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Dual Enrollment / Concurrent Enrollment

What are Dual Enrollment and Concurrent Courses?
Paradise Schools signed an agreement with Maricopa County Community College District to allow students to take dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment classes.
  • Dual enrollment classes are taught by Paradise Schools teachers who have at least 18 credit hours at the 500 level or higher.
  • Concurrent courses are taught by instructors from Rio Salado Community College in an online or in-person format.
These courses can be integrated into a student's regular school schedule. A student who is enrolling in a dual or concurrent enrollment class may be required to take the EdReady Placement test. The cost of a dual or concurrent course is dependent on the number of college credits of the course. By selecting courses labeled DE/CE, the student and their family agree to pay the course fee for credit. Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch qualify for a reduced tuition rate through MCCD.
A student who wishes to take a DE class, but not receive college credit may do so. The course will still be weighted, but college credit will not be earned. If a student would like college credit, but may need financial assistance, they should reach out to the counselor for scholarship opportunities.
Dual Enrollment courses are $97 per credit plus the $15 registration fee (1 registration fee per semester, no matter how many classes the student is taking). For example, DE Biology is 4 college credits. The cost of this course is $403.00 ($97 per credit + $15 registration fee). 
Tuition is paid directly through Rio Salado Community College. Our Rio Salado representative, Mrs. Felicitas Herrera, will come to PHHS to help students register for their classes and get set up to make payments. 
If your student is in need of financial assistance, you may apply for a grant through Maricopa County here. Applications are accepted March-May. This grant is needs based and can pay for up to 12 Dual Enrollment credits for students.
Students may also qualify for scholarships through Rio Salado's ACE Program. Visit the ACE Program website to learn about who can participate and how to apply.
Concurrent Enrollment payments are due by September 4th, 2023
 ***If student's do not make the payment for their CE courses by this time, they will be dropped from the course. If they would still like to take the course, they will have to register for the next session.***
Dual Enrollment payments are due by September 18th, 2023 
***If students do not make a payment for their DE course by this time, they will be dropped from the course they do not pay for.  They can still sit in the class and get the rigor of an "honors class" and receive the weighted GPA.  They will only get high school credit.  They cannot receive college credit.  ***
Rio Salado Tuition Assistance Overview
All applications for Rio Salado tuition assistance must meet the following requirements.
  • Applicants must be fully admitted to Rio Salado College (no charge for this). New students: Get admitted to Rio Salado
  • Complete the Admissions process by submitting:
    • Color copy of High School ID AND Birth Certificate, OR valid AZ State ID, Permit OR Driver's license, OR SIGNED US passport
    • Financial Responsibility/Consent Form
    • Transcript showing GPA of 2.6 or higher (Juniors/Seniors only)
    • Edready College Reading Test (Freshmen/Sophomores)
Students must be able to show financial need by providing one of the following:
  • Copy of 2023 federal tax form 1040 (no extensions considered), showing that the Adjusted Gross Income is less than the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines
  • OR
    Award letter (dated within 12 months of application) of a household member’s participation in any of the following benefits programs: Free or Reduced Lunch, Supplemental Social Security, Food Stamps, TANF, WIC or AHCCCS.
The Tuition Assistance application can be found on the Rio Salado Dual Webpage:
The Priority Deadline is Monday, June 10, 2024
The Final Deadline is Friday, August 30, 2024
Transferability and Course Equivalency
When checking on transferability and course equivalency for ASU, NAU, and U of A, the best tool to use is the Course Equivalency Guide via
Will I still be considered a freshman, upon admissions,  if I complete college courses in high school? 
If attending an Arizona university, students are considered a first time freshman regardless of how many dual enrollment or AP credit they are receiving during high school. Students are considered transfer students if they complete 12 or more credits post high school graduation. Anything completed during their time in high school will not count towards this classification. As long as the student is completing these credits as a high school student they are guaranteed a first time student. Out-of-state universities may have different requirements.  Please contact out-of-state schools directly and work with your high school counselor to ensure you are provided accurate freshman admission/scholarship requirements. 
Helpful Information
Useful links: 
Important links here (login is your
Enrollment and Registration Steps here
ID Authentication and Lawful Presence here
Financial Responsibility and Consent for Students under the age of 18 here
High School Course list and five-digit course number here
Password Reset here
If you have login difficulties, please contact the Rio Salado Tech Support Team at 480-517-8600.
Have tried all the above and still have issues?  Please contact Mr. Delacruz at ; to ensure a timely response to this email, please include in your message with the following information:
  • Rio Salado Student ID# or MEID# (not high school id number) or
  • First and last name and date of birth
  • High School you attend and Grade level
  • High School Course Name(s), Instructor(s), and period(s) of dual enrollment courses, OR the 5 digit course code from your High Schools course list here
If you have questions regarding Dual and Concurrent enrollment classes, including course registration, course fees, or financial aid, please contact our Rio Salado representatives:
Art De La Cruz - [email protected]