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Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment is a program in Georgia that provides funding for students at eligible high schools who are enrolled to take approved college-level coursework for credit towards both high school and college graduation requirements. MECHS is an eligible high school that participates in Georgia's Dual Enrollment program. 

At each MECHS Site, Dual Enrollment Coordinators work with students every step of the way, from navigating the application process to recommending coursework to making sure credits are transferred to MECHS. Students can even get assistance with their college coursework from teachers at their site.

Georgia Department of Education Dual Enrollment Information

GAfutures Dual Enrollment Information

Technical College System of Georgia Dual Enrollment Information

All About Dual Enrollment

Facts

  • MECHS students can participate in Dual Enrollment in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. If the postsecondary institution has limits (age, grade, etc.), they must abide by those.
  • Students must apply and be accepted into a postsecondary institution in order to participate in the Dual Enrollment program. This can mean scoring at a minimum level on an SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER exam.
  • Students can participate in Dual Enrollment in all available semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer).
  • MECHS students MUST work with their site's Dual Enrollment Coordinator, who advises them and approves all coursework. 
  • Courses must be selected from the approved Dual Enrollment Course Directory. There are thousands of options.
  • Georgia high school students have four years of Dual Enrollment eligibility beginning with their 9th grade entry date.

Benefits

  • Dual Enrollment is FREE (with the possible exception of lab fees, parking fees, etc.).
  • Dual Enrollment allows students to "get the best of both worlds." Students can gain real insight into what college is really like while maintaining access to as much or as little academic support as needed.

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of courses are offered through Dual Enrollment?

There is a wide variety of course options for students through the Dual Enrollment program. These range from career-focused courses that directly impact employability to academically rigorous courses that will transfer to a 4-year university. There is no "typical" MECHS Dual Enrollment experience. Each student's experience is different, depending on interests, goals, and life situations.

How much does Dual Enrollment cost?

Tuition, textbooks, and instructional materials for Dual Enrollment courses are FREE for up to 15 credit hours of coursework per semester. Some courses may require laboratory or materials fees. Some institutions may require parking fees for students attending classes on campus.

Will Dual Enrollment count against the HOPE Scholarship or the HOPE Grant credit hours cap?

No. Participation in the Dual Enrollment program will not count against the HOPE credit hour cap.

What happens if a student drops a Dual Enrollment course?

If a student drops a course within the "Drop/Add" period at the beginning of a semester, there is no consequence. It is as if the course was never taken at all and does not show up on the student's high school or college transcript.

What happens if a student withdraws from a dual enrollment course?

  • If, after the "Drop/Add" period but within the "Withdrawal" period, a student withdraws from a course, he/she receives a "W" for the course.
  • If, after the "Withdrawal" period, a student withdraws from a course, he/she receives a "W/F" for the course. This counts as an "F" on the student's high school and college transcripts. 
  • Both "W" and "W/F" counts toward the number of attempted college hours involved in the calculation of "Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)." SAP requires that students complete 67% of the courses they attempt in order to remain in good academic standing with the college and with the Georgia Student Finance Commission (who funds dual enrollment courses). If a student drops below a 67% completion rate, he/she may take courses for one semester on probation in order to earn additional credits to reach the required 67% rate.   

What happens if a student fails a Dual Enrollment course?

  • If a student fails a Dual Enrollment course, he/she will receive an "F" on both their high school and college transcripts.
  • This counts toward the number of attempted college hours involved in the calculation of "Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)." SAP requires that students complete 67% of the courses they attempt in order to remain in good academic standing with the college and with the Georgia Student Finance Commission (who funds dual enrollment courses). If a student drops below a 67% completion rate, he/she may take courses for one semester on probation in order to earn additional credits to reach the required 67% rate.   

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Commonly Attended Dual Enrollment Institutions