How to Enroll in the PACE Program
- Complete a Dual Enrollment/PACE Application and return to your high school counselor
All students should contact their high school Guidance Counselor to obtain the PACE application packet.
Download the PACE Application Checklist Brochure
If you do not have a guidance counselor, contact:
The HGTC Admission office or call (843) 349-5277
Submit the completed application & FAFSA Waiver with required signatures to your high school or private school counselor
The SC residency section on the application must be completed. Home-schooled students should submit a completed application and FAFSA Waiver to HGTC Admissions.
- Submit ACT, SAT, or COMPASS test scores
Schedule an appointment with the testing center for COMPASS testing.
Download the COMPASS Placement Tests Brochure
After testing, turn in your scores to your school counselor.
- Work with your school counselor or home-school parent to select the appropriate courses for registration
PACE students may enroll in courses designed to transfer to a senior institution or in courses that apply to associate degree, diploma, or certificate programs.
- Complete the Academic Testing & Course Recommendation section of the PACE Application
Your school counselor or home-school parent will complete and sign this section.
- Review and sign the HGTC Dual Enrollment Attendance Agreement on page 2 of the application
- Student and parent or guardian must sign the agreement.
Important Reminders for Completing the PACE Application and FAFSA Waiver
- Complete the Residency Section
This information is required for verification of Horry and Georgetown County residence. If you were born in South Carolina, please put your birth date for the Date Present Stay in SC Began. If not, use the date you moved to South Carolina.
- Complete the FAFSA Waiver
Complete the FAFSA waiver form and mark the space indicating that you are a current high-school student in dual enrollment, sign it, and date the bottom. The FAFSA Waiver is necessary because it determines your eligibility for Lottery Tuition Assistance without having to submit a FAFSA form.*
- Submit Test Scores
Submit qualifying ACT/SAT scores to your counselor. If you have not taken either of these or your scores did not meet the minimum requirements, you may take the Compass Test either at your high school or at the HGTC campus. Your counselor will assist you with scheduling the testing option available for your high school site. If your counselor cannot administer the test, you need to make an appointment for COMPASS testing at HGTC. You can schedule your appointment here. After testing, turn in your scores to your school counselor.
Note: Incomplete PACE packets without high school signatures/parent or student signatures, social security numbers, test scores, or FAFSA Waiver will result in delayed admissions, non-admissions, or loss of preferred classes.
*SC Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA)
- Students who have completed high school, SC Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA) requires submission of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid); however, students enrolled in high school may sign the FAFSA waiver and be eligible for LTA. This FAFSA Waiver is included in the PACE Application packet and must be submitted. LTA is not based on financial need and covers over 50% of tuition costs
- PACE students are eligible for SC Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA), upon meeting qualifications set by the state and enrolling in a minimum of 6 credits per semester.
- High School students prior to graduation may receive LTA, which does not affect the LIFE or Palmetto scholarships, which begin following the completion of high school.
- Upon graduation from high school, students cannot receive LTA and LIFE/Palmetto in
the same academic year (applies to Early Completers).For example, early completers
who graduate high school mid-year may not receive LTA in the fall ( enrolled in PACE
classes during high-school) and LIFE in the spring (their first semester of college
post high-school graduation)
Important Note: The grades of college courses completed in high school will affect your class standing and/or GPA and, therefore, will affect your eligibility for LIFE and other scholarships following graduation.