Dual Enrollment. Earn High School & College Credit at the Same Time!

My daughter, Sydney, took advantage of Dual Enrollment during her junior and senior years in Utah.  She graduated high school with one year's worth of college credit.  The only thing we had to pay for were the books.  It was a valuable way to help her along the path to finishing college early with much less expense.  Dual enrollment generally refers to high school students taking college courses.  If these students pass their college classes, they receive credit that is applied toward their high school diploma and toward a college degree or certificate.  Hopefully more parents will find out about this option and take advantage of the opportunities available to them.
The state of Georgia has dual enrollment or joint enrollment available (more information here) but they usually don't promote it.  The schools in Georgia love to push Advanced Placement (AP) classes instead.  I don't know if it's a money thing or what, but you would have to have some sort of inside knowledge to even ask a high school counselor about the option of "dual enrollment."  It is paid for with funds from the state ACCEL program.

Previously you had to be enrolled in an accredited homeschool to take advantage of the ACCEL program, but that has now changed.  ACCEL funds are now available to traditional homeschoolers for Dual Enrollment.  At their quarterly meeting on May 11, 2012, the Board of Commissioners of GSFC approved a change in ACCEL regulations to define Eligible High School as: "any public or private secondary educational institution, including unaccredited Home Study or Home School programs".  This is effective beginning with the Fall term of 2012. A homeschool student no longer needs to be enrolled in an accredited homeschool program to qualify for Dual Enrollment funding.   However, there are some changes to the level of funding for everyone. ACCEL funds will pay the full tuition charge, but it will no longer pay for fees or provide a book allowance. Funding for private colleges has not changed. More information is here.

There is a wonderful article about the benefits of dual enrollment titled, "When choosing high school classes, why not pick college instead?" by Rob Jenkins, an associate professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College.  You can read it here.

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