Georgia State Board of Education regulation 160-5-1-.15 allow
students to receive high school credit based on demonstrated
competency on several state and national exams, including high
school End-of-Course, AP, CLEP, and industry certification exams.
Students can earn no more than three units of credit through this
Career and Technical Education
The Georgia Department of Education offers Career, Technical and
Agricultural Education courses across 17 career clusters in
alignment with the National Career Cluster model. Students who
successfully complete three or four courses in a particular
pathway, or who are on course to do so, can participate in the
End of Pathway Assessment Program through which students can earn
a national-, state- and/or industry-recognized credential.
Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit
According to House Bill 444 (2020), the purpose of the Dual
Enrollment program is to “promote and increase access to
postsecondary educational opportunities for Georgia high school
students while increasing high school graduation rates, preparing
a skilled workforce, and decreasing time and cost to
postsecondary credential completion.” A dual credit course is
defined as a “postsecondary course, including a virtual course,
take by an eligible high school student pursuant to an
arrangement at or through an eligible postsecondary institution
for which the student receives secondary credit.”
Students in grades 9-12 may participate in Georgia’s Dual
Enrollment Program part- or full-time up to 15 semester hours or
12 quarter hours per term and must be admitted and classified as
a Dual Credit Enrollment student at an eligible postsecondary
institution. Students may enroll at more than one postsecondary
institution during a single term.
House Bill 444 established the Dual Enrollment funding Program
for students taking dual enrollment classes beginning in Summer
2020. The Georgia Student Finance Commission and State Board
regulation 160-4-2-.34 requires students to apply for admission
to the postsecondary institution they will be attending before
they can apply for funding. To apply, students must submit
official transcripts, complete the Student Participation
Agreement, and produce qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT (if
applicable). Students may visit GAfutures.org to get more
information on eligibility, enrollment and course options.
Eligible students in grades 10-12 may receive Dual Enrollment
funding up to the Cap set at 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.
Students who received funding before Summer 2020 are subject to
the funding Cap if they earned 18 semester/28 quarter hours or
less. Those who earned 19 semester/29 quarter hours or more
before Summer 2020 are eligible for an additional 12 semester or
18 quarter hours of funding.
Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate
Georgia does not have common score requirements for Advanced
Placement, International Baccalaureate or College Level
Examination Program tests. Students who score at a 3, 4 or 5
level on AP exams may be able to earn college credit.
Early College High Schools
The Early College Initiative, a partnership between the
University System of Georgia and Georgia Public School Systems,
allows students to earn a high school diploma and credit toward
an associate or bachelor’s degree. Most early colleges operate
with the objective to increase high school graduation and
college-going rates of traditionally underserved students. There
are currently ten Early Colleges in Georgia.