Dual Enrollment Helps High School Students Reduce College Costs

Dual enrollment classThe Dual Enrollment program at Volunteer State Community College provides high school students the opportunity to take college courses while still in high school.  “Dual Enrollment is a great way for high school students to get a head start on college as they save on the cost of tuition,” stated Michael Powell, director of Vol State at Livingston. 

High school juniors and seniors who meet the academic requirements may enroll in college courses and the college credits earned can be simultaneously applied to college and high school graduation.  

The courses, taught by Vol State faculty, may be available at the high school campus, at the college campus, or online.  Some courses offered are English Composition I and II, American History I and II, Elementary Statistics, Psychology, and Music Appreciation.

Taking college classes while still in high school can help ease the transition from high school to college and may reduce the time and money that is spent on college.   By earning Vol State credits or transferring the credits to other post-secondary institutions, students may complete their college degree sooner. Some students graduate with as many as 24 college credits; approximately 25 percent of a bachelor’s degree completed while in high school. The cost of dual enrollment classes at Vol State is nearly half the cost of a four year university.  A dual enrollment grant, offered by the State of Tennessee for eligible students, can offset the cost of these college classes.

Interested students should contact their high school guidance counselor to determine if they meet the academic standards and for course selection. The College offers dual enrollment courses throughout the Vol State coverage area.

For more information about Dual Enrollment visit the website.


Pictured: Greg Pryor teaches History to Dual Enrollment students at Vol State's Livingston Campus