FAQs about Early College @ Jones and
Move On When Ready/ Dual Enrollment
What is the Early College @Jones campus like?
The Early College portion of Jones' campus has been renovated to feel and look like a college campus - with a learning commons, student meeting area, student bistro, collaborative spaces, and classrooms equipped with 21st Century technology.
Must I qualify for Lanier Technical College and/or University of North Georgia to be part of Early College?
YES. Students will be both Early College AND LTC and/or UNG students!
As an Early College student, will I also be part of the Lanier Technical and/or UNG campus?
YES! Students will have parking passes, rights to the student center, tutoring labs, media centers, clubs etc as allowed by Dual Enrollment guidelines.
Are students who participate in the new MOWR program at Jones eligible to continue to participate in extracurricular activities, clubs and athletics at their high school?
Yes, Dual Enrollment students may continue to participate in activities, clubs and athletics at their high school and students will be back by lunch to continue classes and sports practices at their home school as desired!
Do my college credits also count as high school credits?
YES! Academic courses count as high school credits as well as college credits. Academic courses count towards the high school GPA on the 5.0 scale and certification courses on the 4.5 scale. Plus, all academic credits transfer to any University of Georgia system school. Grades will be reflected on both your high school transcript and your college transcript. The grades earned will be a part of the student’s college GPA AND the student's high school GPA.
Am I given a bump on my HOPE GPA for my Dual Enrollment classes?
YES, a 0.5 bump will be given to Dual Enrollment grades just like AP classes. However, 4.0 grades will not be given a bump as 4.0 is the highest allowed for HOPE.
What are the major differences between Early College @ Jones and the traditional Dual Enrollment?
The major differences are that EC students are supported with transportation, onsite Hall County support personnel, career speakers, and small class sizes. LTC and UNG professors come to the Jones campus to teach. Students attend Jones 5 days per week even during their non-scheduled LTC or UNG class time. This time is scheduled as studying, tutoring, work time, field trips, service learning or guest speakers. As needed, Chromebooks / laptops will be provided for student daily and home use during semesters they attend Early College. Lanier Technical College professors and University of North Georgia professors teach at our Jones campus but they operate according to the Hall County school calendar.
What expenses will be covered?
Standard undergraduate tuition will be paid for approved Dual Enrollment classes. In the event the funds provided to the institution by Dual Enrollment do not cover a student’s tuition for the term, the institution must waive/not charge the student any remaining tuition balance.
Institutions are required to provide textbooks at no cost to participating students.
Could there be a charge for any Dual Enrollment class?
The student could be charged a minimal fee for supplies. Course related fees or supplies may include materials or supplies for the student to keep. Art for instance has a $10 supply charge.
Will these classes count against my HOPE hours?
NO! The Dual Enrollment program is not HOPE funded. Therefore, the credits earned do not count against the HOPE credit hour cap following graduation from high school.
What will I do at EC when I don’t have class?
Students still come to Early College on days they do not have scheduled classes. These days will be spent working on assignments, getting class assistance, service opportunities, collaborating and experiencing career preparation opportunities.
Can ANY Hall County high school student apply?
YES! Any rising 9th – 12th grade student in Hall County may apply!
Is there a residence requirement to participate in Dual Enrollment?
There is no residence requirement to participate in the Dual Enrollment program.
What if I have work based learning or mentorship?
The EC coordinator and these students will work schedules and driving out on a student by student basis. Early College is still available for these students.
What about eating LUNCH?
Most students will be on their home campus for lunch; however, hot and cold meals tied to the student ID cards will be available.
What responsibilities do Dual Enrollment students have?
Dual Enrollment students are responsible for their academic success. This includes, but is not limited to, attending and being on time for class, participating in class discussions and submitting assignments on time. Dual Enrollment students should plan on spending a minimum average of 2 + hours outside of class each week for every course.
Are students participating in the Dual Enrollment program eligible to enroll in online courses or transient courses?
Yes, Dual Enrolled student may enroll in courses offered online or approved as transient provided the course appears on the approved course list. Students should be advised to carefully consider (1) whether an online course is a good fit before enrolling in the course and (2) to pursue a course load that is manageable.
NOTE: Neither the Hall County School District nor the Early College representatives are liable for information regarding college credit acceptances to all post-secondary institutions. Each college/university major prescribes a specific program of coursework that Dual Enrolled courses may or may not meet. It is the responsibility of the scholar to check specific college entrance requirements and transfer-ability of coursework.
Georgia Student Finance Commission: Dual enrollment Comparison Chart AND the MOWR document