Gateway is committed to providing dual credit/enrollment opportunities* to Kentucky high school students to reduce the cost and time required to get a college degree.
We value dual credit/enrollment education because
* see program differences and definitions below
The Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program (DCSP) was introduced through an Executive Order from Gov. Matt Bevin in June to provide a means for all Kentucky high school students to graduate with at least nine postsecondary credit hours.
The Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program covers two college courses per academic year; no more than nine hours total, and will be overseen by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
Kentucky residents who are seniors at a public high school are eligible for the program that begins this fall. Those who want to take more than two classes which are covered by the scholarship will pay no more than $52 per credit hour.
To be eligible for the Dual Credit Scholarship Program, secondary school students must:
The KCTCS Junior Dual Credit Scholarship Program (JDCSP) covers one college course per academic year for eligible junior students who are taking the course at college within the Kentucky Community & Technical College System(KCTCS). This program is currently for the 2016-17 school year only.
To be eligible for the JDCSP, secondary school students must:
*Certain High Schools may cover tuition outside of scholarships awarded. Check with your Guidance Counselor for details.
As a Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program Student, you pay no tuition or fees for two dual credit* classes at a participating Kentucky college or university (up to nine credit hours of dual credit coursework). This is provided by the Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship created through Governor Bevin’s Executive Order. You or your high school pay for your books.
*A dual credit course is one in which you receive credit upon completion of a single class or designated program of study from both the high school and postsecondary institution in which the student is enrolled.
As a KCTCS Junior Dual Credit Scholarship Program Student, you pay no tuition or fees for one dual credit* class at KCTCS college. This is provided by KCTCS. All remaining tuition after the scholarship has been applied is the responsibility of the student. You or your high school pay for your books.
As a Kentucky Public Secondary Dual Credit Student you receive the dual credit* ceiling rate of $52 per credit hour this tuition rate applies once you have exhausted the two class (9-credit hour limit) for the dual credit scholarship. There are no fees for these classes. You pay for your books.
To enroll and obtain credit in a dual credit course, all dual credit students must:
You may contact KHEAA’s Director of Student Aid Services, Becky Gilpatrick, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 928-8926 ext. 67394.
Do students need to complete an application to be considered for the Dual Credit Scholarship?
Students do not need to complete an application for the Dual Credit Scholarship program. The school districts will apply to KHEAA for DCS funding on behalf of students. Students will still need to complete the admissions process if required by the postsecondary institution where they are enrolling for dual credit coursework.
Are all Kentucky high school students eligible for the program?
No. To be eligible for a Dual Credit Scholarship, a student must be a Kentucky resident, be enrolled in a Kentucky public high school, be enrolled in an eligible dual credit course at a participating Kentucky postsecondary institution, and complete a 30-minute college success counseling session each year of scholarship eligibility.
Who will provide the 30-minute college success counseling session for students?
KHEAA and the Kentucky Department of Education are developing a counseling session that can be used to fulfill the college success counseling requirement for students. The session materials will be distributed to high schools in early August. The counseling session may be conducted by a high school faculty member, staff person, high school administrator, or a Kentucky Career Center Specialist designated by the student’s school counselor as a college success mentor.
Are postsecondary institutions required to participate in the program?
No. Postsecondary institutions must notify KHEAA if they desire to participate each year by the established deadline. The deadline for declaring intent to participate in the 2016-2017 program is July 8, 2016. If an institution decides not to participate in this year’s DCS program, they may join the program in a future year.
Which college courses are eligible for the Dual Credit Scholarship?
A dual credit course is a college-level course of study developed in accordance with KRS 164.098 in which a high school student receives credit from both the high school and the postsecondary institution in which the student is enrolled upon completion of a single class or designated program of study. The dual credit courses offered to high school students eligible for the Dual Credit Scholarship must be general education dual credit courses and/or career and technical education dual credit courses within a state-approved career pathway leading to an industry recognized credential.
Can students take dual credit coursework online?
Yes. Dual credit courses may be offered to students through a participating postsecondary institution online, at a high school, or at a participating institution’s campus.
What happens if a student wants to take more than two (2) dual credit courses during the 2016-2017 year? What if the student is enrolled at more than one postsecondary institution during the same semester?
The student’s high school will identify the courses that count toward the Dual Credit Scholarship program when applying to KHEAA as well as the institution where those courses are being taken. KHEAA will, in turn, provide information to the postsecondary institution where the student is enrolled so the institution will know which courses are or are not covered by the scholarship program. The student will be responsible for payment of coursework that is not covered by the Dual Credit Scholarship.
Can a participating postsecondary institution charge more than the dual credit rate if students want to take more than two (2) courses?
No. Participating postsecondary institutions must charge no more than the dual credit rate, which is $52 per credit hour for the 2016-2017 year, regardless of the number of dual credit courses an individual student elects to take.
Can Dual Credit Scholarship funds be used for dual enrollment?
No. Only dual credit courses are eligible for program funding.
Can Dual Credit Scholarship funds be used to reimburse students and/or parents for expenses related to dual credit coursework?
No. Only participating postsecondary institutions are eligible for payment from Dual Credit Scholarship funds.