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Dual Enrollment and The One Step Ahead Fund

Dual enrollment is a program offered in Nashville public high schools that allows eligible students to work toward both a high school diploma and a college degree at the same time. For each course, students earn honors credit at the high school level and college hours at the post-secondary level. Most college credits transfer to public colleges and universities in and out of state. In addition to earning college credit while still in high school, students participating in dual enrollment are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll and complete college, and have higher grade point averages in college than those who do not participate.

Mayor Karl Dean, in partnership with Alignment Nashville and Nashville State Community College, created the One Step Ahead scholarship fund to help Nashville students cover the cost of dual enrollment. Students can pay for dual enrollment classes through a grant available from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, funded by the Tennessee Lottery. But the difference between the grant award and the actual cost of community college tuition is about $80 per class. One Step Ahead helps close the financing gap for students who wouldn't be able to afford dual enrollment classes otherwise.

The One Step Ahead fund was established through the Nashville State Community College Foundation with additional private donations from United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and the Ingram Charitable Fund.

More information about dual enrollment and the financing options available can be found on the MNPS website.

Apply online for the dual enrollment grant.