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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students who participate in Dual Enrollment are more likely to go to college and earn a degree. Taking college-level courses while still in high school builds confidence and encourages students who may not be thinking about college to reconsider.
- Dual Enrollment allows students to explore a variety of courses and interests. There are many courses available to students through Dual Enrollment that are not available at MECHS.
- Schedule a time to meet with the Dual Enrollment Coordinator at your site.
- Take appropriate Entrance Exam.
- Apply for admission as Dual Enrollment Student to institution of your choice.
- Work with DE Coordinator to determine appropriate courses.
- Maintain coursework at MECHS.
- Graduate high school with college credits!
- What types of courses are offered through Dual Enrollment?
- How much does Dual Enrollment cost?
- Will Dual Enrollment count against the HOPE Scholarship or the HOPE Grant credit hours cap?
- What happens if a student drops a Dual Enrollment course?
- What happens if a student withdraws from a dual enrollment course?
- What happens if a student fails a Dual Enrollment course?
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.
- 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 may receive a "W" or a "W/F" on the college transcript (depending on specific college policy). On the high school transcript, this will also be reflected.
- 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.
- 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.