House Bill 149, was signed into law April 2009 as a dual enrollment opportunity for students to attend a postsecondary institution full-time during their junior and/or senior year of high school.
Students that participate in Dual Enrollment will receive high school credit and college credit simultaneously while attending college classes on the college campus, full-time. Approved college on-line courses may also be taken that meet high school graduation requirements.
Dual Enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to “jump start” postsecondary education during the high school years. Once a student meets the admission requirements and is accepted to a technical college, 2-year college, or 4-year university, the high school student will be free to “move on” earlier to the next educational level.
The opportunities within the Dual Enrollment legislation provide students an educational alternative other than the traditional high school setting or school day structure. The Dual Enrollment Act also provides students an option to earn postsecondary credit before graduating high school. Students who earn postsecondary credit while in high school, according to recent research, are more likely to graduate from college or university.
Students can save money on future college costs because most expenses are paid by a funding mechanism established by the legislation. Dual Enrollment covers students to enroll full-time (12 semester hours) in postsecondary institutions to earn high school and college credits simultaneously.
Interested students need to meet with their high school counselor and parents to discuss the guidelines and responsibilities of the Dual Enrollment program. Students are eligible to participate in Dual Enrollment if they are entering 11th or 12th grade, as determined by the local system, and have spent the prior school year in attendance at a public high school in Georgia. Before students become Dual Enrollment candidates, they must meet the admission requirements of the selected college/university. Once accepted, students will need to complete the application form, meet the dual enrollment requirements as set by the eligible institution in addition to the GaDOE guidelines, and select approved courses to take at the college level that meet the high school graduation requirements.
Tuition, materials, fees and possibly books are paid through Dual Enrollment funding. Food, transportation, and other costs are the responsibility of the student. Students participating in Dual Enrollment are not eligible for any other state student financial aid at an eligible institution for courses taken under the program. They can receive additional institutional aid or local scholarships from the local postsecondary institution they are attending. Dual Enrollment course hours do not count against any maximum hourly caps for HOPE scholarships or grants. Students may live on campus or commute and the student is responsible for expenses related to these living costs. Students entering grade nine for the first time during the 2011-2012 school year and beyond, will need to pass the Georgia High School Writing Test and take Georgia public high school End of Course Tests, which contributes to 20% of the course grade.
Questions and answers from the Georgia Department of Education.
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