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.

You may have a lot of questions about the Dual Enrollment program, please feel free to contact any of the technical colleges or email dualenrollment@coastalpines.edu for more information.

Who is eligible?
Students in the 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. 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
• 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).

Who pays for the tuition, fees and books?
The state of Georgia has set aside funds to cover the tuition and 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. Classes may be taken in the fall, spring or summer terms.

What is the difference between Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) classes?

After you successfully complete a college course, you are awarded college credit and a grade, both of which will appear on you college transcript. With an Advanced Placement course, you 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 my 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. 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. Only hours used under the HOPE Grant or Scholarship count toward your lifetime HOPE cap.

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