PACE Dual Enrollment “Frequently Asked Questions”
Students will follow the HGTC Academic Calendar for attendance, drop-add dates, and final exams for PACE.
For example, HGTC students earning an Associate Degree then transferring to Coastal Carolina University will have their core curriculum requirements waived. This valuable opportunity saves HGTC students both time and money by allowing students to get a four year degree in less time! Get a head start NOW at HGTC!
The PACE grades earned will be the first grades to appear on your college transcript. Failure to complete these courses with a "C" or better may result in a lower overall GPA and ineligibility or loss of financial aid later on. PACE grades are important and will affect High School GPA, Class Rank, and Scholarships.
Conway Campus: Admissions (843) 349-5277
Conway Campus: Beth Havens, Director of Student Development (843) 349-5249
Grand Strand Campus: Kristen Griffen, Counselor (843) 477-2055
Georgetown Campus: Jaime Davis, Counselor (843) 520-1403
- Earn credits NOW that apply to high school AND college degree requirements.
- Transition smoothly into the rigorous academic expectations of college.
- Save money on tuition costs now at HGTC through affordable tuition which reduces overall college costs.
- Take two PACE classes (6 credit hrs.) in a semester and receive Lottery Tuition Assistance. Save time by getting a head start on your college associate's degree or on a bachelor's degree.
- Reduce the course load during the college freshman and sophomore years, improving the student's ability to meet the "B" average required to keep scholarships such as LIFE.
- Earn transferable college credit upon successful completion of a PACE course rather than having to take an additional national exam (AP) in order to become eligible to earn college credit.
- AP classes are yearlong classes that require a national exam score of 3 to earn credit.
- Earn college credit in a PACE course successfully completed in a semester rather than in a year.
- Receive one full quality point for a PACE dual credit course added to the base CP (College Prep) weighting on the SC Uniform Grading Scale which can benefit the student's high school GPA and class ranking.
- PACE Dual Credit grades are weighted the same as an AP or an IB course.
- Enroll in two PACE classes per semester (6 credit hours) and be eligible for Lottery Tuition Assistance funds, paying over half of tuition costs. Students must be SC residents in order to be eligible for LTA. LTA is not based on financial need and does not affect LIFE or Palmetto scholarships which begin after completion of high school. Other grants and assistance may be available. Refer to your school district's dual enrollment guidelines.
- Prepare high school students to be more successful upon graduation for the next level. Develop important time management and study skills.
- Make students more competitive when applying to a two or four year college.
- Get a head start on college means students can lighten their load in college, finish college on time, or even graduate early while saving both time AND money .
- Begin to ease the transition from high school to college before graduation. Get the best of both worlds... enjoying your high school activities, having the support of family and friends, and increasing your academic skills in college credit classes that will transfer.
- Have access to a nurturing learning environment in a college setting with dedicated faculty.