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Programs for High School Students

While you’re in high school, you can get a head start on college!

The High School Initiatives provide qualified Georgia high school students with the opportunity to earn postsecondary and possibly, high school credits before graduating from high school. There are two (2) programs available to high school students: ACCEL and HOPE Dual/Joint Enrollment.

Program One – ACCEL: For associate and four-year degree programs only.
Courses under this program must be taken from the approved course directory, which is supplied to all high school counselors. Only the courses toward the core graduation for college preparatory are permitted: English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and Foreign Language.

Program Two – HOPE Dual/Joint Enrollment: For certificate and diploma programs only.
HOPE Dual/Joint Enrollment provides high school juniors and seniors at accredited public and private high schools in the State of Georgia with the opportunity to earn postsecondary and secondary credits while simultaneously enrolled in college, university, or technical institutions.

Students participating in these programs must meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in a Georgia High School as a junior or senior.
  • Have acquired ASSET/COMPASS test scores for selected program of study (appropriate SAT or ACT test scores may be used).
  • Be at least 16 years of age.

The HOPE Grant pays tuition, partial fees, and gives book allowance for the college classes. The student would be responsible for fees not covered by HOPE, supplies, and any other costs which may exceed the book allowance.

Download the Dual and Joint Enrollment Application package

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