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Enroll in college while you’re still in high school and you’ll be steps ahead toward your degree. “Concurrent enrollment” means college classes, taught by college instructors, and attended by other college students. The only difference between you and your fellow students is that you’re still working on your high school diploma.
To get started, you need to start your application and get permission from your parents and high school. If you have questions at any time, contact the Office of Student Services at 760.366.3791 or email Nicole Virtue.
Starting Your Concurrent Enrollment
- Print, complete, and turn in the K-12 Concurrent Enrollment Application.
- Create an account and apply to the college online.
- Apply for financial aid. Our school code is 035424.
- Once your application is received, you’ll receive emails with your student ID number and your MyCMC account information. On MyCMC, complete the Student Orientation process by clicking the link at the top of the page.
- At least one week before semester starts: Get your forms, transcripts, and new student process completed.
- Register for classes.
Concurrent vs. Dual Enrollment
Concurrent: College classes. You take classes at the college; they are taught by college instructors. Fellow students are college students. You can select any course where you meet the prerequisites.
Dual: College-level classes. You take classes at your high school; they are taught by high school teachers. Fellow students are high school students. You can select any course offered at your high school.
Concurrent: You pay $46/unit plus $5 student fee. You may file for financial aid (FAFSA or CADAA) to see if you qualify for a tuition waiver, which means you do not pay enrollment fees.
Dual: No direct cost to you. It’s considered part of your high school enrollment.
Concurrent: Apply to CMC and complete orientation. You also need signatures from a parent and your high school principal or counselor. You don’t need to develop a First-Year Plan.
Dual: Counselor invites you. Then, you apply to CMC and complete orientation.
Concurrent: You buy the books each course needs.
Dual: Books are provided, just as they are for high school classes.
Concurrent: Register via email or on-campus.
Dual: Your high school sends us class rosters. We complete your registration.
Concurrent: Grades sent to your high school for your record.
Dual: Grades appear on your high school record.
Both: Part of your permanent college record. Completed courses will transfer to any college or university.
What You Need to Know
Parents Need Student Permission
Under federal law, your parents can’t access your college-level academic records without you saying so. To give them permission, you just need to fill out a Release of Information form at the beginning of each semester.
Your Next Semester Is Not Guaranteed
Your concurrent enrollment is not continuous. To continue your education, you are going to have to be approved each semester and maintain a GPA of 2.00 or above.
You Can’t Take All the Classes
If you’re attending CMC under concurrent enrollment, there are a few classes you won’t be able to take. These classes are:
- ENG-050, ENG-051
- RDG-050, RDG-051, RDG-055
- MATH-057, MATH-050, and MATH-040
- Physical Education activity classes (PE)
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Developmental Education (Dev Ed)
Classes Fill Up—It’s On You
Submit your class request as soon as possible; if you wait until the last minute, your course could fill up and it won’t be available anymore.
Before anything, make sure you meet the prerequisites for any course you want to enroll in. If you don’t, you won’t be able to enroll in the class.
If a class is offered every semester, you can submit your class request before the schedule comes out for the next semester. Some classes aren’t available for concurrent enrollment (as explained above).
Double check everything with your counselor to make sure everything is in order before you submit your classes. It never hurts to make sure everything is in order.
Bottom Line: It’s College
Concurrent enrollment is for high school students who are “ready for advanced work.” You take on more responsibility for your schedule, for planning, and for following through. You’ll be approved for courses that are part of an associate degree program, if you meet the requirements and the prerequisites.