Dual Enrollment (DE) permits high school students to start earning college credit while in high school. Special DE classes are held at the high school during the regular high school day to qualified high school students, who meet the eligibility requirements and academic prerequisites, register properly and pay tuition and fees.
Several Pinal County high schools partner with Central Arizona College by offering Dual Enrollment classes. Students should please ask their high school guidance counselor if DE classes are available at their high school.
While there are advantages to getting a jump start on higher education, students and parents should seriously consider college class expectations. Grades posted to a college transcript will follow the student for life and will affect future opportunities for employment, financial aid, and academics.
High School Students
How do I know if I qualify to take a Dual Enrollment course?
Students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school may be eligible for a dual enrollment class. Students can work with their high school guidance counselors for placement.
How much does a Dual Enrollment class cost?
Tuition is $86 per credit hour*, based on legal residency status. Most classes are 3 credits, but math and science are 4 credits. *Arizona in-state residency guidelines do apply for tuition rates.
What are the benefits of taking Dual Enrollment Courses?
Students can earn college and high school credit simultaneously
Obtain college credits, during your normal school day at your local high school
Transferrable credits to all three public universities in AZ.
Save money on college tuition and text books
Get a jump start on your college education
What is the difference between Early College and Dual Enrollment?
Traditional CAC Dual Enrollment programming is offered to students on their high school campus, during their normal school day, and during their high school class schedule. A high school instructor who has been approved by CAC to teach a college level course at your high school typically teaches Dual Enrollment courses. Dual Enrollment students are responsible for tuition and books or your high school may arrange to assist with course expenses.
Early College programming provides access to CAC classes for Pinal County high school juniors and seniors to take. Courses are offered through various modalities through your local CAC campus. The Early College program allows for a 5-credit tuition waive per semester, for those who meet program eligibility requirements.
How do I get started?
Students will need to start by completing an admissions application, registration form, and dual enrollment form:
Who do I contact if I have questions about Dual Enrollment?
You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Central Arizona College Recruitment office at 520-494-5111. A staff member will answer your question(s) or you can leave a message and someone will call you back.
Students should also ask their high school counselor if there are dual enrollment classes offered at their school.
Dual Enrollment Partnerships
CAC has partnerships with many high schools throughout Pinal County. If you are interested in partnering with CAC, please submit your request using the form below:
Instructors who are interested in teaching a dual enrollment class must meet the following minimum requirements:
•Master’s degree in the discipline or subfield or
•Master’s degree in any field with 18 graduate semester hours in the discipline or subfield or
•In disciplines where a master’s degree is not offered and the doctorate is the terminal degree, or where the candidate has opted not to receive a master’s degree during the course of study for the doctorate degree as a terminal degree, or where all but the dissertations (ABD) of a doctorate degree has been obtained, 24 graduate semester hours in the discipline or subfield are required.
If you think you meet the requirements, you can find the Dual Enrollment application, along with a full list of requirements below: