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What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual Enrollment: Michigan Public Act 160 Post-Secondary Enrollment Options ACT
In 1996 the Michigan State Legislature passed Public Act 160, the Post-secondary Enrollment Options Act or "Dual Enrollment Bill." The bill modifies and expands on Provisions of the State School Aid Act providing for the participation of eligible high school students in dual enrollment or post-secondary enrollment options. The bill also requires that the board of a school district or public school ensure that each student in eighth grade or higher be given information about college level equivalent or Advanced Placement courses. The college classes that students are eligible for must not be offered by the high school and must lead toward accreditation, certificate and/or licensing.
Purpose of This Act
The purpose of this act is to provide a wider variety of options to high school pupils by encouraging and enabling qualified pupils to enroll in courses or programs at eligible post-secondary institutions.
Benefits of Dual Enrollment
This opportunity is for students that have demonstrated a strong academic performance in high school and are prepared to do college work. Other benefits include:
School districts are required to pay the lesser of:
The act does not require a school district to pay or otherwise provide financial support for books, transportation, or parking costs necessary for participation. The approximate cost for books is $40.00 - $100.00 per class. After you have enrolled in class, check with the instructor before purchasing books. Book fees can be reimbursed at the end of the semester if funds allow.
How are classes paid for?
The South Haven school district is responsible by law to pay tuition and fees for our students' college credit up to 1/6 of 1/2 of the annual state foundation weighted average. The amount is based off of state budgets and changes from school year to school year. For the current 2017-2018 school year SHPS can pay $641.17 per college class. The amounts for the 2018-2019 school year are not yet available.
Lake Michigan College charges tuition based on the CONTACT hours and residency. If you are a South Haven Public School student, you qualify for In-District rates from LMC.
Any amount per class, over the calculated amount above is the responsibility of the students/parents/guardians. LMC requires the class be paid in full at the start of the semester. Therefore, if the amount due for a particular class is over the SHPS estimated amount, please submit a check or money order payable to South Haven Public Schools with your registration form. Any amount per class over the calculated amount above is the responsibility of the students/parents/guardians and must be submitted to the high school before course registrations can be submitted.
If, when the state budget is finalized and the district is provided an updated state weighted average foundation allowance (for the calculation noted above), it is determined that a student/parent/guardian has overpaid, a refund will be issues from the district. Or, if balance is due, a bill will be issued.
Further questions about how classes are paid for can be directed to Carol Stricklin at the Business Office at 269-637-0526
How do I dual enroll?
Step 1: Make sure you have qualifying test scores on file with your counselor
Step 2: Meet with your counselor
Step 3: Return completed registration form to your counselor
For more information, click here to read through the Frequently Asked Questions.