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Dual Enrollment for the 20-21 School Year
With the changes in applications and the passing of HB 444, we already anticipated a lot of changes and adjustments to the Dual Enrollment process this year. As you may expect, the COVID-19 situation has indeed complicated our procedures and processes for Summer dual enrollment and beyond.
Below, you will find general information regarding how we will proceed with the dual enrollment process for students interested in the Summer and/or Fall 2020 semesters. Please note that this situation is extremely fluid, and this information is subject to change at any time. I will continue to update this website with new information as I receive it.
Students wishing to participate in Dual Enrollment for the upcoming year must complete the following steps:
1) Fill out the application for Dual Enrollment through the school in which you are interested. Please be sure to select options that show you are a dual enrollment student.
2) Fill out the Student Participation Agreement (SPA) form as well as the Funding Application through Georgia Futures. This may all be one application at this point, but I unfortunately don't have the ability to see things from the student perspective at this time so I don't know for sure. IMPORTANT: Students who previously filled out the paper SPA agreement MUST fill out the online SPA agreement as well.
3) If you haven't already, please submit the GCPS permission form to me. You may find this form here. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You may simply take a picture of the two pages and email them to me. At this time, all permission forms are due to Mrs. Ludewig no later than May 1st.
Regarding SAT/ACT Testing Requirements
We recognize that some students may have been signed up for the March SAT or April ACT. Students interested in DE at GGC may sign up to take the June ACT and/or SAT. Please be sure to submit scores directly to GGC when you sign up, as submitting after the fact may be too late. For students interested in Gwinnett Tech, please consider submitting PSAT scores OR taking the accuplacer. At this time, the only option would be to submit PSAT scores. If you need your PSAT scores submitted, you MUST contact Mrs. Ludewig to have them submitted. My email address is email@example.com.
Students who need to submit their high school transcript for DE may do so through Georgia Futures. If you have a Georgia Futures account and are receiving an error message when trying to send your transcript, it is most likely due to you not having your social security number on file at Collins Hill. Typically, your SSN is added by bringing your card to school so that we may make a copy of it to add to your file. At this time, we do not have a plan in place for updating your SSN, however we are working with the county and the colleges/universities to find a solution. Any updates will be posted here.
Changes to DE as a result of HB 444
HB 444 brings a lot changes to the Dual Enrollment program. The bill has passed both the House and Senate, and we are now waiting for Governor Kemp to sign it to make things official. While it is possible that some information may change, these are the major changes that we will be seeing for the upcoming year. Please see the document linked below for more information on changes in Dual Enrollment.
A couple of important notes:
- Freshmen students are no longer eligible to participate in the Dual Enrollment program. This includes Fall semester, Spring semester, and Summer semester after freshman year.
- In regards to the new cap on hours, students currently in the dual enrollment are NOT "grandfathered in." Students with 18 or less hours (including Spring 2020 semester) may take up to 30 hours. Students with 19 hours or more may take 12 more semester hours total. There are NO exceptions to this. A couple of examples:
Student A has taken 6 hours worth of courses. This student may take another 24 hours of Dual Enrollment courses.
Student B has taken 12 hours worth of courses. This student may take another 18 hours of Dual Enrollment courses.
Student C has taken 24 hours worth of courses. This student may take another 12 hours of Dual Enrollment courses.
Student D has taken 36 hours worth of courses. This student may take another 12 hours of Dual Enrollment courses
The New SPA & Funding Application
As mentioned in other sections, GSFC has rolled out a new application. Now, the previous paper Student Participation Agreement (SPA) is part of the Funding Application. If you filled out a paper SPA form, you will still need to fill out the electronic SPA form. If you previously ONLY filled out the Funding Application, once you log into GA Futures and go to your DE Dashboard, you should be able to update your application to include the Student Participation Agreement.
Gwinnett Tech has graciously distributed a step-by-step guide for navigating the new all-in-one application. While the prompts on this document are for Gwinnett Tech, you may use this as a guide for any other college or university you are applying to should you need some help. Click here for the step-by-step SPA & Funding Application walkthrough.
Class scheduling information
Because we often run into scheduling concerns and issues, I wanted to provide some information regarding class scheduling. Please review the information below.
Part Time Students
Beginning this year, the combination of classes our non-full-time students will need has changed. For any students who are NOT enrolled in dual enrollment full time, you must have a total of 6 classes between CHHS and the college in which you are enrolled. For example:
1 DE class + 5 CHHS classes
2 DE classes + 4 CHHS classes
3 DE classes + 3 CHHS classes
4 DE classes + 0 CHHS classes
Full Time Students
Full time students typically take 4 classes a semester, which is typically 12-14 college credit hours per semester. Students are allowed to take up to 15 hours a semester. Anything over this would be at the student's expense. I personally recommend limiting classes to 4 per semester, especially if this is a student's first time taking college classes.
Flexibility With Your Schedule
The Perfect Schedule: Dual enrollment is not a guarantee of a perfect schedule. Colleges do not reserve spots for dual enrollment students, thus students are registering for classes in the same way that regular college students are. Sometimes, desired classes are full or classes aren't offered at the time you desire. Additionally, CHHS courses are not all offered every period of every day, and sometimes classes are full. We do our best to work with you to create a schedule that will best fit your needs, but we cannot guarantee classes will be offered when you need them.
Intentional Planning: When making your DE schedule, please consider what classes you have to take at CHHS. If you create a schedule that keeps you at the college from 930-1230, but you need 4 classes at CHHS as well, there is no physical way to accomodate this. I recommend grouping classes either at the beginning of the day or later in the afternoon to best work with your CHHS schedule. I've had some students have to go to CHHS, then the college, then back to CHHS, and the overall feedback is that they do not like having to do this. Be conscious of what classes you are choosing and when.
Travel Time: I recommend students reserve at least 30 minutes for travel time. While GGC and GTC are closeby, it takes time to walk to your car, get to the college, find parking, and get to your college class. Do not plan to be finished with class at 11:08am and make it on time for a 11:30 class. I promise you will most likely be late, and we do not want students feeling rushed on the road to get to class on time.
Please see the presentation below for general information regarding the Dual Enrollment program.