Dual enrollment (DE) is a postsecondary course, taught either at the postsecondary institution or at the high school, by postsecondary faculty or credentialed adjunct faculty. Dual enrollment instructors must meet postsecondary requirements, but do not have to meet specific TN teacher licensure or endorsement requirements.
Dual enrollment courses can be taught at the postsecondary campus, the high school, or online. The location of the course does not affect its status as a dual enrollment course.
Students are enrolled at the postsecondary institution and earn postsecondary credit upon completion of the course. High school credit is awarded based on local policy.
Dual Enrollment Grant
The dual enrollment grant is one of the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships, and it provides grant funding for dual enrollment tuition and fees.
Information on grant eligibility and participation requirements is available on the Tennessee Student Assistance Cooperation website.
The dual enrollment grant pays the full cost of tuition and fees for a student’s first two dual enrollment courses at a community college ($500 per course). Additional, partial coverage of dual enrollment tuition using the dual enrollment grant is listed below. For students taking dual enrollment courses through a Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT), the grant provides $100 per contact hour (up to $600 per semester).
Dual Enrollment Grant 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 for the first course
- Up to $500 for the second course
- Up to $200 for the third course
- No award for the fourth course
- Up to $100 per credit hour for the fifth course
- Up to $100 per credit hour for the sixth course
- Up to $100 per credit hour for the seventh course
- Up to $100 per credit hour for the eighth course
- DEG award amounts for courses 5-8 shall not exceed $600 per semester ($1,200 per year).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Dual Enrollment Grant shall be used for lower division (courses numbered 100-200 or 1000-2000) postsecondary degree-seeking courses.
TCAT Dual Enrollment Pilot
The department and Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) are working with select high schools and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) to pilot early postsecondary partnerships beginning in the 2015-16 school year. The TCAT Dual Enrollment Program is intended to link secondary CTE programs of study with TCAT instruction for select courses to better serve students and create opportunities for high school students to earn postsecondary credit while in high school. Programs of study include: Diesel Technology, Cosmetology/Barbering, and Mechatronics.
The pilot is intended to:
- ensure better alignment with TCAT curriculum and instruction;
- allow students to begin working toward postsecondary credential/degree while still in high school; and
- identify options for transitioning the programs fully to postsecondary.
Schools interested in participating in the TCAT Dual Enrollment Program should contact Early.Postsecondary@tn.gov.