Dual Enrollment Grant

(Online Application)

RULES AND PROCEDURES

The Dual Enrollment Grant program is defined as a grant for study at an eligible postsecondary institution that is funded from net proceeds of the state lottery and awarded to students who are attending an eligible high school and who are also enrolled in college courses at eligible postsecondary institutions for which they will receive college credit.

The Dual Enrollment Grant program is funded by the Tennessee Lottery and administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. This program provides opportunities for students to begin working toward a college degree, while still pursuing a high school diploma.

Eligibility and Participation Requirements

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 Chapter 0240-2-2, Classifying Students In-State and Out-of-State, as promulgated by the Tennessee Board of Regents, for one year as of the application deadline of the semester of enrollment in an eligible postsecondary institution. To be eligible, the student must:

  1. Have completed all of 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.
  2. Apply for the grant as a junior and/or senior prior to high school graduation;
  3. Complete and submit the Dual Enrollment Grant application on-line by the deadline date for each semester as indicated below;
  4. Meet admissions criteria for dual enrollment for the postsecondary institution to which the student will enroll as a dual enrolled student;
  5. Enrollment at the postsecondary institution requires no minimum number of hours.
  6. Comply with United States Selective Service System requirements for registration, if such requirements are applicable to the student;
  7. Be in compliance with federal drug-free rules and laws for receiving financial assistance;
  8. Not be in default on a federal Title IV educational loan or Tennessee educational loan;
  9. Not owe a refund on a federal Title IV student financial aid program or a Tennessee student financial aid program;
  10. Not be incarcerated;
  11. Not have already received a high school diploma, revised General Education Development (GED) diploma or HiSET;
  12. Be a Tennessee resident one (1) year prior to enrollment; and
  13. Be attending an eligible postsecondary institution. Click Here for listing.

Home School Student:

Home School Student: A student who is completing high school in a Tennessee home school program meeting the requirements of §49-6-3050 shall have been a student in a home school associated with a church-related school as defined by §49-50-801 for one (1) year immediately preceding completion of high school as a home school student or a student who is completing high school in a Tennessee home school program meeting the requirements of §49-6-3050 for one (1) year immediately preceding completion of high school as an independent home school student whose parent or guardian has given notice to the local school director of a Tennessee school district under §49-6-3050(b)(1) of intent to conduct a home school. 

 

AWARD AMOUNTS AT ELIGIBLE TWO-YEAR AND FOUR-YEAR POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS

The award amounts at eligible two-year institutions and four-year institutions will be as follows:

  • Up to $500 – Course #1
  • Up to $500 – Course #2
  • Up to $200 – Course #3
  • No award – Course #4
  • Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #5
  • Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #6
  • Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #7
  • Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #8
  1.  DEG award amounts for courses 5-8 shall not exceed $600 per semester ($1,200 per year).
  2.  A student may receive funding for one (1) course per semester. To receive funding for one additional course per semester, the student must meet the minimum HOPE Scholarship academic requirements at the time of dual enrollment.  For more details, please see the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements. 
  3.  Students who receive the Dual Enrollment Grant amount for more than four (4) dual enrollment courses over the junior and senior years will have the amount reduced from their Tennessee HOPE Scholarship on a dollar for dollar basis. 
  4.  College courses attempted and the number of years enrolled as dual enrolled students shall not count against the 120 semester hours and five (5) years limitation for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship program. 
  5.  The Dual Enrollment Grant shall be used for lower division (courses numbered 100-200 or 1000-2000) postsecondary degree-seeking courses.

AWARD AMOUNTS AT TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTIONS

  • Up to $100 per clock hour – Course #1
  • Up to $100 per clock hour – Course #2
  • Up to $100 per clock hour – Course #3
  • Up to $100 per clock hour – Course #4
  • Up to $100 per clock hour – Course #5
  • Up to $100 per clock hour – Course #6
  • Up to $100 per clock hour – Course #7
  • Up to $100 per clock hour – Course #8
  1. DEG award amounts shall not exceed $600 per term ($1,200 per academic year).
  2. A student may receive funding for one (1) course per semester. To receive funding for one additional course per semester, the student must meet the minimum Tennessee HOPE Scholarship academic requirements at the time of dual enrollment.  For more details, please see the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements. 
  3. Students who receive the Dual Enrollment Grant amount for more than four (4) dual enrollment courses over the junior and senior years will have the amount reduced from their Tennessee HOPE Scholarship on a dollar for dollar basis. 

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

  1. The grade point average is the numbered grade average calculated using a 4.00 grading scale, calculated to the hundredth decimal.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Two-year and Four-year Eligible Postsecondary Institutions

September 15 – Fall Semester
February 1 – Spring Semester
May 15 – Summer Semester

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Institutions

November 1 – Fall Semester
March 1 – Spring Semester
May 15 – Summer Semester

Except for weekends and holidays, the on-line application must be completed by the student and received by TSAC on dates as indicated above.