Earn college credit while in high school and start toward your college degree today - for little to no cost!
The dual enrollment program allows eligible students to work toward both a high school diploma and a college degree at the same time. For each course, students earn honors credit at the high school level and college hours at the postsecondary level. Most college credits will transfer to public colleges and universities in and out of state!
Students participating in dual enrollment are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll and complete college, and have higher grade point averages in college than those who do not participate.
- Be juniors or seniors in high school
- Have a minimum ACT score of 19 in math and 18 in English
- Have a 3.0 GPA (B average) in high school courses
- Meet individual course requirements
How do I get started?
- Meet with your high school counselor.
- Identify courses that meet high school graduation requirements and college requirements in your area of interest.
- Complete all dual enrollment forms and college application forms. (Get those from your school counselor.)
- Apply online for the dual enrollment grant.
- Apply for gap funding.
The majority of costs for dual enrollment are covered by the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant. Additional funding to cover the difference between the actual cost and what is provided by the scholarship may be available through MNPS and the colleges.
If you have completed the TDEG and submitted a free and reduced meals form to determine your eligibility, you are eligible to apply for an MNPS Gap Fund grant. If you are eligible to do so, please click here.
Students earn one high school credit for each semester college course of three credits or more. This enables students to earn a full high school credit in just one semester. Additionally, students earn college credits which do toward college completion, decreasing the amount of time needed to complete a degree.
Transition to College
While in high school, students have the support of their college and high school counselors, teachers and others before "going solo" full time in college. Students with college credits earned while in high school also have the opportunity to take fewer courses each semester in college to reduce the load and sitll graduate on time.
Contact your high school counselor to get started today!