Federal Playbook

Federal Playbook

September 2023

In recent years, states, school districts, and institutions of higher education have been looking to expand access to college course taking for high school students through college in high school programs like dual enrollment and early college. These entities have been increasingly considering the federal policy and funding options available to them to support these efforts. This includes both accounting for what may already be available, as well as what they can contribute by way of new policy and funding.

Federal policy and funding options exist to support dual enrollment, but these options are often incorporated within formula funds or grant competitions where it may not be explicitly obvious that funding can be used to support this work. To respond to the need in the field for more help finding policy levers and funding incentives to expand dual enrollment access and success, the College in High School Alliance (CHSA) is pleased to present this Federal Playbook that will explain what currently exists, and what could exist with the right support.

This playbook is divided into two parts:

  • Section 1: Using Federal Funds to Support Dual Enrollment - Examines existing federal funding opportunities for states, school districts, and institutions of higher education to support dual enrollment.
  • Section 2: Advocating for New Federal Policy and Funding - Examines the current discussions about new federal policy and funding, and how state policymakers and practitioners can interface with those discussions.

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CHSA Federal Playbook