Dual Enrollment - Diploma & Certificate Level Track
The Dual Enrollment (DE) program allows high school students to take academic degree level core courses that will transfer to any TCSG or USG college or university, occupational courses, and diploma level core courses. Some students may choose to enroll fully into a degree, diploma or technical certificate of credit program, or they may choose to just take a few courses. All college coursework taken through DE will be fully covered through DE funding, and students will not be required to pay out of pocket for tuition, college fees, or textbooks. The only fees students may be responsible for are course-specific fees determined by the college. No hours taken through the DE program will count towards a student’s HOPE Grant or Scholarship caps. Participating in the DE program is a great incentive for high school students to get ahead on their college coursework!
The Diploma and Certificate Level Track DE program allows students to participate in any diploma or certificate program offered at STC! Students can take classes at STC, their high school, or online! Popular DE programs include Air Conditioning, CompTIA A+ Certified Preparation (completed online), Early Childhood, Nurse Aide, Welding, and Wildlife Management.
Benefits for Students Participating in Dual Enrollment
- Introduces students to college-level coursework
- College credits taken through the DE program do not count against the HOPE Scholarship or HOPE Grant hours after you graduate from high school
- College credits do count toward new high school rigor requirements and HOPE Scholarship rigor requirements
- Students who participate in DE get a 0.5 boost in their HOPE Scholarship GPA calculation upon graduation from high school. (Please note – this does not apply to your local GPA calculation.)
- Tuition and textbooks are totally covered through the DE program
- Earning college credits while still in high school may enable students to graduate early and/or possibly even earn an associate degree, diploma or certificate
- Helps students adjust to certain aspects of the college experience (e.g., classes, coursework, instruction, being on a college campus) so the transition from high school to college may be easier
- Students who participate in Dual Enrollment are more likely to go to college and get a college degree
- Students may be able to take classes that are not offered at the high school, especially in subject areas they are interested in for a potential career
- Participating in a DE program demonstrates the students ability to handle more difficult coursework which is something college admissions officers may look upon favorably during admissions and recruiting
- Taking college-level classes while still in high school may build confidence and encourage those students who may not be thinking about college to reconsider
Any 9th – 12th grade student enrolled in an eligible Georgia high school or home study program much submit satisfactory Accuplacer, SAT, ACT or Accuplacer test scores to participate in DE.
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To view more information about test score requirements for the program, please click here. If you have not taken the placement exam yet, please contact the High School Coordinator to schedule a time to test. There are NO residency or citizenship requirements.
How Do I Enroll?
Interested students must first meet with their high school guidance counselor. New DE students must complete a Dual Enrollment Student Participation Agreement and submit a completed Dual Enrollment Admissions Application.
Additionally, students must also complete a Dual Enrollment Funding Application through GA Futures. Instructions for this can be found thru the GaFutures DE Funding Application Instructions document.
What Does It Cost?
Tuition and fees are covered for eligible students by the Dual Enrollment program. Books will also be provided at no charge, but must be returned by the end of each semester. Some programs might require course-specific fees, however, most STC programs do not require such fees. You can speak with the High School Initiatives Coordinator to find out specifics about course-related feeds.