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Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment students are Cabrillo students! Choosing Dual Enrollment is a great way for students to be prepared to navigate college, reduce the cost of college & time to graduation, explore careers, and expand on their high schools CTE pathway!

What is dual enrollment?

Dual enrollment enables students (K-12th grade) or adult students in a GED/Adult School program to take college courses for free while they are enrolled in a K-12 school. These courses can be available in person at both Cabrillo campuses, at a high school and online. Get a head start on your higher education goals through dual enrollment!

Why should you take a dual enrollment class?

Through Cabrillo's dual enrollment program, students attend classes at Cabrillo for free! The benefits of dual enrollment include

  • Save money on college! Dual enrollment students can take courses for free.

  • Earn a degree faster! Dual enrollment students are earning college credits, putting them on track to finish a degree faster. Students that take dual enrollment classes can earn college credits and high school credits at the same time!

  • Ability to explore interests, careers, and majors!

  • Early exposure to college! Dual enrollment students are learning the college process, how to navigate as a college student, learning more about their education pathways, getting connected to resources, and making new friends!

What are the different types of dual enrollment?

Cabrillo has three types of dual enrollment

Individual dual enrollment: Individual dual enrollment is for high school, Junior High, and Elementary students that are selecting courses on their own and not as a part of a High School CCAP pathway. Individual dual enrollment students select their courses with the guidance of their school academic counselor. Individual dual enrollment students can take up to 11 units per semester for free and are responsible for the cost of their textbooks and materials. If individual dual enrollment students register over 11 units they are responsible for the cost of ALL the units.

College & Career Access Pathways (CCAP): CCAP allows Cabrillo and their partner high schools offer two semester series of college courses to support them in earning credits toward general education or career education certificates and degrees. Courses are offered at high school locations during the school day as a 'closed section' (only high school students!) or on the Cabrillo College campus after school. Current CCAP pathways include medical, advanced biotech, American Sign Language, Education (ECE), and dance. For a list of CCAP courses being offered please see the "Take Cabrillo courses while I'm in high school" tab below. CCAP dual enrollment students can register for 15 units of CCAP courses for FREE each semester. If CCAP students enroll over 15 units they are responsible for the cost of ALL the units.

Adult dual enrollment: Students that are currently enrolled in a GED/HISET/HSD program at an adult school are eligible to take up to 11 units of classes at Cabrillo for free each semester. If adult dual enrollment students register over 11 units they are responsible for the cost of ALL the units. Adult dual enrollment students must complete the dual enrollment steps to qualify.

Use the "I would like to section" to get started with dual enrollment!

Resources for Dual Enrollment Students
How to guides- Videos and step by step guides for dual enrollment
Resources for high schools & administrators
Questions about Dual Enrollment
(831) 786-4732

Director, College Readiness @ Dual Enrollment
College Readiness and Dual Enrollment Coordinator
Adriana Morales Soto
Dual Enrollment Student Support Specialist
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High school students have two dual enrollment options

Individual Dual Enrollment

Individual Dual Enrollment students can enroll in up to 11 units per semester for free, students are only responsible for any required textbooks or materials. These classes are available in person at both Cabrillo campuses or online.

CCAP- College and Career Access Pathways

Cabrillo has to partnered with local districts to offer college classes exclusively to high school students on high school campuses or at Cabrillo after school. Students in a CCAP pathway can take up to 15 units per semester for free! Textbooks and materials are provided at no cost to CCAP students. Students should talk with their high school counselor if they are interested in a CCAP pathway. Cabrillo currently offers CCAP Pathways with

Pajaro Valley Unified School District

  • Medical: MA 70 Medical Terminology (Fall) > COMM 14 Health Communications (Spring)

  • American Sign Language: ASL 1 (Fall) > ASL 2 (Spring)

Santa Cruz City Schools

  • American Sign Language: ASL 1 (Fall) > ASL 2 (Spring)

  • Education: ECE 31 Child Growth & Development (Fall) > EDUC 80 Education in a changing world (Spring)

  • Advanced Bio Tech: Bio Tech 42T

Santa Cruz County Office of Education (coming soon!)

Elementary and Junior High students can take dual enrollment courses as individual dual enrollment students. Individual Dual Enrollment students can enroll in up to 11 units per semester for free, students are only responsible for any required textbooks or materials. Courses must be approved by the students academic counselor or principal before the dual enrollment process can begin. All dual enrollment students must complete the required steps in order to register for courses. Students 13 years and under have certain regulations and steps they must follow, please see below.

  1. Apply to Cabrillo

    Students age 13 and under must complete the Cabrillo paper application process. Paper applications are available at the Admissions and Records department at the Aptos campus SAC East Welcome Center, Watsonville Center Admissions and Financial Aid office or by emailing webreg@cabrillo.edu. After students complete the paper application process they will be issued a Cabrillo student ID number and can then complete the next steps of the Dual Enrollment eForm and registration. Students age 14+ can complete the CCCApply application found on the Cabrillo Admissions website.

  2. Complete the dual eForm

    eForm timeline and processing: Dual enrollment eForms are processed in the order they are received. They are NOT processed automatically upon submission. Processing times for dual enrollment eForms is 5-7 business days. Students should submit their dual enrollment eForms no latter than 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester. Forms submitted less than 2 weeks before the semester may not be processed before the start of the semester.

    Once you receive your Cabrillo ID, login to your portal to complete the . On the form you will select if you are an individual dual enrollment student, CCAP dual enrollment or Adult School dual enrollment student.

    All dual enrollment students must complete the dual enrollment eForm each semester. This is the form where student select the courses they want to take. In addition to filling out the eForm students must attach a . Beginning November 16th, 2023 K-12 Dual Enrollment students will no longer be required to have a parent's signature if they have previously taken a dual enrollment course. Students who have not taken a dual enrollment course previously will be required to submit a signature page with a parent's signature for their first dual enrollment semester. The signature of a school representative will still be required every semester.

    Students can have the signature page signed electronically or they can print it, get it signed, and upload a picture of the completed page to their eForm. We do not accept signature pages via email or in place of submitting and eForm.

    Filling out the dual enrollment eForm does not guarantee students a spot in a course. Please allow 5-7 business days for your dual enrollment to be processed. Check the status of the in the system at any time Under Activity, open your and review the History. Once the form has been processed, you will see Approved and Workflow Ended under History. Once it is approved you can move on to registration.

  3. Register for classes

    Once students have submitted an application and Dual Enrollment eForm Cabrillo will review the eForm and signature page. Students will only be approved to take the courses that are listed on the dual enrollment eForm. Dual enrollment students receive a specific registration date and time. Visit the Admissions & Records Registration Date webpage for information about registration dates and times. Individual dual enrollment students are responsbile for registering themseles for classes. Submitting the application & dual enrollment eForm does not garuntee students a spot in a course.


Students who are enrolled in a GED/HISET/HSD program at an Adult School are eligible to take up to 11 units per semester. If adult dual enrollment students register for over 11 units they will be responsible for the cost of ALL the units. Students will need to complete the dual enrollment process including a Cabrillo application for the semester, dual enrollment eForm, and dual enrollment signature page signed by the adult school program.

Students that are interested in a taking a dual enrollment course will need to complete the following steps

  1. Explore course options

    Dual enrollment students have a variety of classes to choose from at Cabrillo! A great way to explore course options is to start with our list of recommended courses. High school students must also discuss their course choices with their high school counselor to must confirm that they are eligible to take a course. Some Cabrillo courses have a prerequisite requirement that students must meet. Students can also meet with a Cabrillo Counselor to understand how classes fit into their college pathway!

  2. Apply to Cabrillo College- Required every semester

    Dual enrollment students must apply to Cabrillo each semester. The CCCApply application can be found on our Admissions and Records webpage

  3. Complete the Dual Enrollment eForm

    eForm timeline and processing: Dual enrollment eForms are processed in the order they are received. They are NOT processed automatically upon submission. Processing times for dual enrollment eForms is 5-7 business days. Students should submit their dual enrollment eForms no latter than 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester. Forms submitted less than 2 weeks before the semester may not be processed before the start of the semester.

    All dual enrollment students must complete the dual enrollment eForm each semester. This is the form where student select the courses they want to take. In addition to filling out the eForm students must attach a signed by their parent/guardian and high school. Students can have the signature page signed electronically or they can print it, get it signed, and upload a picture of the completed page to their eForm. We do not accept signature pages in place of submitting and eForm.

    Once you receive your Cabrillo ID, login to your portal to complete the . On the form you will select if you are an individual dual enrollment student, CCAP dual enrollment or Adult School dual enrollment student.

    Filling out the dual enrollment eForm does not guarantee students a spot in a course. Please allow 5-7 business days for your dual enrollment to be processed. Check the status of the in the system at any time Under Activity, open your and review the History. Once the form has been processed, you will see Approved and Workflow Ended under History. Once it is approved you can move on to registration.

  4. Register for classes

Once students have submitted an application and Dual Enrollment eForm Cabrillo will review the eForm and signature page. Students will only be approved to take the courses that are listed on the dual enrollment eForm. Dual enrollment students receive a specific registration date and time. Visit the Admissions & Records Registration Date webpage for information about registration dates and times

Individual Dual Enrollment students will be responsible for registering themselves for courses.

CCAP dual enrollment students will be registered by Cabrillo for their CCAP courses.

Adult dual enrollment students will be responsible for registering themselves for courses.

Pro Tip:

View the to start planning your courses at Cabrillo!

Cabrillo will notify students via email with their registration date and time. Students can also check to see your registration ranking and your assigned registration date for the upcoming term.

Complete these activities by the posted DUE DATE to earn an earlier registration date:

  1. Complete the Placement Process. Learn about the best English and math courses for you. Then, submit this .

  2. Complete Orientation Activities. If you're learning about being a college student - you're completing Orientation! Tell us what you've done so far. Submit the . FYI: responses are not verified, we trust you.

  3. in . See a sampleprogram map to get an idea of what classes to take in what order.

  4. Declare your major by 15 completed units

  5. Maintain good academic standing

ProTip: Placement and orientation required only time, once you've completed, no need to repeat.

Click her to learn more about how registration ranking works

Dual enrollment dates and deadlines
  • 8/28/23
    Fall semester begins

    Students can apply for the Spring 2024 semester using the

  • 10/1/2023
    Spring 2024 CCCApply Application Opens

    Check to see your calculated registration date and ranking.

  • 10/27/2023
    Registration dates are posted

    11/30/2023 Early registration date for Dual Enrolled High School students that are taking classes at Cabrillo and have Completed placement, Submitted the orientation , and planned a class by October 2023.

  • 11/30/2023
    Registration opens for priority dual enrollment students

    Early registration date for Dual Enrolled High School students that are taking classes at Cabrillo and have Completed placement,

  • 12/5/2023
    Registration opens for all other dual enrollment students

    Registration opens for students that did not complete the tasks to get priority registration.

  • 01/29/2024
    Spring semester begins