Dual Enrollment /Accelerated High School Students Defined:
The College enrolls current high school students using either 1 of 2 admission categories: 1) Dual Enrollment or 2) Accelerated High School Program. A dual enrollment student attends high school and wishes to attend LSCC for college and / or high school credit. Participants may receive both college and high school credit. An accelerated high school student enrolls at LSCC to earn college credit only.
Upcoming Dual Enrollment Registration Period
NOTE: The last day to enroll in our summer dual enrollment program has expired. If you are interested in taking fall dual enrollment courses, we will start accepting applications on July 14th! Please be advised that incomplete applications will not be accepted by the college.
Special Dual Enrollment Announcement for Summer (Regular) and CIS146 & Career Technical Students!
Book Announcement is for High School Students Enrolled in CIS146 and Career Technical Classes ONLY!!!
Dual Enrollment Books are Ready for Pick-up in the Bookstore (on either campus) !!!
Dual Enrollment Students enrolled in CIS146 or Career Technical Courses: Follow these steps to get your books (in this exact order).
Step 1: (All DE Student)
Print a copy of your schedule. If you do not have a copy, login your Student Suite account and print off a copy of your schedule, or go to the Admissions/Registrar's offices to print a copy of your schedule, if you need assistance.
Step 2: (All DE Students)
Bessemer Campus Students: Go to the cashiers window (near the bookstore) and get a parking decal and student ID. Location: Building-A (bookstore area)
Birmingham Campus Students: Go the ID and parking decal room directly across from the Financial Aid Office in the Administration Building, 1st floor (lower level)
Go the ID and parking decal room directly across from the Financial Aid Office in the Administration Building, 1st floor (lower level)
Step 3: (Only CIS146 and Career Technical DE Students)
For CIS146 students and Career Technical Dual Enrollment Students ONLY
Go to the bookstore to pick up your CIS146 book or Career Technical Book (i.e., cosmetology, CIS146, plumbing, automotive, etc...)
Dual Enrollment Eligibility Requirements:
An applicant must complete an Application for Admission and the Accelerated/Dual Enrollment High School Student form. Participants may receive both high school credit and college credit. The program is restricted to qualified students in Alabama public and/or regionally accredited high schools for which superintendents have signed agreements with Lawson State Community College. Student eligibility is determined by each individual school system and may be more limited than the minimum requirements listed below:
The applicant must have a 3.0 GPA in completed high school courses (if attempting to take academic courses like history, biology, etc...) and a 2.5 GPA (if attempting to take Career Technical courses, like barbering, autobody, etc...).
Freshman students are not eligible for this program. Students must be a sophomore in high school or above.
Enrollment in a combined number of high school and college courses per term will not exceed that which is educationally sound as determined by the College and the local School Board. Students are limited no more than two dual enrollment classes per semester (summer, fall or spring).
The appropriate principal and local superintendent must sign the form on the reverse side of the “Application for Admission” certifying that the applicant has the appropriate average and recommends the applicant be admitted to this program.
A new application and an updated official high school transcript must be submitted each semester the student attends the College.
The applicant must be in grade 10, 11, or 12. (See ID statement) .
- Students must complete a six-hour sequence of courses to receive one unit of high school credit. (Three semester hours equal one-half high school unit of credit.) A completed application for admission, all documents required for admission, including appropriate ID, must be on file before the applicant’s desired entry term begins.
Applying for Dual Enrollment
Step 1: Complete Application
Read the eligibility statement above. If you meet the eligibility requirements, print off the Dual Enrollment application (below).
Get all required signatures to include: (a) the student's signature; (b) parent/guardian signature; (c) principal's signature.
Lawson State will secure all signatures from participating superintendents.
Step 2: Submit Required Documentation--State ID & Transcript
Make a photocopy of the following and staple each item to the Dual Enrollment application: (a) copy of student's high school transcripts; (b)copy of the student's official state
photo ID or driver's license; (c) if the student does NOT have an official state photo ID, submit a high school ID along with a copy of the student's social security card OR birth certificate.
As noted above, if a student does not have a state issued ID, he or she MUST submit two other forms of identification: a copy of the high school ID along with a social security card OR birth certificate.
Step 3: Review Eligible Dual Enrollment Course Listing
Review the listing of eligible Dual Enrollment courses (by clicking on the "Click here" button below) and select one to two classes to take this term. Please note there is an academic track (of courses) and a Career Technical track (of courses).
Step 4: Select Courses from Lawson's Online Class Schedule
Once you have selected up to two classes (from the Dual Enrollment eligible course listing), click on the Class Schedule button (below) to find and select the actual Lawson State class or classes you would like to take (this term). Please be careful when selecting courses. Dual enrollment students can take evening and weekend classes and online classes (on the campus of Lawson State) or can take dual enrollment classes at their high school, if the class is offered. When looking up classes on the online schedule, the campus location will be stated. Hence, make sure you select classes carefully.
Step 5: Complete a Trial Schedule--View Sample for Guidance
Once you have selected your class(es) from Lawson's online scheduling system, complete the Trial Schedule
(which outlines your course selections) and staple it to your application packet. A sample has been provided to guide you through the process.
Trial Schedule Sample Trial Schedule
Step 6: Submit Your Application
Mail or Deliver Your Application to Lawson State or Submit It to Your Counselor (only at participating high schools). You may submit your dual enrollment application in 1 of 3 ways. Applications received after the stated admission deadline will NOT be considered.
Mail your application directly to Lawson State Community College.
Mail your dual enrollment application, required ID to: Lawson State Community College, 1100 9th Avenue S.W., Bessemer, AL 35022, Attention: Dr. Jeff Shelley, Admissions Office.
Deliver your application to one of Lawson State Community College's Admission Office locations in Birmingham or Bessemer.
Lawson State Community College has Admissions Offices on both campus locations (Birmingham and Bessemer). You may personally deliver your completed application to the office of your choice. Click here for driving directions. Admissions Office locations are open until 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesday evenings.
Submit Your Application to Your School Counselor.
If using this option, please email us to alert us that you have submitted your application. Email: HSenroll@lawsonstate.edu and provide us with the following: Your full name, your telephone number, your high school, the date you submitted your application, and the name of the counselor who received your application at your high school.
Tuition, Fees & Books for Dual Enrollment and Accelerated High School Program Students
Academic Students: Academically tracked Dual Enrollment students should anticipate paying for their tuition and fees as well as their books unless their School District has agreed to cover the expense of tuition and fees. To find out about whether or not your school district will cover your tuition costs and fees, speak directly to your counselor. School districts DO NOT pay for textbooks for academic students, so students enrolling in academic tracked classes should plan in advance to purchase their books (on their own).
Career Technical Students: If you are a Career Technical student, Lawson State has grant monies set aside to cover students' tuition and books while funds last. Awards will be granted on a first come, first come basis while monies are available. Once grant funds lapse, Career Technical students will have to depend on school district monies (if available) to cover their own tuition, fees or books or pay their own tuition, fees and books.
Accelerated High School Student:
If you are a Career Technical student, Lawson State has grant monies set aside to cover students' tuition and books while funds last. Awards will be granted on a first come, first come basis while monies are available. Once grant funds lapse, Career Technical students will have to depend on school district monies (if available) to cover their own tuition, fees or books or pay their own tuition, fees and books. The applicant must complete an Admission Application and the Accelerated/Dual Enrollment High School Student form. Applicants may take such college courses during junior and senior years in high school. Upon graduation from high school, a student may enroll at the College or transfer college credits earned to another college or university. Please note that course content, instructional strategy and academic rigor of all classes are based on the college level. Student eligibility is determined by each individual school system and may be more limited than the minimum requirements:
- The applicant must have successfully completed the 10th grade. (See ID statement.)
- The applicant must have completed any required high school prerequisites (for example, a student may not take English Composition until all required high school English courses have been completed).
- The applicant must also take the COMPASS assessment or have an appropriate ACT or SAT score. Enrollment in a combined number of high school and college courses per term will not exceed that which is educationally sound as determined by the College and the local School Board.
- The local principal or his / her designee must sign the form on the reverse side of the “Application for Admission” certifying the applicant has a minimum cumulative (B) 3.0 grade point average and recommends the applicant be admitted to this program.
- A new application, acknowledgement form and updated official high school transcript must be submitted each semester the applicant participates in the program at the college.
- The College will not officially award college credit to accelerated high school students until proof of high school graduation (an official transcript with a graduation date) is provided.
- The application must be on file before the desired entry term begins meaning the completed application for admission and all documents required for admission, including appropriate ID.