Dual Enrollment Technical - HOPE Admission

The Dual Enrollment-HOPE program offers additional educational opportunities for motivated high school students to earn technical college credit as they meet their high school graduation requirements. High school students enrolling in this program are eligible to take required, non-general education courses within technical certificate or diploma programs. Georgia residency and U.S. citizenship requirements for HOPE program eligibility apply to Dual Enrollment-HOPE participants. Applicants must be in compliance with Selective Services registration requirements as well.

Dual Enrollment-HOPE applicants must complete the following steps in order to participate in this program:

  1. Be at least 16 years of age and have successfully completed the ninth grade;
  2. Submit official high school transcripts indicating a minimum high school grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from one of their high school counselors;
  4. Review the Dual Enrollment Agreement to Participate and submit a completed Dual Enrollment Acknowledgement Form with signatures of applicants, their parents/guardians, and high school counselor;
  5. Complete, sign, and submit the college's application for admission;
  6. Submit official COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, or ACT test scores;

Some technical certificate and diploma programs of study require students to be over the age of 18 to enroll in coursework associated with those programs. See the Curriculum section of the Athens Technical College catalog for specific age requirements. Applicants for the Dual Enrollment-HOPE program must gain regular admission status to participate. Applicants whose test scores place them in learning support coursework are not eligible to participate in this program. After gaining admission to Athens Technical College, high school students must complete the New Student Orientation and Registration prior to registering for the first semester at the college. At the end of each term, the student is responsible for requesting an official transcript for receiving credit for high school credit.

The Dual Enrollment-HOPE Grant program pays a portion of tuition and no fees or books for eligible students. The credit hours attempted by Dual Enrollment-HOPE students while in high school are not used to determine when students have reached the maximum number of hours for which they can receive payment from any combination of the HOPE Grant and the HOPE Scholarship programs.

Transportation and other expenses are the responsibility of the student. Students are responsible for items that are not covered by the Dual Enrollment-HOPE Grant, including all books, supplies, and equipment. It is mandatory that students purchase the books, supplies, and equipment required by the college instructor. Students will also be responsible for paying the tuition and other expenses for courses that are required in their program of study.

Dual enrollment students must complete the FAFSA Application in order to receive financial aid through the Dual Enrollment-HOPE Grant program. This application MUST be completed and renewed EACH academic year. The application is online at www.ga.college411.org or www.fafsa.ed.gov.

When completing the HOPE Grant application, students will be required to provide student and parental information. The Application is used to check general information and basic eligibility requirements for the Dual Enrollment-HOPE Grant program. If it is incomplete, the college's financial aid staff will automatically send students a letter or email requesting the required information or documentation before aid can be awarded.

For information about how to enroll in Dual Enrollment Technical program, please contact the High School Coordinator and/or go to Dual Enrollment Technical link on our website: