Wouldn’t it be great to have your child’s first year, or even two years of college paid for?
It is possible under Georgia’s Dual Enrollment Program. In fact, last year over 17,000 students earned college credit at one of Georgia’s 22 technical colleges and saved time and money on the cost of college.
We encourage you to talk with your child’s high school counselor about the Dual Enrollment Program and appropriate course options, as well as requirements for high school graduation.
Who is Eligible?
Students in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade attending a participating Georgia high school or an approved home study program may be eligible to participate. Students must provide copies of their ACT or SAT scores or take the Accuplacer assessment. Click here for a list of test score requirements. Georgia’s technical colleges have no minimum high school GPA performance requirements.
What are the benefits of Dual Enrollment?
- Dual Enrollment reduces the cost of college and saves time
- Courses enhance critical thinking skills and increase confidence
- Students are better prepared for college because they’ve already experienced the rigor of college level classes
- Class sizes are smaller
- Students can ‘test the waters’ of their career choice
- Students obtain job skills for quicker entry into the workforce
National studies show students who enroll in dual enrollment programs participate in college at a higher rate than students who did not dual enroll (NACEP); and persist through at least two years at the college level (Community College Research Center at Columbia University).
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Who pays for the tuition, fees and books?
The state of Georgia has set aside funds to cover the tuition, non-course related fees for all qualified students. Under the Dual Enrollment Program, the college supplies you with the textbooks. Students may be required to pay for course related supplies or fees.
What courses are available under Dual Enrollment ?
There are hundreds of TCSG courses available through the Dual Enrollment Program. Many of the courses are directly aligned with secondary courses, while others may be considered electives. Click here for a list of available TCSG courses.
Where are classes held?
Classes may be held on the college campus, the high school campus or taken online and may be taken in the fall, spring or summer terms. Students may choose to enroll in just one Dual Enrollment class or take a full load.
What is the difference between Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) classes?
After successfully completing a college course, a student is awarded college credit and a grade which will appear on the college transcript. With an Advanced Placement course, a student must pay for and pass a standardized exam with a 3 or higher (most colleges prefer a 4 or 5) to possibly receive college credit for the course taken.
In fact, there are AP courses approved to be taken under Dual Enrollment.
Will the TCSG college credits transfer?
There are 28 general education courses taught by TCSG colleges that are guaranteed to transfer to any of the University System of Georgia’s colleges and universities. TCSG has transfer agreements with many of Georgia’s private colleges as well. Generally, most academic courses with a “C” or higher will transfer but students should check with the college of their choice regarding transferability.
Will Dual Enrollment count against the HOPE Scholarship or HOPE Grant credit hours cap?
No, participating in the Dual Enrollment program will not count against the HOPE credit hour cap. In fact, the general education or core classes taken under Dual Enrollment count for the HOPE scholarship rigor requirement. AS of July 1, 2013, Dual Enrollmentcourses now have the same GPA calculation .5 weight as AP or IB courses.
Where can I go if I still have more questions?
Getting answers to your questions is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Click here for a list of Dual Enrollment staff members at all 22 technical colleges, or click the Get Started button and complete the questionnaire and a representative will contact you.
- Feel free to send your questions to DualEnrollment@tcsg.edu.
- Click here for Student and Parent FAQs from Georgia Student Finance Commission.