Information for Future Students
Dual Enrollment provides high school students with the opportunity to take college courses for both college and high school credit. Most Dual Enrollment students attend college part-time while continuing to take high school courses but full-time Dual Enrollment is also available. Typically, Dual Enrollment students attend classes on the campus of the college or university located in or near their community. In some instances, college courses may be available on the high school campus. Online courses are also available and may be a good option for those not living near a campus or without access to transportation. Students considering online courses are encouraged to use the Student Online Readiness Tool (READI) to determine if online courses are well-suited to their learning preferences. Middle Georgia State University’s Georgia Academy of Arts, Mathematics, Engineering and Sciences is an exclusive 2-year Dual Enrollment residential program that allows high school students the opportunity to simultaneously earn a high school diploma from their home high school as well as a possible associate’s degree from Middle Georgia State University.
Students interested in Dual Enrollment are encouraged to talk with their high school counselor as early as possible as there are deadlines that must be met. Students, parents, and counselors should together carefully assess whether Dual Enrollment is a good fit for the student. Students should be aware that college courses are typically more rigorous than high school courses and move at a faster pace. Also, Dual Enrollment courses result in real college credit and the grades become a part of the student’s permanent college record. Grades earned through Dual Enrollment could impact future eligibility for college admission and scholarships. A student’s performance in a Dual Enrollment course could also impact eligibility for high school graduation.
Students interested in Dual Enrollment must apply for admission to the college or university they wish to attend. Each University System of Georgia (USG) college and university has established requirements and deadlines for program participation.
Georgia’s Dual Enrollment funding program, administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission, allows eligible high school students to take approved college courses at little or no cost. The approved courses are provided on the Dual Enrollment Course Directory on the GAfutures website. Additional information on funding eligibility requirements, award amounts, funding application process and other aspects of the program can be accessed from the Dual Enrollment page on GAfutures.org. Participating students may have some expenses such as course-related fees and supplies (such as course lab materials) or charges for optional activities or services (such as parking fees, meal plans, student health center fees, etc.) as these are not covered by the program.