• Why Dual Enrollment?

    Dual enrollment is a program that allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to begin earning college credit while they are still in high school. High school students can begin transitioning their thinking from high school thinking to college thinking. If approved by your school, college courses may also apply towards high school requirements. Dual enrollment advising begins and ends under the guidance of your high school. Start by visiting your counselor or umbrella program to determine your eligibility, course suggestions and credit options.

  • What Are Dual Enrollment Grants?

    The state of Tennessee provides dual enrollment grants for students who meet the college's dual enrollment admissions criteria. The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) oversees the grant program.

    The State grant pays up to $300 per course or up to $600 for two courses per semester. The grant will cover a maximum of $1,200 per academic year. Students must maintain a 2.75 college GPA to retain eligibility each semester Students must reapply for the grant each semester.

    To apply for the dual enrollment grant, the state requires you to complete an online application.

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  • Tennessee Dual Enrollment Program

    Dual enrollment is a program that allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to begin earning college credit while they are still in high school. High school students can begin transitioning their thinking from high school thinking to college thinking. If approved by your school, college courses may also apply towards high school requirements. Dual enrollment advising begins and ends under the guidance of your high school. Start by visiting your counselor or umbrella program to determine your eligibility, course suggestions and credit options.


What is Dual Enrollment?

Definition: You are a high school junior or senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA and wish to begin earning college credit while still in high school.


The Many Benefits of Dual Enrollment!


  • High school juniors and seniors can explore college-level work while still supported by a network of parents, teachers and friends.
  • There is grant money available to take college classes while in high school! Once you graduate, you can never access those funds again.
  • Dual Enrollment credits are college credits, so they transfer to your college or university after you graduate from high school.
  • Dual Enrollment can mean Dual Credit. The college course, if approved by the high school, will count toward high school graduation requirements, as well.
  • You have the option of graduating from college sooner, or even better, of decompressing your college schedule or adding electives you might otherwise not have had the opportunity to take.

READY TO APPLY?
You’re just a few steps away!

  1. Complete an Application, either:
    • Online
    • Paper (can be printed or picked up at any of our 5 campus locations)
    • Please Note: First-time applicants are required to pay a one-time, non-refundable $10 application fee with their initial application.
  2. Request Documentation
    1. Transcripts
      • Request that your official high school transcripts be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
      • You must have a 3.0 high school GPA (or a 19 ACT composite score or a 19 PLAN composite score to participate.
    2. Complete both sides of the Dual Enrollment Consent Form
  3. Complete an application for the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant 
    1. Dual Enrollment Grant Application
    2. The Dual Enrollment Grant Additional Courses Agreement Form
      is for students who are taking two Dual Enrollment classes a semester and is required (each semester) in conjunction with the online DE Grant application.
  4. Receive Acceptance
      • An email and a letter of acceptance will be sent to you from the Office of Admissions and Recruitment letting you know your NEXT STEPS.
    Additional Requirements:
    To stay in the Dual Enrollment program while in high school, a student must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the college courses taken

    Remember, Dual Enrollment advising begins and ends under the guidance of your high school  Start by visiting your counselor or umbrella program to determine your eligibility, course suggestions and credit options.

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