1. What is the Dual Enrollment program?

Dual Enrollment is Georgia’s new dual enrollment program that allows high school students (9th – 12th grade) to earn college credit while working on their high school diploma. Dual Enrollment replaces Accel, HOPE Grant for dual enrollment and the previous Move On When Ready program. The new Dual Enrollment program now covers tuition, mandatory fees and required textbooks.

  1. Why was the new Dual Enrollment program created?

The new Dual Enrollment program is easier for students, parents and schools to understand – it is streamlined with one funding source and one set of eligibility requirements and regulations.

In addition, the new Dual Enrollment program aims to expand the old dual enrollment program’s opportunities by increasing the number of courses students can take for college credit and removing financial barriers to student participation.

The goal of Dual Enrollment is to increase college access and completion, and prepare students to enter the workforce with the skills they need to succeed.

  1. What are the benefits for a student participating in the Dual Enrollment program?

There are several benefits for students who participate in Dual Enrollment.

The program:

  1. Who is eligible to participate in Dual Enrollment?

All high school students (9th – 12th grade) attending a public or private high school in Georgia or home study program operated in accordance with O.C.G.A. 20-2-690(c) can participate in Dual Enrollment.

Students should begin receiving program information and materials in 8th grade in preparation for high school. Public high schools are required to provide Dual Enrollment program information and materials to each 8th grade student when the student is developing his or her individual graduation plan.

  1. How do eligible high schools and postsecondary institutions participate in Dual Enrollment?

Each eligible high school (public, private or home study program) must complete a Dual Enrollment Program Participation Agreement as provided by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) in order to participate in the program.

  1. What do students have to do to participate in Dual Enrollment?

To participate in Dual Enrollment, students sign an advisement form with their high school or home study program, meet the admissions requirements at the postsecondary institution of their choice and make satisfactory academic progress.

Interested students should see their high school counselor and visit GaFutures.org for program information and the application.

  1. Are online courses available to students participating in Dual Enrollment?

Yes, Dual Enrollment students can enroll in online courses if the course is on the approved course list. Students should carefully consider whether an online course is a good fit for them before enrolling.

  1. When will Dual Enrollment be offered?

Beginning Fall term 2015, students may participate in Dual Enrollment for all terms.

  1. What expenses does the Dual Enrollment program cover for eligible participants?

Students who meet all eligibility requirements will receive a student-specific award amount to be applied to tuition, mandatory fees and books. The postsecondary institution cannot charge the student any additional tuition or mandatory fee costs for approved Dual Enrollment courses. The postsecondary institution must provide the required textbooks for the approved Dual Enrollment courses. How the books are provided to the Dual Enrollment student is determined by the postsecondary institution.

The aid is paid to the postsecondary institution. The award chart for Dual Enrollment can be found on GaFutures.org.

  1. What expenses are not covered by the Dual Enrollment program?

Students may incur expenses for course related fees and supplies required for a particular course or optional fee charged by the postsecondary institution. If the postsecondary institution provided the textbooks through a lending program, the student may be charged a lost or damaged book fee if the book is not returned in the required condition.

The student is responsible for tuition and fees for any course taken that is not on the Dual Enrollment Approved Course Directory and the student’s Dual Enrollment application.