High School Programs
Earn college credit while still in high school.
Georgia’s Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified high school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time!
Under Dual Enrollment, students may take academic core courses that can transfer to TCSG (Technical College System of Georgia) colleges or USG (University System of Georgia) colleges and universities. Students may also take occupational and career courses that can help jump start a career.
Students who are in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades, attend a participating Georgia high school or an approved home study program may qualify to take college level courses under the Dual Enrollment Program.
Tell me about getting started.
Who is eligible?
- A student must be enrolled in and physically attending a participating eligible public or private high school in Georgia or an eligible participating home study program in Georgia.
- A student must be approved by the participating high school or home study program at which he or she is enrolled, to participate in dual enrollment.
- Prior to participating in Dual Enrollment, as part of the application process, the student and student’s parent/guardian must complete the Student Participation Agreement (SPA).
- A student must have completed the admission process and been accepted and approved by the participating postsecondary institution.
- All postsecondary coursework must be completed prior to high school graduation or home study completion in order to receive Dual Enrollment credit and funding.
- Meet federal Selective Service registration requirements, per Georgia state law. The requirement to register applies to males who were born on or after January 1, 1960, are at least 18, are citizens or eligible non-citizens who came to the United States prior to age 26.
Students who meet all eligibility requirements will receive an award amount to be applied to tuition, mandatory fees, and required books for up to 15 semester hours per term. This amount would be paid directly to OFTC. There is a maximum (funding cap) of 30 credit hours per participating student. Students may be responsible for certain course-related fees or supplies.
How do I apply?
Students must complete the Enrollment Requirements for the OFTC Dual Enrollment program.
Is it free?
The state of Georgia has set aside funds to cover the tuition and non-course related fees for all qualified students for a maximum of 30 credit hours. Under the Dual Enrollment Funding Program, the college provides the textbooks, however students may be required to pay for course related supplies or fees.
Books will be provided by OFTC. English, history, psychology, sociology and political science textbooks will be made available in a free online version.
May I still participate in high school activities?
Yes! You may participate in all high school-related activities, sports and clubs.
Tell me about the classes.
Which courses can I take?
Dual enrollment students can take occupational or degree level courses. Approved courses for Dual Enrollment are listed in the GAfutures Dual Enrollment Course Directory. Courses must be taken from student’s program of study and approved by their high school guidance counselor and OFTC high school coordinator.
Where are classes held?
Classes may be held on the college campus, the high school campus, or taken online. Classes may be taken in the fall, spring, or summer term.
How many courses can be taken in a semester?
Dual Enrollment funding is limited to 15 credit hours a semester.
What is the difference between Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) classes?
After you successfully complete a college course, you are awarded college credit and a grade, both of which will appear on your high school and college transcript. With an Advanced Placement course, you must pay for and pass a standardized exam with a 3 or higher (most colleges prefer a 4 or 5) to possibly receive college credit for the course taken.
Will my OFTC college credits transfer?
Generally, most academic courses with a “C” or higher will transfer but students should check with the college of their choice regarding transferability. Grades earned in these courses become part of the student’s college transcript.
There are 28 general education courses taught by TCSG colleges that are guaranteed to transfer to any of the University System of Georgia’s colleges and universities. TCSG has transfer agreements with many of Georgia’s private colleges as well.
More questions? No problem.
Getting answers to your question is as easy as an email or phone call to one of OFTC’s High School Coordinators or your local high school guidance counselor.
OFTC’s High School Initiatives Team
For Bleckley, Dodge, Laurens, Telfair, Wheeler, and Wilkinson Counties:
Robbie Hobbs, High School Initiatives Coordinator
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 478-274-7765 | Fax – 1-800-732-0589
For Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Warren, and Washington Counties:
Jennifer Todd, High School Initiatives Coordinator
Email – email@example.com
Phone – 478-553-2098 | Fax – 1-800-853-1336
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org