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How To Apply

Steps to Apply

In order to take early college courses, students must:

1.  Contact their high school guidance counselor to discuss options and eligibility for early college courses.

  • Dual Credit refers to college level courses that are taught by high school instructors at the high school. Student are earning both high school and college level credit. Prerequisites and course content are the same as if the course took place at the Jefferson College campus. Course offerings vary among Jefferson County high schools. If a high school offers a Jefferson College Dual Credit course, students can obtain an application from their high school guidance counselor.

  • Dual Enrollment refers to high school students concurrently enrolled in college level courses taught online or on the Jefferson College campus. Dual enrolled students may or may not earn high school credit for courses taken at the college campus or online, but they will earn college credit. Typically, coursework is completed outside of high school classes or during a study hall period at the high school. Students interested in Dual Enrollment can obtain an application from their high school guidance counselor.

  • Students interested in a cohort program to complete an Associate of Arts degree or the 42 hour block of general education will apply with their high school first, then will complete the registration process with Jefferson College. 

  • If you attend a private high school or a public high school outside of Jefferson County, please contact Jaclyn Birks, Early College Coordinator, to discuss steps for enrollment.

2.  Meet the same requirements for placement into courses as those required of regular college-level students.

3.  Fulfill individual grade level requirements.

  • Juniors and seniors must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and obtain written permission from a parent/legal guardian and their principal or counselor.

    • Students with a cumulative GPA between 2.5–2.99 (on a 4.0 scale) may be allowed to take early college courses if they achieve acceptable English, Math, and/or Reading scores on the ACT or ACCUPLACER placement test, or if they complete an alternative means of placement determination. Students can retake placement tests or file an appeal if their test scores do not meet eligibility criteria.

  • Sophomores must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and obtain written permission from a parent/legal guardian and their principal or counselor.

  • Freshmen must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale), must have a composite score at the 90th percentile or above on the ACT or SAT, and obtain written permission from a parent/legal guardian and their principal or counselor.

Students should check with their high school counselors for further details.

Additional Information

Students classified as early college students are not considered regular first-time college students at Jefferson College until they meet regular admission requirements. 
 
Early college students are not eligible for federal financial aid. 

Important Dates

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, but applications are accepted until the beginning of each semester’s classes.
 

Enrollment Timeline Fall 2022*

Fall 2022

Courses Offered On High School Campus

Online Courses 
(14 Week)

Year-Long Courses
Offered at the High School**

Registration begins

March 28

March 28

March 28

First day of class

Late August

September 2

Late August

Last day for students to register

September 8

September 8
(if seats are still available)

September 8

Last day for students to drop (student is NOT financially responsible and course will NOT appear on Jefferson College transcript)

September 15

September 15

September 29

Last day for students to withdraw
(student REMAINS financially responsible and course WILL appear as a W on Jefferson College transcript)

November 16

November 16

February 24

Payment for dual course(s) due 

November 28

November 28

November 28

Grades due

December 20 
at noon

December 20 
at noon

May 23 
at noon

*basic formula for dates: 

  • 1/16 course to add
  • 1/8 course for drop/refund
  • 3/4 course for withdrawal

** based on 32-weeks (2 16 week semesters)

 

Enrollment Timeline Spring 2023*

Spring 2023

Courses Offered On High School Campus

Online Courses
(14 Week)

Year-Long Courses Offered at the High School**

Registration begins

TBD

TBD

X

First day of class

Early January

TBD

X

Last day for students to register

TBD

TBD

X

Last day for students to drop 
(student is NOT financially responsible and course will NOT appear on Jefferson College transcript)

TBD

TBD

X

Last day for students to withdraw
(student REMAINS financially responsible and course WILL appear as a W on Jefferson College transcript)

TBD

TBD

TBD

Payment for dual course(s) due

TBD

TBD

November 29

Grades due

May 23
at noon

May 23
at noon

May 23
at noon

*basic formula for dates: 

  • 1/16 course to add
  • 1/8 course for drop/refund
  • 3/4 course for withdrawal

** based on 32-weeks (2 16 week semesters)

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