Dual Enrollment FAQs
Q. Which USG institutions participate in the Dual Enrollment program?
A. All 26 of the USG colleges and universities participate in Georgia’s Dual Enrollment program.
Admission Requirements and Process
Q. What is required for Dual Enrollment admission?
A. Each USG college and university has established requirements for Dual Enrollment admission. These requirements are available on the USG Dual Enrollment Admission Requirements document.
Q. What are the next steps if I am interested in Dual Enrollment?
A. Interested students should begin by meeting with their parent/guardian and high school counselor to discuss their dual enrollment options. If it is determined that Dual Enrollment is a good fit, the high school course requirements that can be satisfied through Dual Enrollment must be identified. The Dual Enrollment Course Directory provides the list of high school and corresponding college courses that may be taken through Dual Enrollment. The following must be submitted to the college or university:
- A completed application for admission;
- An official high school transcript sent directly from the high school;
- Official SAT/ACT scores (or alternate test scores accepted by the college or university) sent directly from the appropriate testing agency to the college or university;
- A completed Dual Enrollment Student Participation Agreement; and,
- Any other documentation required by the college or university (such as proof of immunization, proof of U.S. lawful presence, etc.).
In addition, each student must submit a funding application through their GAfutures account in order to be eligible for the state’s Dual Enrollment funding program.
Funding and Student Expenses
Q. Is there a separate funding application process?
A. Yes, in order for a student to be eligible for the program funding, the student, his/her high school counselor, and the college or university must complete and submit a Dual Enrollment funding application. The Dual Enrollment funding application is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission and is initiated by the student through their GAfutures account. Students without a completed Dual Enrollment funding application are responsible for all tuition and fees resulting from their participation in the program as well as the full cost of their textbooks. Additional information on the Dual Enrollment funding application can be found on the Application Procedure for Dual Enrollment page on the GAfutures website.
Q. Are there any potential participation costs to students and their families?
A. The Dual Enrollment funding program provides funding directly to the college or university to be applied to the student’s account. Dual Enrollment students may have some expenses for course-related fees and supplies (such as course lab or material fees) as well as optional fees charged by the college or university (such as parking, housing, and meal plan expenses). Georgia’s Dual Enrollment funding program covers courses approved and published in the Dual Enrollment Course Directory for the institution and term the student attends only. Students taking unapproved courses may be charged for those courses. Students may be charged a lost or damaged book fee for any textbook not returned in the condition or by the deadline required by their college or university.
Q. Is there a limit on the number of semester hours a student can take through Dual Enrollment in a term and receive funding?
A. Yes, students may take a maximum of 15 semester hours through the program in a term and receive funding.
Eligible Courses and Course Selection
Q. What courses are available under the program?
A. The Dual Enrollment Course Directory provides the approved courses for each college and university participating in the Dual Enrollment program. Only those courses listed in the Directory are funded through the program. Students must have permission from both their high school and the college or university for each course they wish to take. Students who take a course for which they did not receive appropriate permission or who take a course that is not published in the Dual Enrollment Course Directory are responsible for any expenses resulting from enrollment in that course.
Q. Can a student opt to pay for a course not listed in the Dual Enrollment Course Directory?
A. Yes, students opting to take a course that is not published in the Dual Enrollment Course Directory are responsible for any expenses resulting from enrollment in that course.
Q. Will someone at the college or university assist the Dual Enrollment students with their course selection?
A.Once admitted, the student will consult with a college advisor to discuss their course schedule and to register. Some colleges and universities may require their Dual Enrollment students to attend new student orientation in order to register. While the Dual Enrollment Course Directory provides many course options, actual course selection will include consideration of the following:
- The student’s high school course schedule;
- Mandatory course prerequisites and co-requisites;
- Course placement evaluation (which may include a placement test);
- College course scheduling and seat availability; and,
- Student’s anticipated college major and academic interests.
Q. Can a part-time Dual Enrollment student take a college physical education course and have it funded through the Dual Enrollment program?
A. No, effective Fall 2017 only full-time Dual Enrollment students are eligible for Dual Enrollment funding for a college physical education course.
Q. What is considered full-time for the purpose of determining a Dual Enrollment student’s eligibility to have a college physical education course funded through the Dual Enrollment program?
A. Only those students enrolled in 12 or more semester hours are eligible for Dual Enrollment funding for a college physical education course. The 12 semester hour requirement is inclusive of the physical education course or courses on the student’s schedule for the term.
Q. Can a part-time Dual Enrollment student take a physical education course and self-pay?
A. Yes, a part-time Dual Enrollment student may enroll in a college physical education course but would be responsible for all tuition and fees, as well as any other costs, associated with taking the course. If the course is needed to satisfy a high school graduation requirement, the student should be encouraged to get confirmation that the course will satisfy the high school requirement from his or her high school.
Q. How are physical education courses identified?
A. A physical education course is any postsecondary physical education course aligned to a high school Physical Education course on the Dual Enrollment Course Directory. High school Physical Education courses are those with a high school course number with a “36” to left of the decimal point (36.xxxx).
Q. Can a part-time Dual Enrollment student take a college course aligned to a high school health course and have it funded through the Dual Enrollment program?
A. Yes, a part-time Dual Enrollment student may enroll in a college course aligned to high school Health course and have that course funded through the Dual Enrollment program. High school health courses are those with a “17” to the left of the decimal point (17.xxxx) in the Dual Enrollment Course Directory.
Q. Who can I contact at the college or university for additional information or assistance?
A. Each USG college and university has at least one Dual Enrollment Coordinator to provide information, answer questions, help students enroll, and assist with course selection and registration.