Title: Post-Secondary Enrollment Options
Adopted: April 1, 1998
Last Revised: February 28, 2017
POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS
This policy establishes the requirements for student enrollment in post-secondary courses taken before high school graduation.
I. ELIGIBLE INSTITUTIONS
Students may take courses at eligible post-secondary institutions within Maine which include the University of Maine System, the Community College System, and Maine Maritime Academy.
II. STUDENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
A student may take no more than 12 credit hours at eligible institutions per academic year, and no more than six credit hours per semester.
A student must meet the following criteria prior to enrolling in a post-secondary course:
A. Have a minimum of a B average (or 3.0) in his/her courses overall, unless the eligible institution has waived the minimum grade/grade point requirements;
B. Meet the course admission standards of the eligible institution;
C. Provide evidence of parent/guardian approval for taking the course; and
D. Receive a recommendation to take a post-secondary course of courses from the school administration or one of the student’s secondary school teachers following an assessment of the student by the administration.
A student enrolled in grade 11 or 12 who does not have a B average (or 3.0) in his/her courses overall is eligible to take a post-secondary course provided that he/she:
A. Has been assessed and received a recommendation to take the course from the school administration; and
B. Has been approved for participation in the course by an eligible institution.
III. AWARDING OF CREDITS
The eligible institution shall grant full credit to any student who successfully completes a course.
High School graduation credit for a course taken under this policy shall be awarded as follows:
A. The course must meet for a minimum of one semester or be an official summer term offering.
B. The course must meet any applicable Learning Results standards.
C. The student must earn a passing grade in the course.
D. Attendance must satisfy the instructor’s requirements.
E. If the above criteria are met, the student shall receive two credits for each three-credit college course.
IV. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
A. The Maine Department of Education shall pay applicable tuition costs (up to the limits of legislative appropriation) for any student enrolled in a course under this policy if the eligible institution requires tuition payment.
B. The student and parent/guardian are responsible for the cost of classroom materials (i.e. textbooks, lab books, fees) and transportation. Financial assistance for the payment of tuition fees will be governed by Accounting Bulletin #105P.
C. If the student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, the school unit shall pay the cost of textbooks, course fees, and transportation.
V. SCHOOL UNIT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
The Superintendent shall make parents and students aware of post-secondary enrollment options through handbooks or other appropriate means.
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