Dual Enrollment (DE) is a program that allows high school students in the state of Georgia to take college courses that can count for credit towards both high school graduation requirements and some college requirements.

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Dual Enrollment (DE) is a program that allows high school students in the state of Georgia to take college courses that can count for credit towards both high school graduation requirements and some college requirements.

Eligible students must:

• Attend eligible public, private, or home school high schools in Georgia

• Be enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade

• Be a Georgia resident (no additional citizenship required)

• Meet college admissions requirements for their DE program

• Meet high school participation requirements specific to Cobb County:

• Be on track for graduation

• Be in good academic standing

• Adhere to all of the policies specifically stated in the Cobb County School District Local School Agreement (provided on the forms page of this site)


• Must not have already received a high school diploma

Funding and Cost:

• Eligible students currently* receive 100% funding for:

• Tuition

• Books

• Mandatory fees

* Funding is subject to change based on future legislation

• The funding is paid directly to the college. The award chart for Dual Enrollment can be found on GAFutures.


Impact on HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships and Grants Eligibility

• Credit Hours paid for by DE are not counted toward the Attempted Hours or Combined Attempted Hours limit for HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship at the college level.


• Core credits earned and posted on the high school transcript are calculated into the student’s initial HOPE GPA, as described on GAFutures.

When considering Dual Enrollment (DE), students and parents should understand the characteristics of students who are successful in college classes. Students who are considering the DE program need to be:

• Organized

• Willing, eager, and able to take initiative

• Clear about the reason for their interest in DE

• Mature

• A self-advocate

• Flexible

• A good time manager

• Eligible for admission to the college

• Have reliable transportation and parking at both the college and high school

• Respond to and initiate communications with the college and high school in a timely manner (within 24 hours or less) – check your email!


• All GA public, private, and eligible home school students are eligible thru their 4 years of high school


• SAVE LOTS OF $$$ – Tuition, books, and mandatory fees are 100% covered

• Potential for simultaneous credit for high school and college

• College credits are not based on a test score (like AP/IB)

• Can ease the transition from high school to college

• Students can earn an Associates Degree, Technical Diploma, or Technical Certifications

• Students can start pursuing career goals earlier

• Greater access to a larger variety of courses

• More flexibility in scheduling

• Some students are truly ready to “Move On” (When Ready)

• EOCs not required for most classes (Am Lit, US History, Econ, Physical Science) – Exception – SB2 students…



• There may be some non-mandatory fees

• Examples – parking, course specific fees, lab materials, personal items, etc. – these are usually nominal


• Challenging classes taught by college professors

• Colleges generally communicate directly with student, usually via email

• Credits are NOT given weight for the Cobb County High School GPA UNLESS the student has first taken the highest level 1.0 EQP course available to them


• Some competitive colleges may not consider DE to be as rigorous as AP (see below for more information)


• Credit transferability is not guaranteed, especially for out-of-state and private colleges

• Students may miss high school announcements and activities

• Lack of daily interaction with friends may impact relationships, involvement, etc.

• Students will be in class with adults; at the very least older college students.

• College and high school calendars (thus, breaks) often DO NOT align

• Professors are unlikely to excuse absences for trips, playoff games, etc.

• Special Student Services must be arranged by the student/parent directly with the college (504, IEP, Healthcare Plans, etc.)


• Please speak with your case manager PRIOR to pursuing this option to determine appropriateness of DE


• College accommodations can be different than high school accommodations

• Parking is NOT always guaranteed at the high school

• Students at some high school are required to be off campus during their scheduled DE classes – INCLUDING ONLINE classes


• Student must factor in travel time, traffic, changing bell schedules, etc.

• The two schedules might “clash,” resulting in adjustments; sometimes conflicts are unresolvable. Students should schedule DE courses around their high school schedules


DE Courses vs. AP/IB Courses

• DE courses and AP/IB courses are viewed differently by each college and university. Some colleges have no preference. Some may prefer one over the other. Most competitive colleges determine rigor by evaluating what options are available to the student within the high school; therefore, for some high schools, DE may be a strong choice but for others, it may not be if students have many options available to them at the high school.


• It is the student/parent responsibility to verify college preferences/admissions/degree requirements for their schools of interest before deciding to participate in the DE program.


• As it is with AP/IB courses, DE courses may or may not be accepted by every college or meet requirements for certain degree programs.

Cobb County Deadlines

Cobb County School District has set countywide deadlines for all students who are applying for Dual Enrollment programs. This is to help ensure that students have the best chance at selecting the college schedule that they most prefer.

It is important to note that college deadlines often differ from the deadlines set below, and may be earlier. Students are encouraged to apply earlier than any posted deadline and where a college deadline might fall later, they will adhere to CCSD deadlines.

Fall – May 1

Spring – November 1

Summer – May 1

1. Attend your local high school’s mandatory DE Information Session.

2. Review admissions requirements for the desired college.

3. Apply to the college.

4. Request that an official transcript to be sent from the high school (if required).

5. Submit SAT/ACT/PSAT/ACCUPLACER scores directly to the college.

6. Meet with high school counselor to complete required paperwork (forms).

Students in Cobb County most frequently attend the colleges below for DE. Click on the links below to view their DE webpages (Disclaimer: CCSD deadlines vary from each college. You must follow the CCSD deadlines unless the college deadline is earlier.)

Chattahoochee Technical College

Georgia Highlands College

Georgia State University

Georgia State University: Perimeter College

Georgia Institute of Technology

Kennesaw State University

Completed College Application (on college website)

Student Participation Agreement

Student Advisement Agreement – coming soon!

Local School Agreement

GAFutures online funding application

Additional forms may be required by the specific college. It is the student’s responsibility to provide these forms to the high school counselor, if needed.

Individual high schools may have additional requirements.

• Check your email frequently for information from the college about your admission status.

• Sign up for the earliest possible orientation where you will learn about course registration and other important information.

• Register for classes that you and your counselor agreed upon (refer to your Student Participation Agreement*).

• Send your Detailed Schedule to your high school counselor. PDF is much preferred over screen shots and images. To save a webpage as a PDF:

• Open the printer settings for the browser (click Ctrl P as a shortcut)Change the printer setting to “Save as PDF” or “Microsoft to PDF”Click Save or Print

• Save the document

• Attach this document to an email to your high school counselor/DE coordinator.

*If you wish to make any changes to the courses that were agreed upon with your counselor, it is mandatory that you obtain permission from your counselor prior to registering for the course. You are required to resubmit a new schedule reflecting the change in order to receive funding for your class(es).

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