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CDEP is a state funded grant which offers a free class to qualified high school students. Priority is given to first-generation college students, minority students, students who receive free or reduced lunch,   and students interested in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Students who may not have had the opportunity to participate in an early college experience due to financial circumstances are encouraged to apply. Students may be eligible for one free class. Students are selected on a first-come first-served basis. All students must be approved by the Dual Enrollment Coordinator (State funding is limited and approved on a yearly basis). CDEP is not available for fall semester courses.

Admissions Criteria for CDEP

  1. Student must be currently enrolled in Massachusetts public or non-public schools, including home schools
    and be a Massachusetts resident (see note below*).
  2. Student must be recommended by high school guidance counselor or other school official.
  3. Student must have a minimum of a 2.5 G.P.A. and be in good academic standing.**
  4. Student must have written approval by parent or guardian.
  5. Student must take Massasoit’s college placement examinations in Reading, Writing and Mathematics and place out of all developmental courses and meet all course prerequisites.
  6. Students may take courses that meet at any time of the day and must earn both college and high school credit.
  7. To be considered for eligibility:
    1. Testing must be completed by December 14, 2020.
    2. Completed documents (application and registration, and for homeschool students, school district approval letter for the 2020 – 2021 academic year) must be submitted to the Early College Access office no later than December 21, 2020.

Early College Application

*Students under the age of 16 may also be required to meet criteria for Youth Learner Policy.
**Students who do not possess the minimum cumulative GPA may be considered eligible based upon demonstration of their potential for academic success through review by the Dual Enrollment Coordinator. Factors to be considered are steadily improving high school grades, a high class rank, special talent, strong grades in the field of the course, strong recommendations by high school staff, etc.