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Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit FAQ

What is Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit?

The purpose of this program is to provide the opportunity for advanced high school students to earn college credit prior to graduation from high school. 

A Dual Enrolled Student is a student who is enrolled in a community college or state institution of higher learning while enrolled in high school.  The student receives only postsecondary credit for coursework. Upon completion of each Dual Enrollment course, the student will receive the appropriate number of college credits (college credit is reserved until after high-school graduation) as listed in the Holmes Community College Bulletin. 

A Dual Credit Student is a student who is enrolled in a community or state institution of higher learning while enrolled in high school and who is receiving both high school credit and college credit for postsecondary coursework.  The student receives credit for coursework regardless of the course location (high school campus, postsecondary campus, or online). One three-hour postsecondary course is equal to one high school Carnegie unit. Upon completion of each Dual Credit course, the student will receive the appropriate number of college credits (college credit is reserved until after high-school graduation) as listed in the Holmes Community College Bulletin and will receive credit that will also be applied to meet high school graduation requirements as verified by the high school principal. 

What are some of the benefits?

  • Enriches the opportunities for outstanding high school students
  • Provides opportunities for advanced high school students to earn college credit prior to graduation from high school
  • May shorten the time to attain a college degree
  • Provides students with college credit that is transferable to a college or university
  • Eases the transition from high school to college by exposing students to the expectations and rigors of postsecondary education
  • Motivates students to follow through to a postsecondary education as they become familiar with college responsibilities
  • Allows students to use the college library, labs, and other facilities and equipment

Who is eligible?

  • Academic requirements:
    • The student must have completed a minimum of 14 core high school units and have a high school junior status or the student must have scored a minimum composite ACT score of 30 (or equivalent SAT score).
    • The student must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale for high school work completed. (Prerequisites and co-requisites as stipulated in the Holmes bulletin will be followed.)
    • The student shall request that the high school principal send an official copy of his/her high school transcript to the Admissions and Records Office at Holmes Community College at least 10 days before the beginning of the enrollment period. A home-schooled student must submit a transcript prepared by a parent, guardian, or custodian with a signed, sworn affidavit.
    • The principal or counselor of the high school must submit an unconditional recommendation supporting the student’s enrollment in the program. The unconditional recommendation should verify that the student is academically advanced and has the maturity and self-discipline required to benefit from this type of program. A home-schooled student must submit a parent’s, legal guardian’s, or custodian’s written recommendation in the college’s approved format.
  • Career-Technical requirements:
    • The student must have a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • The student must be classified as a sophomore or higher.
    • The student shall request that the high school principle send an official copy of his/her high school transcript to the Admissions and Records Office at Holmes Community College at least 10 days before the beginning of the enrollment period. A home-schooled student must submit a transcript prepared by a parent, guardian, or custodian with a signed, sworn affidavit.
    • The student must obtain an unconditional recommendation from school administrator/counselor or CTE instructor.

Are all college courses available?

  • For Dual Enrollment, students may enroll in any college course provided they have completed the application process.  Prerequisites and co-requisites as stipulated in the Holmes Community College Bulletin will be followed.
  • Academic Dual Credit will be limited to the approved Mississippi Community College course list.

When and where may courses be taken?

Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit courses may be offered on the college campus or other approved locations, at the high school, or online through our Advanced College Enrollment (ACE) Program that is provided through the Holmes e-Learning Department.  Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to the college campus. 

Who pays the college tuition?

  • The student or parents/legal guardians of the participating student are responsible for the tuition charges and other costs for the college course unless these costs are covered by grants, scholarships, or the school district. 
  • Regardless of the source of payment, all levied charges and fees must be paid directly to Holmes Community College.  Holmes Community College will not release the student’s final grades until all student debts are paid in full. 
  • The current tuition for a DE/DC course taught on a high school campus or through eLearning is $125 per course.  For those courses that are taught through eLearning, online fees will apply and will vary based on the hours per course. 
  • Students who attend classes at a Holmes campus will continue to follow the same tuition guideline fees as all other students.  

Who pays for the textbook?

The student is responsible for the cost and acquisition of textbooks unless the high school is providing it. 

Is there financial aid available?

  • Sumners Grant is available for Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit students who reside in one of the five Sumner counties, which include Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Montgomery, and Webster.  Students must submit the Sumners Grant Application accessible from the Holmes website.  Students will be eligible based on enrollment status.
  • Federal Financial Aid including Pell Grant and loans are not available for Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit students.
  • State Grants including MTAG and MESG are not available for Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit students. 

What is the application process?

  • The student must complete the Holmes Community College Registration and Orientation processes for enrollment. ACT or placement tests may be required for certain courses.
  • The student shall request that the high school principal send an official copy of his/her high school transcript to the Admissions and Records Office at Holmes Community College at least 10 days before the beginning of the enrollment period. A home-schooled student must submit a transcript prepared by a parent, guardian, or custodian with a signed, sworn affidavit. 
  • The principal or counselor of the high school must submit an unconditional recommendation supporting the student’s enrollment in the program. The unconditional recommendation should verify that the student is academically advanced and has the maturity and self-discipline required to benefit from this type of program.  A home-schooled student must submit a parent’s, legal guardian’s, or custodian’s written recommendation in the college’s approved format. 
  • The principal or counselor of the high school provides the registration information to the college for students who are taking courses offered at the high school locations. 
  • Students taking courses outside their high school locations should request to be advised through Enroll Now and should register through the My Holmes student portal. 

Where can additional information about the Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit program and registration procedures be obtained?

District Coordinator
Dees Britt
Science Building West, Office 101G
Ridgeland Campus
Phone: (601) 605-3349
Fax: (601) 605-3406
dbritt@holmescc.edu

Goodman
Simonee Miller, Counselor
McDaniel Hall
Office 4
Phone: (662) 472-9144
Fax: (662) 472-9176
smiller@holmescc.edu

Crystal Tate, Admissions
McClellan Admn. Bldg.
Admissions Office
Phone: (662) 472-9073
Fax: (662) 472-9152
ctate@holmescc.edu

Wendy Grace, Coordinator of Academic Programs
McDaniel Hall
Office 8
Phone: (662) 472-9174
Fax: (662) 472-9176
wgrace@holmescc.edu

Grenada
Cynthia Abel, Counselor
Main Building
Office 141A
Phone: (662) 227-2325
Fax: (662) 227-2296
cabel@holmescc.edu

Debbie Harville, Admissions
Main Building
Admissions Office
Phone: (662) 227-2328
Fax: (662) 227-2296
dharville@holmescc.edu

Dr. Kathryn Cox, Coordinator of Academic Programs
Main Building
Office 101C
Phone: (662) 227-2322
Fax: (662) 227-2296
kcox@holmescc.edu

Ridgeland
Pamela Fells, Counselor
Ridgeland Hall
Office 102A
Phone: (601) 605-3311
Fax:(601) 605-3411
pfells@holmescc.edu

Last name A-K
Judy Hemphill, Admissions
Ridgeland Hall
Office 100D
Phone: (601)605-3309
Fax:(601) 605-3405
jhemphill@holmescc.edu

Last name L-Z
Elizabeth Shelby, Admissions
Ridgeland Hall
Office 100D
Phone: (601) 605-3308
Fax:(601) 605-3405
mshelby@holmescc.edu

Dr. Tonya Lawrence, Dean of Academic Programs
Science Building West
Office 101 D
Phone: (601) 605-3413
Fax: (601) 605-3406
tlawrence@holmescc.edu

eLearning (Online)
Chanda Sykes, eLearning Outreach Coordinator
Room 107, Phillips Hall
Grenada Campus
Phone: (662) 227-2377
csykes@holmescc.edu

For all Career/Technical inquiries, please contact:
Dr. Amy Whittington
Vice President for Career Technical Education
Ridgeland Hall, Office 100 B
Ridgeland Campus
Phone: (601) 605-3313
Fax: (601) 605-3411
awhittington@holmescc.edu