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Post-Secondary Enrollment Options

CODE: IHCDA

Maine School Administrative District No. 31

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 the following eligible post-secondary institutions within Maine:  the University of Maine System, the Vocational Technical College System, and Maine Maritime Academy.  Courses from other sources shall not be eligible for District financial support unless so approved.

Student Eligibility Requirements

A Student may take no more than one course per semester and two courses per academic year.

A Student must follow the guidelines prior to enrolling in a post-secondary course:

    A. Have a minimum of a "B" (or 85) 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 form the principal and guidance counselor.  The student must meet with his/her guidance counselor to develop a
        plan describing how the course will help the student meet graduation requirements in order to obtain approval.

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 post-secondary instructor's requirements.
    D. If the above criteria are met, the student shall receive one (1) credit for each course.

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

School Unit Reporting Requirements

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.


First Reading:                07/1999
Amended and Adopted:  08/18/1999