High School Dual Enrollment
Accelerate your academic goals and opportunities while you're still in high school with Motlow's Dual Enrollment program.
Students in Cannon, DeKalb, Van Buren, Warren, and White Counties contact
Melody Edmonds, Director, McMinnville Center
Students in Rutherford County contact
Jonathan Graham, Tennessee Promise Coordinator/Dual Enrollment Specialist
Students in Coffee, Bedford, Moore, and Franklin Counties contact
Lori Mevis, HS Partnership Programs Specialist
Students in Lincoln county contact
Debra Smith, Tennessee Promise Coordinator
High School Dual Enrollment
Dual Enrollment allows high school and home schooled students to earn college credits for courses taken through Motlow while still being enrolled in high school. As a dual enrolled student, you are enrolled in both high school (or homeschool) and Motlow State Community College.
Benefits of Dual Enrollment for High School Students
- Earn college credits with affordable tuition
- Save tuition dollars by utilizing dual enrollment grant
- Broaden opportunities for academic challenge and expanded course selection
- Transition seamlessly from high school to college
- Start early earning credit toward a college degree by completing common core curriculum that transfers easily to Tennessee's public colleges and universities
High school students who have completed the 10th grade and meet ALL requirements for taking the desired college course(s) may apply. Motlow welcomes public, private and home schooled students.
- An agreement must exist between Motlow College and the student's high school to offer college-level courses for which both high school and college credits are simultaneously awarded.
- Student must choose courses through consultation with his/her high school counselor and a Motlow advisor to ensure the classes taken do not overlap or conflict with the student's overall high school program.
- Student must have completed the 10th grade.
- Student must have parent/guardian approval.(signature required on application)
- Student must have approval of high school principal.(signature required on application)
- Student must provide an official ACT/ACT Plan report with the required sub-score as outlined below. Students who wish to take:
- A collegiate mathematics or science course must have a Reading sub-score of 19 or greater, an English sub- score of 18 or greater, AND a Mathematics sub-score of 19 or greater.
- All other collegiate course (for example: English, History, Music, Psychology) must have a Reading sub-score of 19 or greater AND an English sub-score of 18 or greater.
ACT/ACT Plan scores on the high school transcript are acceptable. Applicants without ACT/ACT Plan scores or with ACT scores that are more than three years old should contact the Motlow College Testing Center at (931) 393-1763 to schedule an ACT test.
The COMPASS test may be used to challenge the ACT scores (not PLAN ACT scores). Learn more about the COMPASS test.
Apply to Motlow
- Complete the dual enrollment application for admission. There is no application fee.
- Complete and sign the Tennessee Eligibility Verification for Entitlement Agreement
- Provide a copy of your driver's license or birth certificate as proof of citizenship.
- If you are a full-time student (taking 12 or more academic credits in a semester/term), you must provide proof of two varicella (chicken pox) shots administered on or after the first birthday, or proof that you had the disease.
- Include an official copy of your high school transcript with your current GPA and official ACT scores.
Apply for Dual Enrollment Grant
Get your free dual enrollment grant money:
- Review the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant Rules and Procedures.
- Complete the online Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant Application.
Prepare for Your Classes
- Check the Motlow academic calendar and schedule for important deadlines and other timelines. You are responsible for these deadlines.
- Attend a mandatory orientation session in August before classes begin. The exact date will be posted by April 1.
- Pay your remaining fees by the Dual Enrollment payment due date as stated on the Motlow College calendar for the semester in which you are enrolled.
- Review the frequently asked questions about dual enrollment (below).
Dual Enrollment Grant
The Dual Enrollment Grant program is defined as a grant for study at an eligible postsecondary institution that is funded from net proceeds of the state lottery and awarded to students who are attending an eligible high school (or homeschool) and who are also enrolled in college courses at eligible postsecondary institutions for which they will receive college credit.
The Dual Enrollment Grant program which is funded through proceeds from the state lottery is a grant awarded to high school students who while still pursuing their high school diploma are also enrolled in college courses at an eligible post-secondary institution and are receiving both high school and college credits.
The Dual Enrollment Grant program is funded by the Tennessee Lottery and administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation.
- Important, read first: Dual Enrollment Grant Rules and Procedures
- Dual Enrollment Grant Application
- Grant FAQ for juniors
- Grant FAQ for seniors
- Grant authorization form for juniors
- Grant authorization form for seniors
- Grant application guide
Info for Parents
Students must complete a new Dual Enrollment Grant Application and submit a Dual Enrollment Grant Authorization by the deadline stated on the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) website for each semester they wish to receive the grant. Students who are taking two classes in the same semester and who fail to submit a Dual Enrollment Grant Authorization for that semester will not be eligible to receive the second grant.
Bills are automatically generated and emailed to student's Motlow College e-mail accounts prior to the start of the semester. It is the student's responsibility to regularly check their Motlow e-mail for this information.
Fees can be paid at any Motlow College campus. They can also be paid online in MyMotlow or by phone with a credit card by contacting the Motlow College Business Office at (800) 654-4877 ext. 1531.
State Employee Discounts
If your parent/guardian is a Tennessee public school teacher or a state employee, you may be eligible for discounted fees. Please ask your parent/guardian to see his/her Human Resources Office for the appropriate form.
Dual enrollment is a convenient and cost-effective way for homeschool students to transition to the college environment. You can jumpstart a college degree by earning transferable college credits while still in high school.
Motlow State Community College provides a fantastic opportunity for homeschool students to expand their knowledge, skills and diversity by offering what they can't experience at home — the labs and hands-on involvement and experience available at Motlow aren't usually available at high school.
Also, at Motlow, you can join academic clubs, attend sporting events and have access to our libraries.
Spring Semester 2016
Last day to drop classes and be deleted from the roll Last day for 75% refund
Last day to apply for Dual Enrollment Grant for Spring 2016
Last day for 25% refund
Last day to submit Fee Waivers and Fee Discount Forms
February 29 to March 5
Last day to pay for Dual Enrollment students
Last Day to drop classes with a "W"
April 29 to May 5
Final Exams: see exam schedule for days and times Commencement
What is the difference between "Dual" and "Joint" Enrollment?
"Dual" enrollment means you get credit for both a high school and a college class at the same time — one class that gets counted two places. It really is a great deal.
"Joint" enrollment means you are taking a college course while still enrolled in high school, but only earning college credit for the course. Your high school counselor can tell you whether the class you are taking qualifies as "dual" or "joint" enrollment for high school purposes. With either option, you are still earning college credit.
Do I have to take all my classes at a Motlow College campus?
No. We have three convenient options for you to choose from:
- Take classes at partner high schools - Motlow College has agreements with many of the area high schools to offer college courses on the high school campus. These courses are taught by Motlow faculty and conveniently available on partner high school campuses.
- Take online classes - For students who have issues with transportation, or for scheduling convenience, online courses are a great option. Many of Motlow's core classes are offered online and are available to high school students.
- Take classes on a Motlow College campus - Students are invited to come to any one of Motlow College's four campus locations - Moore County, Fayetteville, McMinnville or Smyrna. Available locations are dependent upon classes offered for a given semester, the student's high school schedule and the high school's determination of how credit is applied toward graduation.
Why take dual/joint enrollment classes?
An immediate benefit is to save money, but other benefits include getting a jump start on your college career and gaining some experience and confidence about college level work through an easier transition.
What are the requirements to qualify for a dual / joint enrollment course?
A high school student wishing to take a dual/joint enrollment course at Motlow College must meet all of the following requirements:
- Student must have completed the 10th grade.
- Student must have parent/guardian approval. (signature required on application)
- Student must have approval of high school principal or guidance counselor. (signature required on application)
- Student must provide an official ACT/ACT Plan report dated within the past three years with the required sub-score as outlined below. ACT/ACT Plan scores on the high school transcript are acceptable. Students who wish to take:
- A collegiate mathematics or science course must have a reading sub-score of 19 or greater, a writing sub-score of 18 or greater, AND a mathematics ACT/ACT Plan mathematics sub-score of 19 or greater.
- Any other collegiate course (for example: English, History, Music, Psychology) must have a reading sub-score of 19 or greater AND an English sub-score of 18 or greater.
What if my ACT or PLAN scores are not high enough for me to be eligible for a dual/joint enrollment course? Is there anything else I can do to qualify?
Students with ACT scores that do not meet the dual/joint enrollment required scores may challenge the ACT scores by taking the COMPASS exam on our campus. Students with PLAN scores below the minimum required scores may take the Residual ACT that is valid only for Motlow College. The results of this test cannot be sent to other colleges or used to apply for the Tennessee Lottery Scholarship. You must have completed a Motlow College application to be eligible for the Residual ACT. To find out test dates and times and to schedule a test, call our testing center at (800) 654-4877 ext. 1763 or (931) 393-1763.
How do I request a copy of my Motlow College transcript when I graduate from high school?
Official transcripts can be sent directly to another educational institution or business only by written request from the student. Complete a transfer request form to have your Motlow College academic records sent to another college or university. You can also pick up these forms at any Motlow location. Transcript requests can also be submitted by mailing a signed request including your name and Motlow Student A# and the address you would like the transcript to be sent.
High school students who enroll in Motlow State Community College classes through their high school, on campus or on line are officially entering college and establishing an official college transcript.
Coursework at Motlow requires students to pursue their education in the classroom and on their own. Students are expected to be prepared for each class and should be prepared to offer information, thoughts and ideas to the class discussion. Students are expected to reach out to their professor if they don't understand the content or expectations. Students should also take advantage of tutoring services offered by the Motlow if needed.
Guidelines for Parents
- Review all dual enrollment information provided and discuss requirements and responsibilities with student.
- Assist student in preparing dual enrollment application documents including shot record information and appropriate signatures.
- Submit any applicable discount forms to high school counselor with application documents by the announced deadline.
- Assist student with online application for Dual Enrollment Grant each semester.
- Make certain that the social security number provided is correct. Motlow must have student's social security number to verify the dual enrollment grant.
- File the application using the proper given name rather than a nickname.
- Provide high school counselor with signed Dual Enrollment Grant Program Authorization form for students taking two or more dual enrollment courses.
- Pay student's tuition fees prior to announced fee payment deadline each semester.
Students must complete a new Dual Enrollment Grant Application and submit a Dual Enrollment Grant Authorization (juniors, seniors) by the deadline stated on the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) website for each semester they wish to receive the grant. Students who are taking two classes in the same semester and who fail to submit a Dual Enrollment Grant Authorization for that semester will not be eligible to receive the second grant.