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Public Act 160/ Dual Enrollment

Effective April 1, 1996, Public Act 160 created the post secondary enrollment Options Act, commonly referred to as dual enrollment. This law directs school districts to assist students in paying tuition and fees for courses at Michigan public or private colleges or universities, if all of the following conditions are met:

1. Students in grades 9 through 12 may take up to ten postsecondary courses. 
2. Students can qualify for dual enrollment by taking one of the following assessments: PSAT, PLAN, EXPLORE ACT, or SAT. 
The following table shows the complete list of scores that help to qualify students for dual enrollment:

Assessment

Test Section

Content Area

Minimum Dual Enrollment Qualifying Score

PSAT

Critical Reading

Reading

42

 

Writing Skills

Writing

42

 

Mathematics

Mathematics

44

SAT

Mathematics

Mathematics

500

 

Reading

Reading

500

 

Writing

Writing

500

     

 

ACT

Mathematics

Mathematics

22

 

Reading

Reading

22

 

Science

Science

23

 

English

English

18

 

     

 

Additionally, according to P.A. 160, eligible students may take courses for which there are no endorsements, such as computer science, foreign language, history, political science or psychology, as long as they have taken all sections for the MME, ACTPLAN, ACT, SAT or College Board PSAT. State endorsement is not required in any specific area for this participation.

3. Students must be enrolled in both the school district and post secondary institution during the local school district's regular academic year and must be enrolled in at least one high school class.

4. The district must not offer the college courses. An exception to this could occur if the local board of education determines that a scheduling conflict exists, which is beyond the student's control.

5. The college courses cannot be a hobby, craft, or recreation course, or in the subject areas of physical education, theology, divinity, or religious education.

6. School districts are required to pay the lesser of:

    a. The actual charge for tuition, mandatory course fees, materials fees and registration fees;   or

    b. that state portion of the students' foundation allowance, adjusted to the proportion of the school year they attend the post secondary institution.

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