Dual Enrollment

What is Dual Enrollment?

Dual enrollment is a program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn college or vocational credit toward a postsecondary diploma at a Mississippi public institution that will also count as credit toward a high school diploma. While students may earn college credit for a course while still a high school student, it is the individual high school’s prerogative regarding awarding high school credit for the college course.

Who is eligible?

A high school student is eligible for dual enrollment at Pearl River Community College if the student has:

  • Completed a minimum of 14 core high school units (exception: any student who has earned a minimum of 30 on the ACT and has the required GPA and recommendation as described below can participate even if 14 core credits have not been earned)
  • Earned a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or better, on all high school courses, as documented on an official high school transcript
  • Obtained an unconditional written recommendation from his/her high school principal and/or guidance counselor
  • Scored the appropriate sub-test scores on the English, Reading, and Mathematics subtests of the ACT test: English (17 or above) and Mathematics(19 or above)
  • All dual enrollment students must have ACT scores on file with PRCC.

Important Facts

  • Prior to enrollment, the student must receive written permission from the appropriate high school official for participation.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to meet admissions requirements of the institution and pay all fees required by Pearl River Community College for credit.
  • Textbook costs for the college course(s) are the responsibility of the parent and/or student.
  • If the student wants to drop out of the college course, he/she must obtain a signed form for this purpose from the high school counselor to take to the college, where the official drop action will occur. Tuition is not refunded or prorated for any withdrawal that occurs after the student has attended class.
  • The grade earned at PRCC will be the grade assigned for dual credit at the high school (if the respective high school awards such credit). The grade shall become a part of the grade point average and affect class ranking. Parents are advised that mid-term grades at the college level may not be reflective of actual overall performance in the course.
  • Dual Enrollment students are responsible for the cost of the textbook. Each Option 1 high school coordinates the purchase of the textbooks with the Office of General Education and Technology Services. Contact Ms. Cindy Wells at cwells@prcc.edu or 601-403-1374 for assistance.
Option One Enrollment

The college class is taught during the day on a high school campus by a high school instructor who has been approved by college administration. Students will pay a $30.00 registration fee per course.

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Option Two Enrollment

Students take a college course at a recognized college location and pay regular hourly rate tuition for the course.

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Option Three Enrollment

Students eligible for Dual Enrollment may take one tuition free, online course per semester. Any applicable fees are still the responsibility of the student.

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