Is Dual Enrollment For Me? Yes, If You ...

  • are a junior or senior in a local public high school or a qualified private or home-school program (exceptional sophomores may also be eligible with approval)
  • meet college readiness standards based on your ACT and high school Grade Point Average (GPA)

You should also be prepared to take on advanced coursework. College-level courses are more demanding and require more work than most courses you take in high school. The grades you receive will become a permanent part of your college academic record.

Students in the Dual Enrollment program have two enrollment options:

  • College Campus Based: Our college based Dual Enrollment Program enables students to take college courses at Southwest. High school students taking college classes at one of our locations experience the feeling of being at college and in a classroom environment. Students will need to provide their own transportation to and from class.
  • High School Based: Our high school based Dual Enrollment Program enables students to take college courses at their high school. Southwest has partner agreements with various area high schools who offer college courses at the high school. This option is only available if enough students are interested in participating in the same college course, so recruit your classmates. This is often the most convenient for the students and parents.

Benefits of Dual Enrollment

  • Enriches the course opportunities for outstanding high school students
  • Shortens the time to attain a college degree
  • Saves students and parents money
  • Provides students with college credit
  • Earns grades which will become part of the student's permanent college transcript

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Potential TSAC Grant

Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) offers a lottery based dual enrollment grant that can be used for dual enrollment if the student is eligible. The dual enrollment grant is funded through the state lottery and is available to apply towards the cost of courses. For more information visit the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) (opens new window) website.

Note: This grant is only available for high school juniors and seniors. The amounts are potential awards and not guaranteed. Each semester students must meet the requirements outlined for dual enrollment.

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How To Get Started

A great education is closer than you think. If you think dual enrollment at Southwest is for you, we are here to help.

  1. Meet with your school guidance counselor - Discuss your interest in dual enrollment with your parent or legal guardian and your high school guidance counselor.
  2. Contact the Southwest Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Kenderek Harris, at kharri11@southwest.tn.edu or call 901-333-4251. Dual enrollment experts help high school students explore dual enrollment opportunities, as well as career and post-high school academic options.
  3. Complete the Southwest online application. If you get stuck, contact the Dual Enrollment Coordinator. If your application can't be processed, we'll let you know what additional information is needed.
  4. Complete/submit the forms listed below. Remember to obtain the necessary signatures from your high school and parent/legal guardian.
  1. Demonstrate your college readiness by submitting
  • ACT scores
  • current high school transcript

You will receive a letter that will prompt you to submit necessary missing documents

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