Policy - IHCDA









The intent of this RSU #74 Board 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 Community College System and Maine Maritime Academy.


 Students may be allowed to take courses at private colleges or other institutions.  Any such requests shall be considered on a case-by-case basis to the extent that funds are available.


Student Eligibility Requirements


A student may take no more than two (2) courses per semester and four (4) courses per academic year. This limit may be waived upon recommendation by the Principal.


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


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 participant 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 (1) semester. 


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


C         Attendance must satisfy the instructor’s requirements.  The RSU #74 Board may request that the eligible institution record and report attendance to the high school.


D.        If the above criteria are met, the student shall receive one (1) high school credit and three (3) college semester hours.



Financial Assistance


A.        The Maine Department of Education shall pay applicable tuition costs for any student enrolled in a course under this policy if the eligible institution requires tuition payment. If the course is not eligible for Department of Education payment then the parent/guardian shall be responsible for such fees.


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



School Unit Reporting Requirements


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



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