Dual Enrollment provides opportunities for Georgia high school students to take college-level courses and earn concurrent credit toward a high school diploma and a college degree. Participation in dual enrollment eases the transition from high school to college, provides students an early start on their college careers, and offers meaningful and challenging academic experiences to qualified students, including those who might not otherwise have access to early college opportunities. Dual enrollment can help increase the number of high school graduates who are both college and career-ready.
Any eligible high school student may enroll full-time or part-time in approved credit-bearing college-level courses approved by the State Board of Education. Courses may be taken before, during, or after regular school hours on the college campus, online, or at the high school. Approved courses may count toward high school graduation requirements.
Accel is a non-need-based grant program offered during the fall, winter, and spring terms of the school year for students that wish to take college-level (academic-only, degree-level) coursework for credit towards both high school and college graduation requirements. Eligible students must meet certain criteria included in the Eligibility section of this document. The Accel Program is funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education and administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC).
Accel students may be enrolled part-time or full-time in college-level coursework. NOTE: All hours paid by the Accel program will be included in the combined paid-hours limit of 127 semester/190 quarter hours, which includes payments from the HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and Accel programs. Once a student has been paid Accel or HOPE for 127 semester hours or 190 quarter hours, that student is no longer eligible to continue to receive HOPE or Accel.
HOPE Grant Program
The HOPE Grant program is a non-need-based grant program, separate from the HOPE Scholarship, offered during the fall, winter, and spring terms of the school year at eligible high schools for Georgia residents seeking technical certificates or diplomas from TCSG and USG eligible postsecondary institutions. The Georgia Lottery for Education funds the Hope Grant program. The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) administers the program.
House Bill 149 (Move on When Ready) provides an arrangement whereby an eligible student entering 11th or 12th grade who spent the prior school year in attendance at a public high school in Georgia may take all of his or her courses at or through an eligible institution or a virtual course approved by the State Board of Education and receive secondary credit from his or her high school with the goal of completing graduation and high school diploma requirements. As with all dual enrollments, Move on When Ready (MOWR) students are enrolled in both the high school and the postsecondary institution and earn credits at both. Under HB149, dual enrollment funding for Move on When Ready students are provided through FTE, as arranged by the Department of Education.