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Dual Enrollment Resources

What is Dual Enrollment?

Dual enrollment allows students to take college courses and receive high school and postsecondary credit at the same time. Students can take dual enrollment courses at Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, community colleges, and 4-year institutions. By taking dual enrollment courses, students save time and money for their college education.  Dual enrollment is one of the many early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs) that are available to Tennessee students. Other EPSOs include Advanced Placement, dual credit, Cambridge International, etc. You can find more information on all EPSOs here.

What is the Dual Enrollment Grant?

In Tennessee, students who take dual enrollment courses are eligible to receive the Dual Enrollment Grant for college courses or programs at eligible postsecondary institutions. Students who are completing high school in a home school program can also take advantage of the Dual Enrollment Grant. The Dual Enrollment Grant currently provides $500 for a student’s first two courses and $200 for their third course. Students then receive $100 per credit hour for courses 5-10. Starting in January 2022, the grant award amount for the first four courses will be increased to cover the cost of tuition at Tennessee community colleges. For more information about the Dual Enrollment Grant, visit the Dual Enrollment Grant website here.     

Why should students take dual enrollment courses?

Dual enrollment courses allow students to experience college classes before they graduate, get a head start on earning college credit, accelerate their path toward the workforce, and save money on tuition. Studies show that students who take dual enrollment courses, particularly students who will be the first in their family to enroll in college, are more likely to earn a college degree.  

How does the GIVE Act impact dual enrollment?

Following the passage of the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) ACT, 11th and 12th-grade high school students now have new opportunities to take dual enrollment courses in Tennessee. Students taking courses or programs of study that lead to a high-need occupation now have additional funding for four fully-funded dual enrollment courses. A comprehensive list of eligible courses and programs is available in the dashboard below. 

GIVE-Eligible Courses

How are GIVE-eligible courses and programs determined?

Each year, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) partners with the Tennessee Department of Labor and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to identify high-need occupations in Tennessee. THEC staff identify higher education certificates, diplomas, and associate degree programs that prepare students for high-need occupations using a federal crosswalk. The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) uses this program list to identify the requisite courses and programs of study offered at Tennessee community colleges and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) that provide training for the high-need occupations. Finally, the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) Board of Directors approves the list of eligible programs at both the TCATs and community colleges. Upon approval by the TSAC Board, THEC/TSAC staff review the community college course list to finalize the GIVE-eligible courses.

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