Dual Enrollment

Jump start your future while you are still a high school or home school student! Dual enrollment is a great way for motivated students to earn college credit before graduating from high school. We offer a variety of ways to get started.
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GCC’s dual enrollment program allows motivated high school or home school students to earn college credit before completing their K-12 educational requirements.  Interested students should work with the GCC Office of Admission as well as with their high school guidance office or home school official to determine if dual enrollment is right for them.

Any qualified student may take classes at Greenfield Community College as long as they meet the specific class requirements—which may mean passing a placement test, prior completion of specific college-level courses, or performance on AP exams.

If you are interested in Dual Enrollment the first step is to attend a mandatory information session. Dates can be found on the GCC Events Calendar.

The Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) program at Greenfield Community College provides the opportunity for students attending a participating high school or homeschool program within Massachusetts to enroll in a class or classes tuition and fee free.  The CDEP program is dependent on grant funding provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on an annual basis.   This page will be updated to notify students when funding is available.   

Students must choose between two different options for SPRING 2022:

Option 1: One eligible course, tuition and service fee free (based upon MA Transfer Pathway Eligibility)
Option 2: Three or four courses that includes a predetermined section of English and Psychology, tuition and service fee free (with some assistance provided for textbooks).

To apply for the CDEP program, students must meet ONE or more of the following criteria:

  • Student is from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group
  • Student qualifies for free or reduced lunch within the school district
  • Student is a first-generation college student (neither parent/guardian has a Bachelor’s degree or higher)

Additionally, CDEP Students must attend a participating school and:

  • Be in their junior or senior year of high school or homeschool program
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at school (for high school students)
  • Have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher or show steadily improving grades (for high school students)*
  • Place into college-level English
  • Enroll in a zero-credit learning support class (required for students enrolling in Option 2, recommended for students enrolling in Option 1)
  • Commit to participate in a mandatory information session, college transitions workshop, and new student orientation prior to the start of the program
  • Commit to actively participate in student supports and college activities
  • Be able to provide their own computer and internet access

*Exceptions may be made on an individual basis as determined applicable by GCC

Steps to apply:
*Click the links to access the required forms and documents

  1. Attend CDEP information session
  2. Apply to GCC Dual Enrollment online
  3. Submit supplemental forms (MIAA and SOU)
  4. Complete Accuplacer placement testing: Appointment request form.
  5. Complete CDEP application
  6. Submit high school transcript
  7. Complete CDEP Academic Recommendation

Important Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 5: Priority deadline for dual enrollment applications for the Spring semester (be sure to meet with your guidance counselor/home school coordinator in regards to eligibility and course requirements)
August 5: Deadline for dual enrollment applications for the Fall semester

Spring Semester
November 5:
Priority deadline for dual enrollment applications for the Spring semester (be sure to meet with your guidance counselor/home school coordinator in regards to eligibility and course requirements)
January 5: Deadline for dual enrollment applications for the Spring semester

Students interested in dual enrollment should:

    1. Attend a mandatory information session. Dates can be found on the GCC Events Calendar.
    2. Complete the Dual Enrollment Application. If you need help completing the online application view our tutorial or contact Admission@gcc.mass.edu.
    3. Download and complete the Statement of Understanding and Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Form.  Upload completed forms here.
    4. Make an appointment with the Testing Center to take the ACCUPLACER placement test if:
          • You have never taken ACCUPLACER placement tests at GCC or another
            Massachusetts community college.
          • You have not taken college level English and passed with a C or better at
            another college.
          • You have not taken a college level math course and passed with a C or better in the
            last five years.
          • You have not taken the ACCUPLACER math test within the last five years.
          • For detailed information on placement testing or to make an appointment to take your tests
            visit gcc.mass.edu/testing or call (413) 775-1147 or (413) 775-1821.
    5. Schedule an appointment to meet with your Dual Enrollment Advisor to register for classes.
    6. Attend a mandatory New Student Orientation.

The cost of classes at GCC is the same for dual enrollment students as it is for all of other regularly enrolled students. Federal financial aid is not available to anyone who does not have a high school diploma or its equivalent (e.g., GED, HiSET). At times there are funding opportunities for students to apply for – just ask the Office of Admission or your Dual Enrollment Advisor.

There are several ways to digitally sign the last two forms, depending on your software and device.  Open each form in Adobe Acrobat (or another file reader) first. If you do not have Acrobat  on your computer, you will need to download it.  Once you are ready to sign the forms, please follow the instructions here: Manage Digital IDs

Note: if you already have an ID created, you will not need to go through this process.

Once completed, use the secure upload to send.

We are happy to help if you have any problems!  Please contact us via email or chat for assistance.

Dual enrollment admissions

How old do I have to be to take classes at GCC?

Students of all ages are welcome to take courses at Greenfield Community College. There are a small number of courses with minimum age restrictions. These restrictions are outlined clearly in the course descriptions found in GCC’s course catalog.

What is dual enrollment?

GCC’s dual enrollment program allows motivated high school or home school students to earn college credit before graduating from high school. Interested students should work with the GCC Office of Admission as well as with their high school guidance office or homeschool official to determine if dual enrollment is right for them.

Any qualified student may take classes at Greenfield Community College as long as they meet the specific class requirements—which may be mean passing a placement test, prior completion of specific college-level courses, or performance on AP exams.

Can a campus tour count as an info session?

No. Information sessions take place either at the student’s high school or on the GCC campus to provide students and families with an overview of the Dual Enrollment Program. Students will have the chance to tour the main campus during their New Student Orientation.

What courses can I take if I am still in high school or am home schooled?

GCC wants you to be successful in your academic pursuits. Class selection is determined through a conversation with the student, his or her parent or legal guardian, and the high school guidance counselor or home school official. GCC does require every student to have the prerequisite course work or test scores needed for the individual course he or she wishes to take. These prerequisites are outline in the course descriptions in GCC’s course catalog and will be discussed with your Dual Enrollment Advisor.

Will I get college credit for the courses that I take?

High school students will receive college credit for courses taken at GCC and will develop a college transcript. This means that your grades matter and these courses are part of your permanent academic record at the College. If you decide that you want to continue your education at GCC after graduation, your coursework in which you have achieved a passing grade will automatically be applied. You don’t retake those courses.

Will the classes I take at GCC transfer to another college or university?

Many or our dual enrollment students transfer some or all of their GCC courses to another college or university. However, it is always at the discretion of the college or university where you transfer to decide whether or not your credits will be acceptable.

Will the classes I take be applied toward my high school or home school graduation requirements?

Possibly. This decision is always made by the appropriate official at your high school or home school.

If I am a dual enrollment student, are my classes free?

Dual enrollment students are billed at the same rate as all other students. In addition, dual enrollment students are not eligible for federal financial aid. At times there are funding opportunities for students to apply for – just ask the Office of Admission or your Dual Enrollment Advisor.

How do I go about being admitted to GCC as a dual enrollment student?

  • Discuss the possibility of taking courses with your parent/legal guardian and your high school or home school official.
  • Complete a Dual Enrollment Application.
  • If you are planning to participate in athletics while taking courses at GCC, you will receive a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) waiver at your mailing address. You must complete this form and return it to the Office of Admission before your application is considered complete.
  • Call the Testing Center at GCC and make an appointment to take placement tests in reading, sentence skills and math. Detailed information about these tests can be found at gcc.mass.edu/testing.
  • Providing you have met the prerequisites to take the course(s) you have chosen, contact the Academic Advising Center to make an appointment to register for courses. New student registration dates are found on the College’s academic calendar and are posted on the GCC website.  In general, registration for the Summer and Fall terms will open in mid-April and in mid-November for the Spring term.

How is the Early Transitions Program (ETP) different from dual enrollment, and am I eligible?

ETP is a special program available only to Greenfield High School and Turners Falls High School. Students must meet certain eligibility requirements. Please contact Tamatha Gaumnitz at gaumnitzt@gcc.mass.edu for more information.