The Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) provides opportunities for Massachusetts high school students to take college-level courses at a discounted price* and earn credit toward high school completion and their future college degrees.
CDEP eases the transition from high school to college, allows students to get a head start on their college careers, and provides meaningful and challenging academic experiences to qualified students who otherwise may not have access to an early college experience. The ultimate goal of CDEP is to increase the population of high school graduates who are college ready.
Student participation in CDEP is at the discretion of the participating institution of higher education, subject to capacity constraints and state appropriation.
* CDEP funded students take their first course free of charge or for a nominal fee. Subsequent course fees are set by the institution. Please contact your local public campus to find out what dual enrollment opportunities and funding is available.
State-funded dual enrollment was first established in Massachusetts in 1993 and supported 12,000 participating students between 1994 and 2001. After a hiatus due to a shortage of state funding, the program was restored in 2008 and, as of July 2009, became known as the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program. In June 2014, it was renamed the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership and in FY15 the program had 1,556 enrollments. It is managed and supported by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, as the fiscal agent, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.