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Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment


What is Dual Enrollment?

College of the Redwoods’ Dual Enrollment program provides an opportunity for high school students to earn college credit for FREE!

Any student who has completed the 8th grade can enroll in classes at any College of the Redwoods by filling out a Concurrent Enrollment Form (signed by parent/legal guardian and his/her high school principal) as well as the College of the Redwoods Enrollment Application at CCCApply.


High School students pursuing this path may take degree applicable classes only and are limited to a maximum of 11 units per semester. Each dual enrollment course counts for high school credit, as well as college credit, and the classes are offered on your high school campus - taught by qualified high school teachers. Dual enrollment courses are certified college courses and are offered for college credit; the grades will go on your permanent college transcript.

How to Apply

Interested in dual enrollment? Students must receive application approval by their parents/guardians and their high school principal.

  1. Apply to College of the Redwoods
  2. Complete your Concurrent Enrollment Form.
  3. Enroll in your school’s dual enrollment classes. Please note: You will not be able to register for classes until your Concurrent Enrollment Form is on file in the Admissions & Records office.
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Besides the no cost, on your campus, taught by your own teachers – research has shown that high school students who take dual enrollment courses are more likely to graduate with a college degree! 

In a dual enrollment Program you’re training in high school to succeed in college.

Research studies have shown that students enrolled in a dual enrollment program:

  • Develop stronger study skills;
  • Are more likely to graduate high school;
  • Gain confidence in their ability to take and succeed in college courses;
  • Are more likely to register for college after high school;
  • Have a higher college grade point average;
  • And are more likely to complete a college degree.

Additional Benefits of Dual Enrollment

  • No need to pay for college tuition, books, or fees - potentially saving thousands of dollars.
  • Take your first collegiate courses in a familiar environment, with faculty you know, and support from family and friends.
  • Receive college credit.
  • Reduce the amount of time necessary to earn a college degree after high school.
  • Enhance your application for college.
  • Earn college credits at College of the Redwoods that apply towards certificates, AA degrees, or Associate Degrees for Transfer to California’s State Universities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost?
There is no cost for class tuition, course materials, or texts. Dual enrollment courses are completely FREE.

What dual enrollment courses are offered?
General Education and/or Career Technical Education. Check with your high school counselor for specific class offerings at your high school.

Are dual enrollment classes college classes or just rigorous high school classes?
Each dual enrollment class is a state approved collegiate course, whether it is an academic course or a career technical education course.

Who teaches the courses?
College of the Redwoods’ dual enrollment courses are taught by high school instructors who have been qualified through the state community college system to teach the college course, just like all community college instructors in the state of California. In most cases, a Master degree in the discipline is required.

Are these college credits transferable to a college besides College of the Redwoods?
Every effort is made by College of the Redwoods and the high school to choose CSU and UC transferable courses and Career and Technical courses that will move the student towards job placement upon graduation.

How do I transfer my dual enrollment courses to my college of choice?
Once you complete the College of the Redwoods course(s), it will be placed on your permanent College of the Redwoods transcript. If you are choosing to attend College of the Redwoods you do not have to request any transcripts, as the course(s) you completed are already in the CR system. If College of the Redwoods is not your college of choice, once you are admitted to your college of choice, you will need to request official transcripts through your student WebAdvisor account and have them sent to your new college.

What high schools are participating?
The following high schools are members of the College and Career Access Pathways Partnership and Enrollment Program: Arcata High School, Eureka High School, Fortuna High School, McKinleyville High School.

Should I have any concerns?
Dual Enrollment courses will become part of your official college transcript and be part of your permanent collegiate grade point average, no matter the college you choose to attend. If a dual enrollment class is not going as planned, it is important to know the drop and withdraw dates for these courses.

Can Dual Enrollment limit my access to future financial aid?
Dual Enrollment courses count as college courses, therefore they are captured in your total units attempted and earned along with your grade point average. For students completing courses that apply toward their degree this should have no negative impact on financial aid. However, for students that do not pass courses, earn failing grades, or for those students who change majors multiple times there are more implications. You can explore the “Stay Eligible” section on the Financial Aid website at

The important thing to keep in mind is that successful completion of college courses in high school helps you graduate faster. If you have specific concerns about financial aid please contact the Financial Aid Office at

Can my collegiate athletic eligibility be impacted?
No, participation in dual enrollment courses does not impact future collegiate athletic eligibility.

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