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Early Start Program

Admissions Information and Deadlines

Early Start Program Framework

  1. General Information
    1. A student must attach either the ACT, ASPIRE, SAT equivalent, or PLAN assessment to their Course Registration Packet (handed out by their high school counselor) and meet the score requirements listed below.
    2. A student must be in good standing as defined by the high school.
    3. A student must have permission from the high school and their parent/guardian to participate.
    4. In the fall, every student wishing to participate in Dual Enrollment needs to fill out the "Course Registration Form" packet given to them by their high school counselor as well as the LSUS online application that can be found at If a student is signing up for spring dual enrollment and participated in fall dual enrollment, an online LSUS application is not needed, only the paper application. For new students enrolling in Dual Enrollment for the spring, an online LSUS application needs to be filled out and submitted at
    5. If a student participated in Dual Enrollment before and DOES NOT know their LSUS Student ID and PIN number, the student will need to fill out the Student ID and PIN Request forms and send them to to retrieve those numbers. A student will need them to pay tuition.
    6. If a student is new to Dual Enrollment, their Student ID and PIN numbers will be emailed to them when they complete their online application.
  2. Eligibility Criteria
    1. High School GPA of 2.0 or greater.
    2. ACT/PLAN/ASPIRE/SAT equivalent composite score of 18 or greater.
    3. If taking English 105, student must have an ACT/ASPIRE/PLAN English sub-score of 18 or greater or SAT equivalent.
    4. If taking Math 121, student must have an ACT/ASPIRE/PLAN Mathematics sub-score of 19 or greater or SAT equivalent.
    5. If taking a science course, there may be a higher minimum ACT/ASPIRE/PLAN Math sub-score or SAT equivalent required. For all science classes such as Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, a student will need to have earned Math 121 or have a 21 ACT/ASPIRE/PLAN Math sub-score or SAT equivalent as a minimum requirement. There may be more prerequisites required based on the science course being offered. The high school counselor will need to contact the LSUS Admissions Office with specific questions.
    6. For an English course higher than English 105, a 28 ACT/ASPIRE/PLAN English sub-score or SAT equivalent is required unless credit for English 105 has been earned.
    7. For a Math 122 or Math 150 course, a 21 ACT/ASPIRE/PLAN Math sub-score or SAT equivalent is required unless credit for Math 121 has been earned. However, in order to take Math 221, a student must have earned credit in two of three following courses: Math 121, Math 122, and Math 150.
    8. To continue enrollment in subsequent semesters/terms (e.g., spring), student must have successfully completed (earned a college grade of A, B, C or P) current (fall) dual credit courses. Students who earn less than C or who withdraw/resign from a course may not enroll in the following semester or term. Limited, documented exceptions for continuation after withdrawal may be granted by the college/university.
  3. Eligibility criteria to enroll in a College Level, Degree Credit Course
    1. College Level, Degree Credit Course: A course in an academic subject that generates post-secondary institutional credit and appears (a) as a General Education course on the current Board of Regents' Master Course Articulation Matrix (public institutions) or (b) on a list of general education courses approved by the Board of Regents (for LAICU institutions).
    2. Student must be on track for completing (a) the Regents/TOPS high school core (if graduating in 2010 or 2011) or (b) the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum (if graduating in 2012 and beyond).


Students may take courses during each semester of the academic fall and spring semesters. The cost for students enrolled in a Louisiana public high school is $150.00 per course during Fall and Spring semesters (Unless otherwise notified by a high school counselor). Limited scholarships may be available for students who qualify and receive Free Lunch. Information on any available scholarships will be provided to students through their high school counselors on a semester-by-semester basis. There is not additional cost for textbooks or fees.

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