Parent FAQs

Parent FAQs

Read our Dual Enrollment FAQs to find out what you need to know about the costs and benefits of the program, tuition assistance, how to sign up, and more!

Parent FAQs

Dual Enrollment is an opportunity for eligible high school students to earn lower-division college credit during their regular high school classes. The credits students earn through Dual Enrollment are treated the same as regular college credit (i.e. they can be transferred to other Maricopa Community Colleges, Arizona’s state universities, and even some out-of-state colleges). Students will be establishing a college academic record and will be required to report such enrollment to future colleges or universities.​

Dual Enrollment isn’t the same as AP credit. A student can spend the whole year in an AP class, but receiving college credit is dependent upon earning an adequate score on the AP test at the end of the year. The requirements to get college credit on these tests are sometimes higher than what the student may expect. Dual Enrollment classes are based on the grade the student receives in the class; if they pass (usually with a grade of C or better), they get college credit.​

Dual Enrollment classes meet at the high school during the regular high school day and are taught by college-certified high school instructors using a college curriculum and textbook. The high school agrees to accept these courses toward a student’s high school completion if needed. Concurrent enrollment classes meet at the college or online and are not affiliated with high schools. Students need prior approval from their high school counselor if they want these college courses to help satisfy high school requirements.​

  • Credit is based on the grade received in the class, not on one test taken at the end of the year.
  • Books are provided by the high school, so Dual Enrollment students have the benefit of not having to spend hundreds of dollars on textbooks each semester.
  • Community college tuition rates are much lower than state universities’ tuition rates. Dual Enrollment students pay roughly one-third the tuition they would pay at a state university. For parents planning on paying for their child’s college tuition, this can be a huge help.
  • Students can start college with several credits already completed, with a semester or even a whole year of credits completed before even starting their freshman year. This allows the student to focus more on their college major, explore other interesting disciplines, or even graduate early.
  • Since the college credit from Dual Enrollment comes with a grade, students can start college with an already well-established GPA.
  • These challenging courses enhance high-level thinking skills, which prepare students for college/university classes.

Dual Enrollment students must be attending one of the participating high schools and meet the prerequisite criteria for the course or have a qualifying placement score by taking an appropriate assessment test. Classes with no prerequisites require students to qualify for college admissions.​

The in-county tuition rate is $97 per credit hour. There are additional charges for students classified as out-of-state. There also is a $15 registration fee once per semester for each community college through which the student does Dual Enrollment. (Tuition is subject to change.)​ For example, a 3-credit college class will cost $306.

Please visit Dual Enrollment and refer to the registration steps listed for first-time and returning dual enrollment students.

Please view the prerequisites required for your student’s classes on their high school's class list to determine which EdReady test they need to take. EdReady tests are taken online. If your student doesn’t get the score they need, or they want to increase their score, they can work through the study plan provided. For more information on EdReady, please refer to the Student Quick Start Guide linked on the EdReady home page.

In accordance with ARS 15-1821.01 and 15-1805.01, any student under eighteen years of age may be granted admission to Chandler-Gilbert Community College, if the student meets the prerequisites for the dual enrollment course AND meets one of the following:
(a) A composite score of 720 or more on the PSAT.
(b) A composite score of 720 or more on the SAT.
(c) A composite score of 12 or more on the ACT.
(d) A passing score on the relevant portions of the statewide assessment.
(e) The completion of a college placement method designated by the community college district that indicates the student is at the appropriate college level for the course. Such as unweighted, cumulative GPA for Junior and Senior students or the EdReady College Reading test for Freshmen and Sophomore students.

Please refer to your student’s high school class list to view the college prerequisites required for the courses they wish to enroll in. If they don’t meet the college prerequisites, they will be ineligible to enroll in the class for dual credit. Please note, college prerequisites required for courses are subject to change.

Tuition assistance is a Maricopa Community Colleges Grant program available for students based on financial need. Funding is limited and awarded on a first-come first served basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. At the end of each school year, applications will become available for the upcoming school year and must be submitted by August 31st for consideration. The Maricopa Grant may cover up to 12 credit hours per school year (8 in the fall and 4 in the spring). Students must register for fall and spring classes in the fall. If students are enrolled in additional credits not covered by tuition assistance, it is their/their parent’s responsibility to pay for any remaining tuition and fees. Students only need to submit the application once for consideration for the school year (fall/spring). They do not need to re-apply in the spring. Tuition Assistance funding varies year to year and award amount is based on available funds.

Payment is due at the time of enrollment and is made directly to Chandler-Gilbert Community College. If payment is not made by the final due date, the student will be dropped from their class(es) without notice. If they withdraw after the refund deadline, they will still owe a debt to the college and they will receive a grade of "W" on their transcript.

Payment can be made in the following ways:

  • Online: Log into their Student Center at Click on Financial Account and select “Make a Payment” from the left navigation. Pay in full or set up a payment plan. Payment plans require a $15 down-payment, as well as a $25 per semester, non-refundable enrollment fee.
  • By phone at 480-732-7312. College Student ID number required.

It is the student’s responsibility to drop the class through one of the following methods:

  1. Email the Dual Enrollment Office at with the student's name, college ID number, the high school the student attends, and the class the student wishes to drop OR
  2. The student can come to the Coyote Center at our Pecos campus and fill out a drop/add form.

Please note that dropping a class after the payment deadline will result in a grade of W on their transcript. The W grade will not directly affect their GPA, but it may affect their future eligibility for federal financial aid (view the CGCC policy here). They/you still will be responsible for paying any remaining tuition for the class, or be ineligible for a refund if tuition has already been paid for the class.

Tuition must be paid (either in full or by setting up a payment plan) by 6 p.m. the day the student enrolls in classes. Additional information is available in the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Refund Policy. If payment isn’t made, the student will be dropped from their classes without notice.

One solution is to fill out only the information marked as required: Social Security Number, Date of Birth, First Name, and Last Name. The student can leave the Middle Name blank or just use their middle initial. If they are still having trouble, they can contact our Admissions and Records Office at 480-732-7320 for information on other options.

Think of the MEID as the username to access online services with the college. Students will use this to log into and access their student email. The college ID number is used to identify their unique student account. If the student calls us regarding issues or calls Student Business Services to make a payment, this is the number they should have on hand so we can access their account as fast as possible. Here’s how to tell the difference between the two:

The MEID usually will start with the first three letters of the student’s first name, followed by seven numbers.

The college ID number is eight digits long, contains no letters, and begins with a 3.

The student will go to, click the Student Center button, then log in with their and password. Once the student is logged into their Student Center, they’ll click on the "Profile" tile. Their college ID number will be listed in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

The student will go to and log in with their and password. Once logged in, they’ll follow the steps outlined at Google Mail Forward Instructions to have their college email forwarded to any other email address they’d like. Since official correspondence from the college is only emailed to the student’s Maricopa email, they need to make sure the forwarding email address is one that they check often!

  • U18 – this hold is removed once the parent submits the Financial Responsibility Form and it is processed (students 18 and older will not have this hold).
  • Special Admissions – this hold will stay on the student’s account until they turn 18 and will not prevent enrollment or ability to pay (students 18 and older will not have this hold).
  • Blocked Services - Students with a debt over $100.00 on their account will not be allowed to enroll in any classes until the debt has been paid. This hold will also prevent being able to request an official transcript.

Yes, transfers can be made to a different school in the same school district, as long as both schools offer the same course for dual enrollment and the transfer is before the refund deadline. If your student is withdrawing or transferring to a school outside of their district, they must transfer before the refund date. If the student transfers after the refund date, the student will be issued a W (withdrawal) grade and they/you are not entitled to a refund for tuition or fees paid. It is the student’s and parent’s responsibility to communicate with the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Dual Enrollment Department regarding any changes to the student’s Dual Enrollment schedule. All Dual Enrollment classes adhere to the payment and refund deadlines noted in the registration steps.

Refund deadlines can be found in the registration steps for new and returning students. If your student withdraws after the refund deadline, they/you will still be responsible for paying tuition and not entitled to a refund for tuition or fees paid. NOTE: Notifying their instructor that they no longer want to be enrolled in the dual enrollment course is not officially withdrawing from the course. The student/you must notify the Dual Enrollment Department.

If your student is withdrawing from a class or transferring to a different school outside of their district AFTER the refund deadline, they will be issued a W (withdrawal) grade on their transcripts. These grades do not impact a student’s grade point average, but can impact future scholarship/financial aid opportunities.

Students requesting a change of grade must contact their Dual Enrollment instructor at the high school. If an error has been found, it will be up to the instructor of the course to reach out to the Chandler-Gilbert Dual Enrollment Department to begin the process. A change of grade is only available for up to a year after the class has ended.

Students can request to have their transcripts sent in three different ways. Please visit our transcript website for assistance.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (A.K.A. FERPA or the Buckley Amendment) is federal legislation enacted in 1974 that sets forth requirements regarding the privacy of student records. These rights apply to all students, regardless of age. It requires institutions accepting federal monies to protect the privacy of student information. FERPA applies to all current and former students of Maricopa Community Colleges, this includes dual enrollment students. An institution’s failure to comply with FERPA may result in the Department of Education’s withdrawal of federal funds. Faculty/staff compliance with FERPA regulations is obligatory.