Guide to Online Dual Enrollment with Michigan Virtual 

Introduction

If you are a student or parent/guardian interested in our online dual enrollment courses with St. Clair County Community College (SC4), then this guide will help you determine whether or not you are eligible for these courses and provide next steps to help you proceed with the enrollment process.

Due to specific rules for dual enrollment eligibility, you will not be able to enroll in these courses without the help of your guidance counselor (or whoever at your school serves as the “Affiliation User” in our Student Learning Portal).

We recommend that you share this guide with your high school guidance counselor or high school administration, so they can help assist you with the enrollment process and ensure that you have met all requirements.

State of Michigan Dual Enrollment Policies

The PostSecondary Enrollment Opportunities Act

Eligible students in 9th-12th grades have the legal right in Michigan to dual enroll in college courses from eligible postsecondary institutions (i.e., community colleges and non-profit colleges and universities located in Michigan which choose to comply with the PostSecondary Enrollment Opportunities Act).

Eligible students may enroll in up to 10 eligible courses from such institutions at the expense of the school (for public school students) or the Michigan Department of Treasury (for nonpublic school students).

The law states that districts and public school academies shall use funds allocated under the State School Aid Act to support eligible pupils in their pursuit of enrollment opportunities in postsecondary institutions. Thus, districts and public school academies must comply with the pupil’s request for postsecondary enrollment if the pupil, course, and institution are eligible under this Act.

Student Eligibility

In order to be eligible for dual enrollment courses in Michigan, students must:

  • Be enrolled in at least one high school class in a school district, public school academy, or state-approved nonpublic school in Michigan.
  • Have at least one parent or legal guardian that is a resident of Michigan (unless the student is experiencing homelessness).
  • Not have been enrolled in high school for more than four school years (unless one of the exceptions provided for in administrative rule has been satisfied).

Exceptions include:

  • Excludes foreign exchange pupils enrolled under a cultural exchange program (J-1 Visa).
  • Homeschooled students cannot enroll directly with a postsecondary institution and then coordinate with their local public school district for dual enrollment.  Homeschooled pupils are required to enroll in at least 1 course with a public or state-approved nonpublic school, then dual enroll through that school to be considered an eligible student under this Act and have eligible charges covered.

NOTE: Districts may only use the eligibility criteria outlined in state law and may not establish additional requirements (e.g., minimum GPA, grade level, etc.) which would prohibit a pupil from satisfying or exceeding the credit requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum through advanced studies such as advanced placement courses, dual enrollment in a postsecondary institution, participation in the IB program or early or middle college high school programs.

Number of Courses Allowed Per Pupil Per Year

According to the State of Michigan, eligible students may take up to 10 dual enrollment courses. The number of courses a student is eligible to take per year under this law is dependent on when they begin taking dual enrollment courses:

  • Starting in 9th grade: If a student begins dual enrollment in 9th grade, they can take up to two courses per year in 9th-11th grades and up to four courses in 12th grade.
  • Starting in 10th grade: If a student begins dual enrollment in 10th grade, they can take up to two courses in 10th grade and up to four courses each in 11th and 12th grades.
  • Starting in 11th and 12th grade: If a student begins dual enrollment in 11th or 12th grade, they can take up to six courses per year.

Eligible Charges

  • Charges covered under the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act include:
    • Tuition, mandatory course fees, materials fees (including textbooks required for a course), and registration fees required by the postsecondary institution for enrollment in a course.
    • Any late fees charged by a postsecondary institution as a result of the State or a school district not making the required payment in time (according to this Act).
  • Transportation fees, parking costs, and activity fees are NOT eligible charges.
  • NOTE: For a district that receives funding through state aid, the district is not required to provide more tuition support under this act than what is received by the district through state aid for the student for the school year

Learn more about Michigan’s dual enrollment policies → 

Course Offerings & Syllabi

In Fall 2019, we will be offering 12 online dual enrollment courses from St. Clair County Community College (SC4) (September 16 – December 13, 2019).

NOTE: This list is subject to change from one semester to another.

You can find the public URLs for each syllabus below:

Tuition & Fees

Examples of SC4 Tuition and Fees for 2019

Students are responsible for all tuition and fees, books/supplies, and fees the school or school district does not pay; this includes the non-refundable student fee for dropped courses. A high school may hold the student responsible for reimbursement of tuition and fees should the student fail a course(s) for which the school district paid.

NOTE: Michigan Virtual will invoice the school after the enrollment/drop window closes (Fall 2019 enrollment ends September 20, 2019).

Schools will remit payment to Michigan Virtual, and Michigan Virtual will transmit such payments to SC4. SC4 has authorized us to facilitate enrollment and billing on their behalf.

If the dual enrollees are from state-approved nonpublic schools, then Michigan Virtual WILL bill MDE, and MDE will authorize payment through the Michigan Department of Treasury directly to SC4.

Enrolling in Online Dual Enrollment Courses

Due to specific rules for dual enrollment eligibility, you will not be able to enroll in these courses without the help of your guidance counselor (or whoever at your school serves as the “Affiliation User” in our Student Learning Portal).

We recommend that you share this guide with your high school guidance counselor or high school administration, so they can help assist you with the enrollment process and ensure that you have met all requirements.

Unfortunately, our dual enrollment courses are not available to homeschool enrollees or able to be completed from direct enrollment from a parent/guardian account.

If the Affiliation User at your school has any questions about how to enroll a student in these courses, you can refer them to our “SLP: Affiliation User FAQs.”

Because St. Clair County Community College accepts the SAT as qualifying scores for dual enrollment eligibility, the Affiliation User will also need upload the student’s SAT scores to our SLP. If a student has not taken the SAT, then they may upload the student’s high school transcript to the SLP instead.

If the Affiliation User at your school has any questions about how to do this, they can refer to this guide to uploading files to student account in the SLP.

Additional Admission Requirements

After registering for your online dual enrollment course, there are still a few things you will need to in order to complete your application to St. Clair County Community College (SC4) for online dual enrollment.

Upon registering for a dual enrollment course in Michigan Virtual’s Student Learning Portal, you will receive an email instructing you to:

  • Submit responses to a webform indicating acknowledgment and consent to St. Clair County Community College (SC4) terms and conditions for dual enrollment
  • Coordinate with their high school to have their SAT reports and/or high school transcripts uploaded to their student account in the SLP;
  • Review the prerequisites, additional costs, and technical requirements listed in the course syllabus in order to ensure that you have all necessary materials prior to starting your course.

SC4 will communicate directly with the student to send an acceptance letter and information on accessing the SC4 Portal, a college email account, and the online course content. NOTE: Both the courses and instructors are provided by SC4

Terms & Conditions 

  1. Start Dates & Deadline: Dual enrollment courses follow unique start, end and withdrawal dates for St. Clair County Community College (SC4)’s academic calendar for 12-week courses.
  2. Tuition & Fees: You are consenting to pay the SC4 in-district tuition and fees for the course(s) selected. Michigan Virtual will send an invoice for eligible charges following the enrollment/withdrawal date of each term.
  3. Textbooks & Materials: Students or their enrolling schools are responsible to purchase the required textbook and materials listed in the syllabus.
  4. Drop & Withdrawal Policies: Enrollments that are dropped no later than 5 school business days after the course start date are subject to a full refund. Withdrawals after the enrollment add/drop date will be charged the full cost of the course to cover licensed material and instructor costs. For SC4’s academic calendar, please click here.
  5. Qualifying Scores: SC4 accepts the SAT as qualifying scores for dual enrollment eligibility. If a student has not taken the SAT, then SC4 will evaluate the student’s high school transcript to determine college readiness. Upload the student’s SAT report and/or high school transcript to Michigan Virtual’s Student Learning Portal (SLP) [Guide to uploading files to student account in the SLP].
  6. Eligibility: Dual enrollment courses are limited to students attending public or private schools in the State of Michigan. Nonresident or homeschooled students are not eligible to dual enroll.
  7. Grade Submission: SC4 will transmit a student’s grades electronically or by mail via Michigan Virtual. Dual enrollment scores will not appear in the SLP.
  8. Online Webform: Students must complete the online webform linked in their registration email before the enrollment will be confirmed.
  9. Acceptance Notification: SC4 will contact the student directly with an acceptance letter and information on accessing the SC4 Portal, a college email account, and the online course content.

Michigan Transfer Agreement Policies

Because 11 of the 12 college courses we offer meet the requirements of the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), students may be able to transfer the credits they earn from taking these online courses to any post-secondary institution within Michigan.

In order to fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement, students must successfully complete at least 30 credits of coursework in the following six areas with at least a grade of 2.0 in each course. Below you can see which parts of the MTA can be fulfilled by taking our online dual enrollment courses:

  • One course in English Composition
    Can be fulfilled by ENG 101
  • A second course in English Composition or one course in Communications
  • Two courses in Social Sciences (from two disciplines)
    Can be fulfilled by taking two of the following HIS 150, PS 101, PSY 180, or SOC 101
  • Two courses in Humanities and Fine Arts (from two disciplines excluding studio and performance classes)
    Can be fulfilled by taking both ART 120 AND either HIS 101 or HIS 102
  • Two courses in Natural Sciences including one with laboratory experience (from two disciplines)
  • One course in Mathematics that should be satisfied by an entry-level college course.
    Can be fulfilled by taking one of the following MTH 104, MTH 113, or MTH 120

* Additional coursework may be necessary to satisfy the 30 credit hour requirement.
Can be fulfilled by taking additional social sciences, humanities, and mathematics courses not applied to the requirements listed above

While it is not currently possible for a student to complete ALL 30 required MTA credits by exclusively taking our online dual enrollment courses, we are working with St. Clair County Community College (SC4) to expand our offerings with the hope that this will be possible in the near future.

NOTE: While a student is not guaranteed by law to have their courses transfer between institutions without following the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) guidelines, individual colleges and universities may still choose to award credits for college-level courses upon transfer.

Most schools willingly review and award transfer credit for college courses completed at another postsecondary institution.

Learn more about the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) →

 

St. Clair County Community College (SC4) Contact Information

When it comes time to send your transcripts, you can send them to the SC4 Registrar’s Office at:

St. Clair County Community College
Attn: Registrar
323 Erie Street P.O. Box 5015
Port Huron  MI 48061-5015

Additionally, there may be some questions you have for which you will need to speak directly to a representative at St. Clair County Community College.

If you have a question about your class schedule or confirming your registration, please contact SC4’s Student Services Center by phone at (810) 984-3881

If you have a question about the textbooks and materials needed for your SC4 course, please visit the SC4 Bookstore’s website or call the Bookstore by phone at (810) 989-5725.

If your school district is not covering all of your tuition and fees above what is minimally required out of state per pupil funding and you require financial aid, you can contact SC4’s Financial Aid Office by phone at  (810) 989-5530.

If you need to request disability services or accommodations, you can contact SC4’s Achievement Center by phone at (810) 989-5759.

If you have a question about your Authorization to Disclose Non-Directory Information form or requesting FERPA waivers for parent access to student data, please contact cbearss@sc4.edu at the Registrar’s Office.

 

Resources for High School Guidance Counselors

For high school guidance counselors with students interested in our dual enrollment courses, St. Clair County Community College has created an informational page for high school guidance counselors that may be helpful!

Last updated on July 17, 2019

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