Polk State College provides accelerated opportunities to academically-talented students from all Polk County public secondary schools and many area private high schools. Home-schooled students are also eligible to participate. The application process begins online at polk.edu. Private school and home-schooled students must read the Dual Enrollment Articulation Agreement and agree to its terms and conditions. This document defines the qualifications, rules, and regulations regarding the dual enrollment programs offered at Polk State College, and all Polk County students must abide by them. Polk County School students will use the Polk County School Board's portal called DELTA to gain approval for class registration. Private and home school students must complete the High School Approval Form. Visit the Dual Enrollment web page of the College website for complete details.
Students may also contact the Dual Enrollment Coordinator on the Winter Haven Campus or the Dual Enrollment Coordinator on the Lakeland Campus at 863.297.1000, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is available from school guidance offices and the advising areas on each Polk State College campus, or information may be downloaded from the website at www.polk.edu.
Acceleration is available to high school students through three early college programs: Accelerated Program, Full-Time Early Admission, and Dual Enrollment. All are often referred to as dual enrollment. Tuition and fees for approved dual enrollment courses are waived by the College for home school students. Public and private schools pay for the tuition of students who participate in dual enrollment.
Textbooks are provided to public school students by the Polk County School Board. Students attending private schools will follow the textbook policy of the private school and those who are home schooled will have their textbooks and supplies paid for by the College. The Home School textbook policy for eligible home education students is:
- Course materials must be obtained from the Polk State College Bookstore on the campus on which the student is taking classes.
- Course materials are available between the Financial Aid Bookstore Purchase Dates as specified on the Polk State College Academic Calendar. Academic Calendars are available online at - https://www.polk.edu/academics/academic-calendars/.
- Students may obtain course materials on the business day following the day on which they enroll in the course for which they are obtaining materials.
- Students must bring a printed copy of their course schedule to the Bookstore in order to receive course materials.
- Students will be required to provide photo identification as well a valid e-mail address in order to receive communication from the College Bookstore. Students should monitor the e-mail address provided to the Bookstore throughout the semester for communication regarding return dates.
- Course materials must be returned to the College Bookstore by the specified date. Students who fail to return course materials will have a financial hold placed on their account, will have their registration canceled for the upcoming term, and will be barred from further registration until the obligation is satisfied.
Dual enrollment courses may be taken in a variety of ways: on a Polk State College campus, at a high school in a class taught by a Polk State College-approved instructor, or via the Internet through Polk State College's distance learning delivery method. Courses may be taken as part of a student's regular high school curriculum or in addition to the high school load. Students are required to maintain a specific GPA in secondary school and college to stay in the program. These details are found in the Dual Enrollment Agreement effective for the academic year found on the Dual Enrollment webpage.
If a student withdraws from a course after the Drop period is over (see Academic Calendar for dates), he or she receives a grade of W on the college transcript; this counts as the student's first attempt in a course. A student may attempt a course two times as a dual enrollment student; the third attempt and any subsequent attempts may not take place until the student graduates from high school. The third attempt will be charged at the full cost of instruction, which is approximately the out-of-state tuition rate. If approved, the expense is the responsibility of the student. Students are advised that multiple attempts may adversely affect their future academic opportunities, admission status at their intended college or university, financial aid eligibility, and the cost of tuition. The information above reflects the rules and regulations in effect at the time of publication. Polk State College reserves the right to make changes as necessary to address any changes in legislation and/or to meet College needs. The most updated information and details are available on the Dual Enrollment web page of the polk.edu website.