Earn College Credit While Still in High School

What is Dual Enrollment? 

The MTSU Dual Enrollment Program allows high school students to take college classes before they graduate. It’s a great way for motivated students to get a head start on earning college credit, save money on tuition, and have a taste of what it’s like to be an MTSU student. Classes can be taken on campus, online, or at a student’s high school.

Who can participate?

To take Dual Enrollment courses at MTSU, students must:

  1. Be a junior or senior in high school
  2. Have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA or an ACT composite of 22
  3. Submit all required documentation and $25 application fee

Some courses, such as math and English courses, have additional requirements for participation. Contact the Dual Enrollment office for questions concerning prerequisites, ACT subscores, etc. 

How do I apply?

To begin the process of becoming an MTSU Dual enrollment Student follow the step by step process on the appropriate checklist for first time dual enrollment students or returning dual enrollment students.

Students need to submit these items:

  • MTSU Dual Enrollment Admissions Application and $25 fee (on the MTSU website)
  • Official high school transcript and ACT scores (if applicable)
  • Dual Enrollment Consent Form
  • Copy of driver’s license or birth certificate (send to evea@mtsu.edu)
  • Dual Enrollment Grant application (in the online TSAC Student Portal)

Other forms to submit, if applicable:

  • Fee Discount form (if parent is a teacher/state employee)
  • Transcripts of previous dual enrollment coursework taken elsewhere
  • Consortium agreement (if taking courses at another college simultaneously)
  • Partners in Education (PIE) form—student permission to release info to parent/other

What courses can I take?

Dual Enrollment students may take any class in which the pre-requisites are met. However, to utilize the Dual Enrollment grant funding, students must take 1000/2000 level courses. 

How much does it cost?

In many instances, there is no out-of-pocket tuition cost to students. This is made possible by a combination of state funding (the Dual Enrollment Grant) and MTSU funding. The standard in-state tuition rate for Dual Enrollment classes is $166 per credit hour ($498 for a 3-credit hour course).

Potential costs that students are responsible for, in addition to the $25 application fee, include textbooks as well as miscellaneous course fees (such as science lab fees). For specific cost-related questions, contact the Dual Enrollment office.

New for 2018−19: MTSU First Four Scholarship

For eligible students, the State of Tennessee’s Dual Enrollment Grant provides funding of $500, $500, and $200 for a student’s first, second, and third Dual Enrollment classes, respectively. Beginning in Fall 2018, MTSU will provide additional funding to cover the remaining balance of a student’s first four courses. Students must be grant-eligible to receive the First Four Scholarship, and additional restrictions apply. For more information, contact the Dual Enrollment office.

Understanding the Dual Enrollment Grant

  • The grant application must be completed each year. 
  • No exceptions can be made to the grant deadline established by the state.
  • The grant is not need-based; any eligible student can receive it.
  • Students must be Tennessee residents for one year prior to enrollment to be eligible.
  • The grant can only be applied toward lower-division (1000-2000 level) courses.
  • The grant can be used during the summer semester.
  • Students can receive the grant for a maximum of two courses per semester.
  • In order to receive the grant for more than one course in a semester, students must meet HOPE Lottery Scholarship requirements of a 3.0 GPA or 21 ACT composite score as of that semester. (Home-schooled students must have a 21 ACT composite score to receive two awards in a semester)
  • In order to keep receiving the grant after the first semester, students must maintain a 2.75 GPA in all college classes taken while receiving the grant.
  • Credit hours and GPA earned in Dual Enrollment classes do not count toward attempted hours and GPA for the HOPE Lottery Scholarship, but may count toward the student’s undergraduate attempted hours and GPA.
  • Beginning with a student’s fifth grant-eligible course, additional grant funding is available at the rate of $100 per credit hour (a maximum of $600 per semester). The student is responsible for the remaining balance owed, and the grant money is borrowed dollar-for-dollar from the first semester of a student’s HOPE Lottery Scholarship.

Additional benefits of Dual Enrollment

  • MTSU Student ID
  • Access to all campus events (concerts, performances, free admission to athletic events)
  • Access to the MTSU Campus Recreation Center and Walker Library
  • Student discounts at various locations in Murfreesboro/Rutherford County
  • Orientation for students taking courses on campus


Dual Enrollment

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1301 E. Main Street, Box 54
Murfreesboro, TN 37132