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Student getting a head start on college creditsThe Penn State Greater Allegheny High School Dual Enrollment Program offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college courses and receive a 50 percent tuition reduction. Dual Enrollment enables students to get a real jump on their college careers by earning college credits while still in high school. Students participating in this program may choose from a variety of Penn State courses. View the most current list of dual enrollment courses.

Program Highlights 

PACPSL Compliance Statement Annually, over 600 high school students schedule college courses from a multitude of disciplines at Penn State campuses. Per recent changes to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (PACPSL), Penn State Greater Allegheny will continue to provide courses for qualified dual enrolled students, fully compliant with the required background checking requirements listed below: Faculty who teach classes in which dual enrolled students under the age of 18 are registered, as well as staff who provide professional or support services, such as advising, counseling, or tutoring and students who serve in peer roles such as advising, mentoring, or tutoring to these students, are required by State law to have the following three clearances: Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check (SP4-164), Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form (CY-113) and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check (Criminal History Report). Effective January 1, 2016, all individuals (current employees and new hires) interacting with dual enrolled students under the age of 18 are required to have valid clearances in place. In order to ensure compliance in all future semesters, Penn State Greater Allegheny will identify sections of courses that typically enroll the most high school students and can confirm that faculty teaching these courses have completed the required background checks. This course list will be shared with current and future dual enrolled students through their guidance counselors and academic advisers and through print and web information. In addition, staff and students who provide services such as academic advising, tutoring and mentoring will be required to complete the three required background checks. Questions regarding Penn State Greater Allegheny compliance with PACPSL can be directed to Victoria Garwood, Director of Enrollment Management, 412-675-9010 or vkg2@psu.edu.
  • You must be a high school junior or a senior to be eligible for this program.
  • The tuition reduction is available for a maximum of eight credits per semester.  
  • As long as you maintain a “C” or better in each course, the tuition reduction is applied for a maximum of eight credits per semester over the course of five semesters: beginning with the fall semester of your high school junior year through the spring semester of your high school senior year. This includes the summer session between your junior and senior years.
  • High school students may not take more than eight credits per semester unless special permission is granted.
  • Students enrolled in a school district with grants or other funding may be eligible for additional funding to offset some or all of the remaining cost. 
  • Student technology and activity fees will be charged on a per-credit basis.   
  • Credits earned under the provisions of this program are valid across Penn State University and may be transferred to any another institution that will accept them.
  • Students who have graduated from high school may not participate in this program.
New applicants are required to have the following sent to David Davis, Penn State Greater Allegheny Admissions, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132 or faxed to 412-675-9056:

Students who have previously been accepted into the program do not need to resubmit application materials provided

  1. There has been no break in enrollment, and
  2. The student has performed at a grade "C" or better in prior dual enrollment courses at Penn State. 

Students who satisfy both 1) and 2) simply need to notify Penn State Greater Allegheny of their new course selection(s) by calling 412-675-9070.

You will be notified of the admissions decision by letter. For students accepted into the program, information regarding course scheduling and orientation will follow shortly after the admissions decision. For more information, please call Admissions at 412-675-9010 or email psuga@admissions.psu.edu.


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