To be eligible for the Dual Enrollment Grant program, a student enrolled in an eligible high school must be admitted to and enrolled in an eligible postsecondary institution. Institutional admission requirements will govern the initial grant eligibility of dual enrollment students. A student must be a Tennessee resident, as defined by regulations promulgated by the Tennessee Board of Regents under TCA §49-8-104.
To be eligible, the student must:
- Have completed all the academic requirements of the 10th grade (high school sophomore) and be classified as an 11th grader (high school junior) or 12th grader (high school senior) by the student’s high school.
- Apply for the grant as a junior and/or senior prior to high school graduation;
- Complete and submit the Dual Enrollment Grant application on-line by the deadline date as indicated below;
- Meet admissions criteria for dual enrollment for the postsecondary institution to which the student will enroll as a dual enrolled student;
- Enrollment at the postsecondary institution requires no minimum number of hours.
- Comply with United States Selective Service System requirements for registration, if such requirements are applicable to the student;
- Comply with federal drug-free rules and laws for receiving financial assistance;
- Not be in default on a federal Title IV educational loan or Tennessee educational loan;
- Not owe a refund on a federal Title IV student financial aid program or a Tennessee student financial aid program;
- Not be incarcerated;
- Not have already received a high school diploma, revised General Education Development (GED) diploma or HiSET;
- Be attending an eligible postsecondary institution. Click Here for listing.
Home School Student:
- A student who is completing high school in a Tennessee home school program prior to July 1, 2021, meeting the requirements of TCA §49-6-3050 (a)(2), (a)(3), or (b) for one (1) year immediately preceding completion of home school enrollment; or
- A student who is completing high school in a Tennessee home school program on or after July 1, 2021. No further requirements under TCA §49-6-3050 are needed to qualify.
Length of Eligibility
A student’s participation in the Dual Enrollment Grant program is limited to the remaining amount of time normally required to complete the high school diploma, from the time of initial participation in the program. The grant is available for the summer terms, prior to graduation from high school.
Credit Hours and Grade Average Determination Rule
- The grade point average is the numbered grade average calculated using a 4.00 grading scale, calculated to the hundredth decimal.
- The postsecondary cumulative grade point average used to determine eligibility for a renewal of a Dual Enrollment Grant must be calculated by the institution the student is currently attending, utilizing its institutional grading policy and must be based on all credit hours attempted, except as otherwise provided in these rules.
- Courses in which a student enrolls as an audit student for which no college credit will be received cannot be paid with a Dual Enrollment Grant award.
- Students who obtain a grade change shall notify the Registrar’s Office at the postsecondary institution within thirty (30) calendar days of the grade change. If the grade change makes the student eligible for a Dual Enrollment Grant, the student can be awarded retroactively in the current award year. If the grade change affects the student’s eligibility from the previous award year, the award may be adjusted in the current award year.
- Semester hours attempted under the Dual Enrollment Grant program grant shall not count toward the total semester hours attempted at postsecondary institutions for purposes of Tennessee HOPE Scholarship eligibility.
- The corresponding grades for the postsecondary credit hours taken as a dual enrollment credits shall not be included in the postsecondary cumulative grade average for purposes of the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship program.
- To be eligible for a Dual Enrollment Grant for any semester beyond the first semester of receipt, the student shall continue to meet all eligibility requirements for the grant and shall achieve a cumulative college grade point average of 2.75 for all postsecondary courses attempted while participating in the Dual Enrollment Grant program.
- A student enrolled in a matriculating status at an eligible postsecondary institution shall qualify for an award payment for distance learning courses; if all other eligibility requirements are met.