High School Early College Dual Credit Student | GCTC

High School Early College Dual Credit Student

Let's get this journey started!

  1. Complete the Gateway Admissions Application
  2. Have your parent/guardian complete your Dual Credit Enrollment Agreement
  3. Work with your College and Career Coach/Guidance Counselor at your school to get transcripts and placement scores sent

Learn more about our Dual Credit program

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

  • Courses provide highly relevant and academically sound courses for secondary students, especially in areas of high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand programs.
  • These programs add value to the high-school experience by enhancing the college and career readiness of secondary students.
  • These programs increase student matriculation from secondary school to college.
  • These programs reduce the time and cost to attain a postsecondary credential.
  • These programs increase completion rates and decrease remediation rates for secondary and postsecondary students.

* see program differences and definitions below


  • Be enrolled in a local Kentucky secondary high school or a certified home school program
  • Enrollment in General Education Courses:
    • High school unweighted GPA of 2.5
    • And, Benchmark scores in Reading, English and/or Math (ACT, SAT, EdREADY, Tabe A or KYOTE)
    • And, any course-specific prerequisites
  • Enrollment in Technical Courses:
    • High school unweighted GPA of 2.5
    • Or, Composite score of 16 on ACT
    • Or, ACT Math score of 16 and ACT Reading score of 16
    • Or, Any accepted equivalent from the KCTCS Assessment and Placement Policy
    • And, Any course-specific prerequisites

The Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program (DCSP) was introduced through an Executive Order from Gov. Matt Bevin in June of 2016 to provide a means for all Kentucky high school students to graduate with at least nine postsecondary credit hours.

The Dual Credit Scholarship provides assistance for Kentucky high school and home school students who are taking dual credit classes at a participating Kentucky college or university. Eligible students may receive scholarships for up to two classes.

Student must:

  • Be a Kentucky resident; and
  • Be enrolled in a Kentucky public or private high school, or Kentucky home school, in grades 11 or 12; and
  • Be enrolled, or approved for enrollment, in an approved dual credit class at a participating Kentucky college or university; and
  • Complete a 30-minute college success counseling session each year a scholarship is awarded.


  • Equal to dual credit class tuition amount charged by the participating college or university.
  • Limited to two dual credit classes.
  • May not be used for developmental, remedial or repeated classes 

Participating colleges and universities have agreed to:

  • Charge no more than the dual credit tuition ceiling rate, which is 1/3 of the KCTCS hourly tuition rate, for all dual credit classes taken by Kentucky high school and home school students regardless of scholarship eligibility.
  • Charge no additional fees to dual credit students including, but not limited to, lab fees, special equipment and admission/application fees.

Kentucky public and private high school students:

  • The student’s high school will send information to KHEAA identifying the students taking dual credit. KHEAA will, in turn, contact students to obtain college and semester preferences for scholarship use.

Kentucky home school students:

  • Complete and submit the Dual Credit Scholarship Application available on KHEAA’s website.


  • KHEAA will notify all applicants of their award or denial status.
  • Scholarship funds will be disbursed by KHEAA to the student’s participating college or university upon receipt of enrollment verification.
  • The Dual Credit Scholarship does not cover the cost of textbooks.

Frequently asked questions about the KHEAA Dual Credit Scholarship can be found at http://www.kheaa.com

If you have questions or need more information regarding the KHEAA Dual Credit Scholarship, please contact KHEAA at (800) 928-8926 or studentaid@kheaa.com

A Dual Credit course is one in which you receive both high school and college credit for your course. The cost of Dual Credit courses is 40% of the KCTCS hourly tuition rate. There are no fees for these courses; however, you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks.

A Dual Enrollment course is one in which you only receive college credit for your course. Because high school credit is not awarded, Dual Enrollment courses do not qualify for the discounted tuition rate. You will pay the regular tuition rate, all applicable course fees, and the cost of your textbooks for these courses.

Gateway dual credit students requesting to withdrawal from a Gateway course after the first day of class must submit their request through their high school administrator. This can be the College and Career Coordinator, Guidance Counselor or any other designated administrator from the high school.

The Gateway Academic Calendar will be followed for any adding or withdrawing of courses.

The process to withdraw should be as follows:

  1. Student contacts their high school administrator with request to withdrawal from course(s).
  2. School Administrator will contact their Gateway representative with the student’s request.
  3. The drop request is processed per the date the email request is submitted to Gateway.
  4. A confirmation email will be sent to the school representative and student once the request is processed.

Important: Students and parents are responsible for any tuition/textbook/course costs that have been incurred up to the point of the withdraw request. The Gateway Academic Calendar can be found on the Gateway webpage under Academics. 

Gateway Early College Opportunities Office: gw-earlycollege@kctcs.edu

All in-person and online courses at Gateway use Blackboard which is a learning management system. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that all Gateway students have a computer with reliable Internet access. Smart phones, tablets and/or Chromebooks may not provide reliable access. 

A computer with the following specs should be sufficient for online learning:

  • Macintosh OS X (10.12 or higher) or Windows PC (8 or higher)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GM RAM or more is highly recommended)
  • 20 GB of available hard-drive space
  • Screen resolution set to 1280 X 1024
  • Broadband/high-speed uninterrupted Internet access; minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps download, 750 Kbps upload
  • Webcam, microphone, and speakers

The Help Desk is available to answer your questions about Blackboard. Contact the KCTCS Online Technical Help Desk at any time 24/7.