Dual Enrollment at Columbia State Community College
Dual enrollment allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll in Columbia State Community College (CSCC) classes and receive both college credit and high school credit for these classes. Parental permission and personal transportation are required.
Cost of enrollment may be covered through the Dual Enrollment Grant (DEG) program funded by the Tennessee Lottery and administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC). The award amounts are as follows: up to $500 for the first course; up to $500 for the second course; up to $200 for the third course; and no award for the fourth course. For courses 5-8 there will be $300 awarded. Awards 5-8 will continue to be deducted from a student’s HOPE scholarship amount their freshman year. Any balance for a class above the grant amount is the responsibility of the student.
Steps to enrollment (Access all forms online at CSCC dual-enrollment.)
- Go to www.columbiastate.edu and complete the Dual Enrollment Application and the DEG Application. (If first time for the grant, create a TSAC account.)
- Print and complete the CSCC Dual Enrollment Consent Form. Take the Consent Form to Guidance and request that it be sent to CSCC along with your transcript and ACT scores.
- After you receive your CSCC log-in, register for CSCC classes. (There are ACT prerequisites for many courses.) CSCC class times may not conflict with your CUS schedule.
- Take a copy of the CSCC Student Detail Schedule to Guidance for the class to be included in your CUS schedule.
- For each subsequent semester, reapply for the grant, register for classes, and turn in a copy of the CSCC Student Detail Schedule to the Guidance Office.
To stay in the Dual Enrollment program while in high school, a student must maintain a 2.0 GPA in the college courses taken. To remain eligible for the Dual Enrollment Grant, students must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA in their dual enrollment college courses. Additional requirements and restrictions regarding the DEG may be viewed at the TSAC website.
Dual Enrollment at Northfield Workforce Development and Conference Center
Columbia State Community College and the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs) at Hohenwald and Pulaski offer programs for high school students at the Northfield location. (See www.trainatnorthfield.org.) Juniors and seniors may apply for one of the following areas: Advanced Integrated Industrial Technology, Automotive Technology, Computer Numerical Control (Machine Tool Technology), and Industrial Maintenance. Completion of at least 3 credits in one of these could count as a Focus Area for graduation purposes.
Steps to enrollment:
- Apply for dual enrollment with the appropriate TCAT- Hohenwald or Pulaski. (For CSCC classes, follow the CSCC procedures above.)
- Create a TSAC account if you have not done so previously and complete the online DEG Application.
- Take a copy of TCAT class schedule to Guidance for the class to be included in your schedule.
- For each subsequent semester, complete the DEG Application, register for classes, and turn in a copy of your class schedule to the Guidance Office.
To remain eligible for the Dual Enrollment Grant, students must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA in their dual enrollment college courses. Parental permission is required. Transportation is not provided.