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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

What is the Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program?

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

The Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program covers two college courses per academic year; no more than nine hours total, and will be overseen by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

Kentucky residents who are seniors at a public high school are eligible for the program that begins this fall. Those who want to take more than two classes which are covered by the scholarship will pay no more than $52 per credit hour.

To be eligible for the Dual Credit Scholarship Program, secondary school students must: 

  • Be a Kentucky resident; 
  • Be enrolled in a Kentucky public secondary school; 
  • Be enrolled in a dual credit course at a participating college or university in Kentucky; and 
  • Have completed a 30-minute college success counseling session with a secondary school faculty member, staff person, secondary school administrator, or a Kentucky Career Center Specialist designated by the student’s school counselor as a college success mentor.

What is the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) Junior Dual Credit Scholarship Program?

The KCTCS Junior Dual Credit Scholarship Program (JDCSP) covers one college course per academic year for eligible junior students who are taking the course at college within the Kentucky Community & Technical College System(KCTCS). This program is currently for the 2016-17 school year only.

To be eligible for the JDCSP, secondary school students must: 

  • Be a Kentucky resident; 
  • Be a junior enrolled in a Kentucky public secondary school; 
  • Complete a KCTCS application and a dual credit form to be enrolled as a KCTCS student in the course(s) in which the student wishes to receive dual credit; 
  • Be enrolled in a dual credit course at a participating KCTCS college.

What are the Early College opportunities at Gateway?

Student Tuition Tuition Responsibility Textbook Fees
KY Dual Credit Scholarship Program Student*
A student who receives support for up to nine credit hours of dual credit coursework from the Kentucky DCS created through Governor Bevin’s Executive Order. A dual credit course is one that complies with KRS 164.098 in which a high school student receives credit upon completion of a single class or designated program of study from both the high school and postsecondary institution in which the student is enrolled.
No charge The KHEAA scholarship will cover up to two classes with a max of 9 credit hours for the life of the scholarship. All remaining tuition after the scholarship has been applied is the responsibility of the student. School or student purchase None
KCTCS Junior Dual Credit Scholarship Student*
A junior student who receives financial support for one course from the KCTCS JDCS.
No charge for the 2016-17 academic year The KCTCS Junior Dual Credit Scholarship (JDCS) for 2016-2017 school year will cover the cost of one dual credit course. Remaining KHEAA funding may be used at the discretion of the High School. All remaining tuition after scholarships applied will be the responsibility of the student. School or student purchase None
KY Public Secondary Dual Credit Student*
A student who receives the dual credit ceiling rate per credit hour, which is one-third the regular, in-state KCTCS tuition rate, but is not eligible for the Kentucky DCS and/or the KCTCS JDCS or has exhausted the two class (9-credit hour limit)
$52/credit hour ($156 3-credit course) Student is billed as normal. Student purchase None
Public High School Dual Enrollment Seniors*
A student who is taking a college course that does not satisfy both college and secondary course credit. Because the course does not satisfy credit at both college and high school levels, it does not qualify for the dual credit ceiling rate.
$156/credit hour ($468 for a 3-credit course) Student is billed as normal. Student purchase All normal course fees will apply.
Public High School Dual Enrollment Juniors*
A student who is taking a college course that does not satisfy both college and secondary course credit. Because the course does not satisfy credit at both college and high school levels, it does not qualify for the dual credit ceiling rate.
$156/credit hour ($468 for a 3-credit course) Student is billed as normal. Student purchase All normal course fees will apply.
Private High School & Home Schooled Students
A student who is taking a college course, either as dual enrolled or as dual credit. Students in this category are not eligible for the KCTCS JDCS or the Kentucky DCS because they are not enrolled in a public Kentucky high school as required in the Executive Order.
$156/credit hour ($468 for a 3-credit course) Student is billed as normal. Student purchase All normal course fees will apply.

*Certain High Schools may cover tuition outside of scholarships awarded. Check with your Guidance Counselor for details.

I am a KY Dual Credit Scholarship Program Student.

As a Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program Student, you pay no tuition or fees for two dual credit* classes at a participating Kentucky college or university (up to nine credit hours of dual credit coursework). This is provided by the Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship created through Governor Bevin’s Executive Order. You or your high school pay for your books.

*A dual credit course is one in which you receive credit upon completion of a single class or designated program of study from both the high school and postsecondary institution in which the student is enrolled.

I am a KCTCS Junior Dual Credit Scholarship Student.

As a KCTCS Junior Dual Credit Scholarship Program Student, you pay no tuition or fees for one dual credit* class at KCTCS college. This is provided by KCTCS. All remaining tuition after the scholarship has been applied is the responsibility of the student. You or your high school pay for your books.

*A dual credit course is one in which you receive credit upon completion of a single class or designated program of study from both the high school and postsecondary institution in which the student is enrolled.

I am a Kentucky Public Secondary Dual Credit Student.

As a Kentucky Public Secondary Dual Credit Student you receive the dual credit* ceiling rate of $52 per credit hour this tuition rate applies once you have exhausted the two class (9-credit hour limit) for the dual credit scholarship. There are no fees for these classes. You pay for your books.

*A dual credit course is one in which you receive credit upon completion of a single class or designated program of study from both the high school and postsecondary institution in which the student is enrolled.

I am a Public High School Dual Enrollment Student.

As a Public High School Dual Enrollment Student, you are taking a college course(s) that does not satisfy both college and secondary course credit. Because the course does not satisfy credit at both college and high school levels, it does not qualify for the dual credit ceiling rate. You will pay the regular tuition rate of $156/credit hour, and course fees. You also are responsible for your books.

I am a Private High School or Home Schooled Student.

As a Private High School or Home Schooled Student, you may take a college course, either as dual enrolled or as dual credit. However, you are not eligible for the KCTCS Junior Dual Credit Scholarship Program or the Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program because you are not enrolled in a public Kentucky high school as required in the Executive Order. You will pay the regular tuition rate of $156/credit hour, and course fees. You also are responsible for your books.

How do I apply for the scholarship?

You do not need to complete an application for the Dual Credit Scholarship program. The school districts will apply to KHEAA for DCS funding on behalf of students. Students will still need to complete the admissions process if required by the postsecondary institution where they are enrolling for dual credit coursework.

How do I enroll for dual credit or dual enrollment classes at Gateway?

Procedures for Enrolling Dual Credit/Enrollment Students

To enroll and obtain credit in a dual credit course, all dual credit students must:

  • Be a secondary school junior or senior. Exceptions may be considered for freshman and sophomore secondary school students if recommended by the high school and approved by the Chief Academic Officer at one of the KCTCS colleges. 
  • Complete Gateway admissions application online and a dual credit form for in the course(s) in which the student wishes to receive dual credit. 
  • Submit a signed Parent/Guardian Signature page to Gateway and Include copies of any assessment scores that can be used for placement into classes (ACT/SAT/Compass/KYOTE) 
  • Request an up-to-date unofficial high school transcript to be sent to Gateway 
  • Be eligible to enroll in the course, meeting all course prerequisites, entrance requirements, etc. 
  • Abide by requirements outlined in the course syllabus, including but not limited to the completion of assignments, projects, and final examinations.

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Who can I contact if I have additional questions regarding the Dual Credit Scholarship?

You may contact KHEAA’s Director of Student Aid Services, Becky Gilpatrick, at rgilpatrick@kheaa.com or (800) 928-8926 ext. 67394.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions about enrolling at Gateway?

Shelby Krentz, director of Early College Initiatives at Shelby.Krentz@kctcs.edu or 859-815-7648.

Q & A for Dual Credit Scholarship Program.

Do students need to complete an application to be considered for the Dual Credit Scholarship?
Students do not need to complete an application for the Dual Credit Scholarship program. The school districts will apply to KHEAA for DCS funding on behalf of students. Students will still need to complete the admissions process if required by the postsecondary institution where they are enrolling for dual credit coursework.

Are all Kentucky high school students eligible for the program?
No. To be eligible for a Dual Credit Scholarship, a student must be a Kentucky resident, be enrolled in a Kentucky public high school, be enrolled in an eligible dual credit course at a participating Kentucky postsecondary institution, and complete a 30-minute college success counseling session each year of scholarship eligibility.

Who will provide the 30-minute college success counseling session for students?
KHEAA and the Kentucky Department of Education are developing a counseling session that can be used to fulfill the college success counseling requirement for students. The session materials will be distributed to high schools in early August. The counseling session may be conducted by a high school faculty member, staff person, high school administrator, or a Kentucky Career Center Specialist designated by the student’s school counselor as a college success mentor.

Are postsecondary institutions required to participate in the program?
No. Postsecondary institutions must notify KHEAA if they desire to participate each year by the established deadline. The deadline for declaring intent to participate in the 2016-2017 program is July 8, 2016. If an institution decides not to participate in this year’s DCS program, they may join the program in a future year.

Which college courses are eligible for the Dual Credit Scholarship?
A dual credit course is a college-level course of study developed in accordance with KRS 164.098 in which a high school student receives credit from both the high school and the postsecondary institution in which the student is enrolled upon completion of a single class or designated program of study. The dual credit courses offered to high school students eligible for the Dual Credit Scholarship must be general education dual credit courses and/or career and technical education dual credit courses within a state-approved career pathway leading to an industry recognized credential.

Can students take dual credit coursework online?
Yes. Dual credit courses may be offered to students through a participating postsecondary institution online, at a high school, or at a participating institution’s campus.

What happens if a student wants to take more than two (2) dual credit courses during the 2016-2017 year? What if the student is enrolled at more than one postsecondary institution during the same semester?
The student’s high school will identify the courses that count toward the Dual Credit Scholarship program when applying to KHEAA as well as the institution where those courses are being taken. KHEAA will, in turn, provide information to the postsecondary institution where the student is enrolled so the institution will know which courses are or are not covered by the scholarship program. The student will be responsible for payment of coursework that is not covered by the Dual Credit Scholarship.

Can a participating postsecondary institution charge more than the dual credit rate if students want to take more than two (2) courses?
No. Participating postsecondary institutions must charge no more than the dual credit rate, which is $52 per credit hour for the 2016-2017 year, regardless of the number of dual credit courses an individual student elects to take.

Can Dual Credit Scholarship funds be used for dual enrollment?
No. Only dual credit courses are eligible for program funding.

Can Dual Credit Scholarship funds be used to reimburse students and/or parents for expenses related to dual credit coursework?
No. Only participating postsecondary institutions are eligible for payment from Dual Credit Scholarship funds.