Wallace State’s Dual Enrollment program only one in Alabama eligible to offer Federal Pell Grant to students

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HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Wallace State Community College is among a select number of colleges in the nation and the only one in Alabama to offer Federal Pell Grants for dual enrollment students.   

Wallace State was chosen as a Dual Enrollment Pell Experiment Site for this special United States Department of Education initiative in 2016, and the program has been continued at least through the 2021-22 academic year.  

High school students enrolled in public high schools are eligible to apply for the Pell funds for the 2021-2022 academic year.  They must also meet the requirements of the Wallace State Dual Enrollment program.   

Students eligible for Wallace State’s Dual Enrollment program must be in grades 10-12, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, have written approval for admittance from a principal or superintendent, meet the Wallace State entrance requirements and complete placement exams.  

According to new federal guidelines, dual enrollment students enrolled at Wallace State in coming semesters will also be eligible receive Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds from the college.   

Dual enrollment students earn credit toward high school graduation and toward a college degree simultaneously, saving time and money, and easing the transition into college. Those planning to transfer to the university routinely earn scholarships and are guaranteed seamless transfer of credits through the STARS statewide articulation system. 

Fall 2021 registration is underway at Wallace State. Fall semester classes begin Thursday, Aug. 19.  

For questions about eligibility for this program, please contact the Wallace State Financial Aid office at financialaid@wallacestate.edu or 256-352-8182.  Students can complete the FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

For more information about Wallace State’s Dual Enrollment program, www.wallacestate.edu/programs/dual-enrollment  or call 256-352-8050.