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Learn About Dual Enrollment

Through dual enrollment with CSU Online, Colorado students can:

  • Gain confidence to attend college.
  • Explore career interests.
  • Pay no application fee for enrollment.
  • Gain access to statewide transferable courses.
  • Earn credit for completed courses on your high school and college transcripts.
  • Receive affordable, reduced tuition.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of studying anywhere, at any time.

View the CSU Online Dual Enrollment Guide for additional information and current course catalog.

Student Eligibility, Credits, and Benefits

Student Eligibility

  • Juniors and seniors in a Colorado high school
  • Students must be in good standing
  • Students must satisfy the prerequisites of the courses prior to enrollment
  • Courses are only available on an asynchronous platform through high schools and districts that sign an MOU with CSU Online

Student Credits

  • Credits earned in Dual Enrollment courses are CSU credits and recorded on an official CSU transcript. Courses taken and grades earned establish a permanent academic record at CSU.
  • Prior to a high school student enrolling in CSU Online Dual Enrollment courses, the student, parent, and high school official must submit a Dual Enrollment Student Request form.
  • Course deadlines and drop dates are discussed with both the high school and the students at the beginning of each term. Biweekly status check-ins are conducted with the high schools until census one.

Student Benefits of Dual Enrollment

Students benefit from our dual enrollment program through:

  • Access to robust course offerings
  • Exploration of passions or interests in careers
  • Confidence in their ability to attend college
  • Developing knowledge, skills, and abilities for college and the workforce
  • Earning credit for completed courses on high school and college transcripts
  • Reducing the cost and time it takes to earn a degree

Colorado data shows that students in Dual Enrollment programs are more likely to:

  • Enroll in postsecondary education upon graduation
  • Earn higher postsecondary grade point averages
  • Not need remediation

Tuition, Fees, and Important Dates

Tuition is significantly lower than taking a course on the CSU campus or through CSU Online.

  • Reduced tuition rate of $153.35 per credit hour
  • University technology fee per student of $32 per term

The CSU Dual Enrollment Program does not qualify for students to utilize the Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend. The CSU Dual Enrollment Program is not covered under the Expanding Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities Act.

Dual Enrollment Online Course Expenses*

  • Online course tuition: $153.35
  • University technology fee: $32.00
  • Cost based on 3 cr. course: $492.05

*Certain courses may have special course fees and/or textbook fees. Exact tuition amounts, including course material fees, are outlined in the Course Offerings section of the Dual Enrollment Guide.

Important Dates

  • Jan. 17: Classes Begin
  • Jan. 22: Registration Deadline
  • Feb. 1: Course Drop Deadline (100% Refund) and Census
  • May 12: Spring 2023 Term Ends

District/Schools Dual Enrollment Process

Course Offerings and Marketing

  • CSU will work with each district to determine which courses are offered.
  • Credit course rate is $153.35 per credit hour (not including a per semester technology fee, or any specific course material fees).
  • Courses will be promoted to high schools in the spring term prior to the next academic year.

High School/District Tuition Payment Structure

  • Course fees are billed to the high school student’s CSU Ram account within 1-2 business days after course registration.
  • The high school or district contact will email CSU with a list of student names and registered courses per term.
  • CSU will cross reference this list with our system.
  • CSU will create a Certifying Sponsor Form for each high school or district and send the form to the sponsored billing department at the beginning of each term outlining the charges.

After the registration deadline, CSU works with sponsored billing office to ensure each student’s tuition and fees are billed according to the payment structure.

  • For example, if the district chooses the “Split Expense” structure, the tuition and the university technology fee would be removed from the student account and transferred to the district account¹. The remaining balance of special course material fees and textbook charges remain on the students account².
  • CSU’s sponsored billing department will send out sponsor invoices for each term after census one.

1In the event that there are internal processes such as late contracts, late certification documents submitted for sponsoring institution, etc. that result in late fees being charged to the students account, the fees will be waived once the tuition charges are transferred to the sponsored billing account.

2Students may receive emails from CSU’s billing department even if the balance is $0 because they are auto generated. If the district has not agreed to pay for textbook charges or other fees, the student will need to pay by the due date. Students will be responsible for any late fees incurred.

Dual Enrollment Partner Logistics

MOU Background Logistics

If a department working with a high school or district wants to offer dual enrollment, contact Brandi Gonzales for follow up with the district. Brandi will request the following from the school or district:

  • Name and address of high school or district
  • High school or district contact
  • Chosen payment structure option
  • Name of signatory authority for MOU
  • An outline of each course per term the high school or district will offer
  • The name of the Course Observer for each course the high school or district offers

Note: The Course Observer will be added to CSU’s HR System so they can assist students in the Canvas shell but WILL NOT have access to grades (per FERPA).

MOU Contract Logistics

For all MOU contract logistics and execution, the CSU Online Dual Enrollment Relationship Manager will:

1. Create a Dual Enrollment Cooperative Agreement (MOU) that outlines the specifications:

  • Course(s)
  • Registration
  • Enrollment
  • Billing
  • Course Fees
  • Textbooks
  • Course observers

2. Initiate the MOU for signatures from both parties.

3. Handle distribution of finalized copies to:

  • The high school or district
  • CSU department
  • CSU Registrar’s office
  • CSU Online

About Hidden Links for Registration

  • Hidden links are used for students to register and provide valuable trackable data for our high school student populations. Course links are set up with special section numbers that are specifically tied to each high school, tuition costs and sponsored billing.
  • Hidden registration course links for each individual high school or district created by CSU Online.
  • The high school or district contact will receive an email with their specific course links.
  • High school or the district distributes links to their students that intend to register for the Dual Enrollment online course sections.

CSU Departments – Dual Enrollment

For more information on dual enrollment benefits, growth opportunities, and course offerings for CSU departments, please visit the CSU Online Faculty Resource Hub.


If you have questions about dual enrollment with CSU Online, please contact Brandi Gonzales.