Wilson County Schools partners with colleges and universities to provide highly motivated high school students the opportunity to earn high school and college credits through a high-quality, college-preparatory program while continuing to enjoy the high school campus experience. The college courses students take in a collegiate academy fulfill many high school graduation requirements and give students a head start on college, a competitive edge in college admissions, and a more independent and rigorous learning experience. The college courses are either offered at the high school campus or via online platforms and are taught by college professors or credentialed high school teachers.In addition, students admitted into a collegiate academy will also be enrolled at the partnering college or university and will receive many of the benefits afforded to college students. For example, students have access to the college campus library, academic mentoring and tutoring, technology tools, athletic and social events, and more.To participate in a collegiate academy, students must meet the eligibility requirements, complete the application process by specified deadlines, and be accepted into the program.Students' guardians are responsible for all costs associated with their student's participation in a collegiate academy.There are, however, some funding sources to help reduce the costs of these college courses.Rising 11th and 12th grade students may be eligible for the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant to reduce costs of college courses. Students must apply for the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant by the specified deadlines to be eligible. If 11th and 12th grade students are awarded the Dual Enrollment Grant, students will receive the below distribution of grant funds:Up to $500 – Course #1Up to $500 – Course #2Up to $200 – Course #3No Award – Course #4Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #5Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #6Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #7Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #8Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #9Up to $100 per credit hour – Course #10Other Funding-Related Dual Enrollment Grant Requirements:A student may receive funding for one (1) course per semester. To receive funding for two (2) additional courses per semester, the student must meet the minimum HOPE Scholarship academic requirements at the time of dual enrollment. For more details, please see the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements.Students who receive the Dual Enrollment Grant amount for more than four (4) dual enrollment courses over the junior and senior years will have the amount reduced from their Tennessee HOPE Scholarship on a dollar for dollar basis.College courses attempted and the number of years enrolled as dual enrolled students shall not count against the 120 semester hours and five (5) years limitation for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship program.The Dual Enrollment Grant shall be used for lower division (courses numbered 100-200 or 1000-2000) postsecondary degree-seeking courses.*Please visit this link to learn more about this grant and the eligibility process: Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant
Rising 11th and 12th graders who enroll full time (12 hours) in college coursework may be eligible for the Middle College Scholarship for $1,000 per semester.
*Please visit this link to learn more about this scholarship and the eligibility process: Tennessee Middle College Scholarship
**More information coming soon about the specific Wilson County Schools collegiate academies for the 2021-2022 school year.