FAQs – Middle College

Middle College
Program FAQ

The Middle College Program at Pearl River Community College is a school or district-level dual credit/dual enrollment program in which high school juniors or seniors attend a portion of the day at the high school and a portion at PRCC. The goal of the Middle College Program is to provide the opportunity for high school students to obtain their high school diploma and their Associate of Arts degree simultaneously. 

First, the student’s high school/district must sign a Memorandum of Agreement with Pearl River Community College. 
Next, the student must meet the following requirements:  

Have earned 14 Core Carnegie Units as listed in the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards; 
Have a minimum overall high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;  
Have minimum ACT sub score of a 17 in English and a 19 in Mathematics; and 
Obtain an unconditional written recommendation from his/her high school counselor, principal, or principal’s designee. 

Many of the courses taken at PRCC are considered dual credit courses, meaning that they will meet the graduation requirements for the high school diploma. These courses are considered dual credit courses. Credit is being earned at the high school level and the college level simultaneously.  

The typical MC student will attend classes on a PRCC campus from 9am to 12pm Monday through Friday during their Junior year of high school. This allows students to attend required classes on their high school campus as well as participate in extracurricular activities. Some courses may be delivered in an online format. Depending on transportation, MC Seniors’ schedules may be more flexible. PRCC works with each district to develop a schedule that works best for their students. 

PRCC does not provide transportation to our campuses. Contact your school district regarding transportation availability. 

According to the Procedures Manual for the State of Mississippi Dual Enrollment & Accelerated Programs, courses taken as dual credit or dual enrollment while a student is in high school will not adversely affect any institutional scholarship or grant opportunities for first-time college students when a student graduates from high school and enrolls in a university. Secondary students and counselors are encouraged to review institutional postsecondary scholarship policies pertaining to dual enrollment/dual credit hours prior to enrollment. 

Yes. PRCC has an articulation agreement with the 8 public universities in Mississippi. A good resource available for transferring to an instate public university is the Mississippi Articulation Transfer Tool (MATT) located here: http://matttransfertool.com/ . Always consult the student catalog at the college or university the student is planning to attend after PRCC for specific degree requirements, especially for out of state or private institutions. 

For the first semester, the tuition is $40 per credit hour. Students typically take 15-16 hours the first semester, which would be $600-$640. Textbooks/eBooks are included. 

For semesters 2-4, the tuition is $2,000 per semester. Textbook/eBooks are included. Students are eligible for a reduction in tuition, based on incoming composite ACT scores. Additional charges will be applied if students wish to take more than the required 15-16 hours each semester.  


Incoming ACT CompositeSemesters 2 – 4
Tuition Per Semester

For additional information, contact the PRCC Dual Enrollment Office at dualenrollment@prcc.edu or 601-403-1419.

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