COUNSELING FORM FOR POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS
Any student in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade may enroll in a post-secondary program providing he/she meets the requirements established by the law and by the District. Tuition support is only given to eligible students who fulfill the requirements of the law (Post-secondary Enrollment Options Act 160 of 1996) and the Ubly Community School District.
Students enroll in postsecondary courses for a variety of reasons. Some want to get a head start on general education requirements for college, some want to be challenged at a higher level, and some want to take courses that are not available through his/her high school. Whatever the reason, the students need to know there are benefits, risks, and consequences to enrolling in postsecondary courses. Students must also be aware that postsecondary courses are not for everyone. The college recommended GPA is a minimum of 2.5 and the student is expected to perform college level work. Dual enrollment does not meet every student’s needs and it is not always the best choice. Consultation with the student’s counselor is always recommended to be sure the choice is in the student’s best interest.
- The student will be working towards a postsecondary degree while still in high school.
- The student will be able to take more challenging classes.
- The student will hae the ability to take classes not offered by the high school.
- The student will hae the option of college credit, high school credit, or both.
- Ubly School will pay a portion of the cost for the course for eligible students.
- The student may fail the class or not do well in the class.
- Not all classes will transfer to other colleges. The receiving institution has the authority to decide which classes will transfer. It is the responsibility of the student to determine this and students are encouraged to check on transferability before registering for the course.
- If taking a course for high school credit, not all colleges will accept it as college credit.
- If taking a course as high school credit, the course will appear on the student’s transcript with the grade from the course and will affect the GPA. All Dual Enrollment courses are calculated using a 5.0 grading scale.
- If a student needs to withdraw from a course, he/she will need to drop within the drop and add period or lose the money. Any money Ubly School has paid to the postsecondary institution will be reimbursed to the Ubly School by the student.
- All courses, grades, and colleges attended must be reported to postsecondary institutions upon applying.
- A student is held to all college attendance requirements and assignments.
- Evening classes may interfere with high school activities.
- A student electing to dual enroll will need to take a reduced schedule – one hour of reduced schedule for each course taken.
- The student must designate high school or college credit desires before taking a course. Once designated, a student cannot change that course designation.
- If a student is not taking a course for high school credit, the course may appear on the transcript as Dual Enrollment with no grade or high school credit attached to it, upon written request.
- Any problems with a course or institution should be handled with the institution, not Ubly School.
- Dual enrollment students are not held by pre-requisites for many classes; however, students need to know that they will be expected to have the prior knowledge needed for the course.
- Student is responsible for knowing refund and withdrawal policies of the postsecondary institution.
- Class availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority may be given to students currently enrolled at the postsecondary institution.
- Students should complete all paperwork promptly to secure a seat in a dual enrollment course. Many students are disappointed/frustrated when courses are full. Students can avoid this by registering/enrolling in a timely manner.
Students have the right and are encouraged to seek additional counseling and services through the postsecondary institution - tutoring, financial aid, etc.
A student must be enrolled in at least one high school class in grades 9-12 at Ubly High School. Students must achieve state endorsements or a qualifying score on the Michigan Merit Exam or readiness assessment. Students who anticipate enrolling in a post-secondary class during high school must take the PLAN Test, PSAT Test, ACT Test or SAT Test in the semester prior to dual enrolling and meet qualifying scores. Students must provide the school with a letter from their parents stating the intent to dual enroll.
Assessment Test Section Minimal Dual Enrollment Qualifying Score
ACT MATHEMATICS 22
MME ELA 2100
SOCIAL STUDIES 2100
PSAT 8/9/10/11 CRITICAL READING 460
SAT CRITICAL READING 480
An eligible course is a course offered by an eligible post-secondary institution, that is not offered by Ubly High School, or that is offered by the school district, but is determined by the school to not be available to the eligible student because of a scheduling conflict beyond the student’s control. The course must be an academic course offered for credit that the post-secondary institution normally applies toward satisfaction of degree requirements. The course is not eligible if it is a hobby craft or recreational course, or a course in physical education, theology, divinity, or religious education. Spring/Summer courses may be eligible. Students may enroll in up to 10 courses during grades 9-12. The number of courses a student can take is based upon what grade a student is in whey they first dual enroll.
Grade 9 – not more than two courses each year for the first three years they participate and four in their fourth year of participation.
Grade 10 – not more than two courses the first year, and not more than four courses during the second and third academic years of participation.
Grade 11 or 12 – not more than six courses during either grade 11 or grade 12, but not more than a maximum of 10 with the two years combined.
Students may receive academic credit for high school, college, or both. At the time an eligible student enrolls in a post-secondary course under this act, he or she shall designate whether the course is for high school or post-secondary credit, or both, and shall notify both his or her high school and the post-secondary institution of that designation. An eligible student taking more than one course under this act may make different credit designations for different courses. The amount of high school credit granted shall be determined by the school district. Ubly High School will grant .5 credit for all dual enrollment courses that meet eligibility requirements. Evidence of successful completion of each course and high school credits granted shall be included in the student’s high school record. The high school credits granted to an eligible student under this act shall be counted toward the graduation requirements and the appropriate subject area requirements of the school district, if applicable. Students must be aware of Ubly High School’s graduation requirements and the effect of dual enrolling on those requirements. Appropriate dual enrollment courses should be taken to ensure high school graduation requirements are met. Upon request of an eligible student, his or her high school record and transcript shall also include evidence of successful completion and postsecondary credits granted for a course taken for postsecondary credit – indicating that the credits were earned at an eligible postsecondary institution and identify that postsecondary institution. All dual enrollment courses are calculated on a 5.0 grading scale.
Tuition, mandatory course fees, and registration fees are eligible charges. Books and transportation expenses are not eligible charges. This act does not require a school district to pay or otherwise provide financial support for transportation or parking costs necessary for an eligible student to participate in postsecondary enrollment under this act. A school district is not liable for any injury incurred by an eligible student that is related to transportation necessary for the eligible student to participate in postsecondary enrollment under this act.
Ubly Community Schools will provide support and tuition assistance based on a formula developed by the State of Michigan. Ubly School will instruct the postsecondary institution as to the amount the district will pay. The payment will be made directly to the postsecondary institution upon billing. The eligible student is responsible for payment of the remainder of costs associated with his or her post-secondary enrollment that exceeds the amount the school district is required to pay under this law. The student will need to check their postsecondary student account or contact the postsecondary institution for payment/balance information. The postsecondary institution may or may not bill the student. Each college has its own policy regarding dual enrollment payment and method for notifying students of outstanding bills. This is the student’s responsibility to know these procedures. Students are eligible for payment if they meet the requirements laid forth in this document.
There are consequences of failing or not completing a course, which include repayment to the school, failure must be reported to any colleges the student is applying to, and if designated as high school credit, it will be reflected on the high school transcript. Failure of a required course may also affect high school graduation.
Students electing to enroll in post-secondary courses will be required to take a reduced schedule. Students must reduce their schedule by one hour for each course taken. (i.e., student takes 1 dual enrollment course plus 6 courses at Ubly High School equal to a 7 hour schedule.)
Students are expected to perform to the level of a college student both socially and academically and will adhere to the policies of the post-secondary institution.
Verification of attendance at the postsecondary institution may be required by Ubly Community Schools.
Registration of Courses
Students must have dual enrollment approved by Ubly Community School before beginning the registration process. It is the responsibility of the student to locate the college and types of courses they want to take. Students must apply to the college before registration. Application forms can be picked up in the counseling office or found on-line. (Colleges have a special application for dual enrollment students, so make sure you are requesting and completing the correct application.) Once a student has finalized the college and courses, it is their responsibility to register for any college courses. Registration for Fall Classes typically begins in mid-March. Registration for Winter Classes typically begins in early November.
Dual enrollment will not be processed until all forms are complete and returned to the counseling center.