IHCDA Post-Secondary Enrollment Options


The intent of this policy is to establish the requirements for student enrollment in post-secondary courses taken before high school graduation.

Eligible Institutions

Students may take courses at eligible post-secondary institutions within Maine, which include the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and Maine Maritime Academy.

Student Eligibility Requirements

A student must meet the following criteria prior to enrolling in a post-secondary course:

[Note: The following are statutory requirements.]

A. Have a minimum of a “B” [or 3.0] average in his/her courses overall;

B. Meet the course admission standards of the eligible institution;

C. Provide evidence of parent/guardian approval for taking the course; and

D. Obtain approval from the principal and guidance counselor.

Exceptions to Eligibility Requirements

A student enrolled in grade 11 or 12 who does not meet the “B” [or 3.0] average 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 the eligible institution.

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.

B. The student must earn a passing grade in the course.

C. Attendance must satisfy the instructor’s requirements.

D. If the above criteria are met, the student shall receive one graduation credit.

Financial Assistance

If funds are available, the Maine DOE shall pay 50% of applicable tuition costs of the first three credit hours per semester, up to 6 credit hours per year.

The student and his/her parent/guardian are responsible for paying for all textbooks and course fees.

If the student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, the school unit shall pay the cost of textbooks and course fees.

School Unit Reporting Requirements

The Superintendent shall ensure that information concerning post-secondary enrollment options is made available to parents and students. 

The Superintendent shall provide an annual report to the School Board regarding the number of students taking courses at post-secondary institutions and the courses taken.

Legal Reference
:    20-A MRSA § 4771 et seq.

Adopted:     December 11, 1990
Revised:     November 12, 2003, November 9, 2010

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