Early College Opportunities

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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

Eligibility:

  • Be a secondary school junior or senior. Freshman and sophomore high school students may be considered if recommended by the high school and approved by the Chief Academic Officer at one of the KCTCS colleges on a case-by-case basis.

Application Process:

  • Complete Gateway admissions application online
  • Submit a signed consent form to Gateway
  • Request all placement test scores to be sent to Gateway (ACT/SAT/TABE/KYOTE)
  • Be eligible to enroll in the course, meeting all course prerequisites, entrance requirements, etc.

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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.

Award:

  • 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.

Application:
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.

Other:

  • 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 1/3 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 Early College Opportunities Office: gw-earlycollege@kctcs.edu