education, financial literacy, and “Completer” (e.g. two years of the same World Language) credits
  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative unweighted GPA (3.0 or higher preferred)
  • Complete an Early College Application Packet and interview process

* Please email the Dual Enrollment Office for questions about other Dual Enrollment opportunities for students not in FCPS.
What is the application and admissions process?
Early College admission applications will be due by spring of a student’s sophomore year. Students who apply will be scheduled for an interview by Early College staff at their high school as part of the application process. Enrollment for fall 2020 (graduation class of 2022) may be limited, based on capacity of Early College staff. All students who meet the above qualifications are welcome to apply.   See More

Applicants are encouraged to review the Early College Interview Prep Tool in the Application Packet to prepare for their face-to-face interview with the Early College staff. Prior to the interview, applicants will have an opportunity to see the questions and take notes to prepare.

Enrollment for Fall 2020 (Graduation Class of 2022) may be limited, based on capacity of Early College staff. All students who meet the above qualifications are welcome to apply.
What are the costs? Is financial aid available?
Below are the estimated tuition and fees for an Early College student for one semester. See More
Credits 15* 16 17 18
Tuition $1280 $1365 $1450 $1535
Fees $420 $450 $480 $510
Student Pays $1700 $1815 $1930 $2045
*Students should expect to enroll in a minimum of 15 credits per semester

Note:
  • Tuition indicated includes a discount (75% of the per-credit-hour rate, of which students pay 90%)
  • Tuition is waived for students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Meals
  • All students must pay fees
  • Books and other materials have an estimated cost of $600 per semester

Early College students are not eligible for financial aid programs accessible only to high school graduates, including: PELL Grants, Maryland Promise Scholarship, and Federal Student Aid, including loans. However, FCC offers a number of tuition and fees payment plans. Students can use Maryland 529 plans to pay for Early College at FCC. Scholarships may be available to cover some of the costs.

Early College students typically save more than $2,000 on their associate degree at FCC.

Tuition and Fees Per Semester:
Early College $1,700
FCC after high school graduation $2,300
University of Maryland College Park $5,300

 
What are the academic and conduct expectations of me as a student?
Prior to the start of the program, Early College students will participate in a mandatory transition course (one college credit) during the summer at FCC.
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Early College students are responsible for their own attendance and there is no required check-in on campus; however, college faculty will share attendance requirements for individual courses.

Students will need to access FCC course websites and will benefit from having a computer and internet access at home. Students without access to a computer or internet at home may utilize FCC open computer labs or the Learning Commons during regular operating hours.

Students in Early College will be held to the same conduct standards as FCC students and FCPS students. Students in violation of these standards may be subject to discipline at either or both institutions.
Will parents/guardians be informed of a student's enrollment in a college course?
Per the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), all communication from the college will be addressed to the student. See More
It is the responsibility of students to share all information with their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians are encouraged to be actively involved in the registration process with their child each semester and speak with their child about course progress.
What if I am unsuccessful or want to withdraw?
Early College academic progress standards are designed to protect students from delayed high school graduation. See More
Students who do not demonstrate appropriate academic progress will be dismissed from Early College and will return to their home high school. These students will continue to be eligible to take Open Campus and High School Based Dual Enrollment courses and may apply to become traditional FCC students following high school graduation. Students may also elect to withdraw from the program, in consultation with the Early College coordinator.
Will transportation be provided?
Transportation will not be provided. Students and families should consider how they will provide consistent transportation for Early College. See More
If transportation is a significant barrier for participation in Early College, applicants should contact the FCC Dual Enrollment office for assistance.

Note: The FCC main campus is on the city bus route and located near the FCPS Career and Technology Center (CTC).
Can I participate in extracurricular activities at my home high school and at FCC?
Students are dually enrolled at both their home FCPS high school and at FCC. As such, students can access clubs and extracurricular programs at either institution (with the exception of FCC athletic teams). See More
However, individual college schedules may not accommodate FCPS extracurricular events as readily as the home high school would. Students need to consider the level of involvement with any extracurricular program and their ability to balance activities with Early College academic demands.
Does FCC provide accommodations for FCPS students with an IEP or 504 plan?
Dually enrolled students seeking disability accommodations for FCC courses must request services through the FCC Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office. Accommodations at FCC may not be the same as those provided by FCPS. See More

Reasonable accommodations for post-secondary classes are offered to eligible students based on a formal initiation of services request and submission of appropriate disability documentation. Students are required to meet with a disabilities specialist for an intake appointment. This appointment may be scheduled by calling 301.846.2408 or emailing disablityservices@frederick.edu. More information about disability services is available at  Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office.


 

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Program Benefits
High School Based
Open Campus
Career Pathways
Early College
Broad course offerings
Classes held at FCC main campus or Monroe Center
Classes held at the high school
Classes offered during regular school day
Experience of a college campus
Flexible course times
Discounted tuition
No textbook costs
Online course options
Opportunity to earn an associate degree by high school graduation
Opportunity to earn an industry credential or certificate by high school graduation
Preparation for a job in an in-demand industry
 
Program Requirements
High School Based
Open Campus
Career Pathways
Early College
Apply to FCC
Complete FCPS enrollment paperwork
Follow all FCC policies and procedures
Follow all FCPS policies and procedures
Pay for courses
Schedule courses through high school counseling center
Schedule courses with FCC advisor or online
Summer college transition course
Take Accuplacer test or meet exemption requirements
Travel to FCC main campus or Monroe Center



Placement Test Exemption Scores



  English Math
ACCUPLACER Reading: 253
Writing: 263
Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics: 263
ACT Average score of Reading and Writing Tests: 21 21
AP Exam English Lang/Comp or Lit/Comp: 3 or higher Calculus AB or BC: 3 or higher
FCPS Course English 12 Portfolio Algebra II or higher within the past two years: A or B or Intermediate Transitional Algebra experience
PARCC English 10 or 11: 4 or 5 Algebra II or Geometry: 4 or 5
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing: 480 530

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If you have questions about any of our offerings or wish to enroll, please reach out to your school counselor, email us, or contact one of our Dual Enrollment staff members. We look forward to hearing from you!

Beth Duffy
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240.629.7886
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FCC Dual Enrollment Specialist
301.624.2893
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FCPS Coordinator for Dual Enrollment
301.696.6879