If you could earn college credit while you're still in high school, why wouldn't you? That's exactly what Piedmont Technical College's Dual Enrollment program allows students to do.
Unlike other advanced credit programs in which your college credits depend on how well you take a test, Dual Enrollment students can be sure their work will count toward their studies when they're ready to apply to college. Hundreds of high school and home school students all over the region are already taking advantage of the program to jumpstart their college careers.
We've put together the following list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you further understand our Dual Enrollment offerings. If you don't find what you're looking for, don't hesitate to contact us at (864) 941-8315.
- Who is eligible?
Any high school rising junior or senior can apply, including home school students. PTC is able to serve dual enrollment students who live within its' seven county service area, and those students outside the service area who have been approved to attend by their local technical college.
- How much does it cost?
Dual Enrollment at Piedmont Technical College is designed to be affordable to all students.
- South Carolina residents taking between 6 and 12 credit hours in a semester (generally two to four classes), at their high school, on our campus, or online, will attend tuition free.
- Students taking only one course on a PTC campus or online will attend at a standard tuition rate of $150/credit hour.
Those students who are taking only one Dual Enrollment course at their high school or career center taught by a district employee will attend at $50/credit hour. Note: Additional charges apply at $150 for each additional credit hour for students taking more than 12 hours in a semester.
- What classes are offered?
Course offerings are determined by the College and the school you attend. Typically, a wide range of general education courses are offered: from English and History, to Macroeconomics and Trigonometry.
- Will my credits transfer?
Piedmont Technical College offers more than 80 courses approved to transfer to any senior public institution in the state by the SC Commission of Higher Education. Many private colleges in the state also accept them. All four-year public senior institutions in South Carolina also have transfer equivalent guides, which list other courses that will transfer. These guides may be obtained directly from the senior institution. For more information, visit Piedmont Technical College's Transfer website, or the South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center.
It is the student’s responsibility to contact and receive written assurance from any nonpublic institution in South Carolina or any public or private institution outside South Carolina of that institution’s willingness to accept a dual enrollment course toward degree requirements.
- Is it right for everyone?
Before applying, you should understand that the Dual Enrollment Program is an opportunity to take courses at the college level, so the amount of work necessary to succeed is usually much greater than in high school courses. Because dual enrollment courses become part of a permanent college transcript, you must commit to doing the work required.
Ready to Get Started?
Talk with your high school guidance counselor and complete the online application process.