High School to College

The ACCEL Program

The ACCEL Program is a great way to get a jump start on earning post-secondary degree level credit and high school credit and the same time. 



Non-Need Based Grant



The Accel program is for students at eligible high schools that wish to take college level coursework for credit towards both high school and college graduation requirements. Eligible students must meet certain criteria, explained below. The program is offered during the fall, winter, and spring terms of the school year.



To be eligible for the Accel program, a student must:

  1. Be a high school student seeking a high school diploma from a public or private secondary educational institution, including unaccredited home study or home school programs;
  2. Be enrolled in an eligible college or university or public technical college as a dual credit student taking approved college degree-level coursework;
  3. Meet U.S. citizenship requirements, as explained in the Accel program regulations;
  4. Be a legal resident of Georgia;
  5. Be registered with Selective Service, if required;
  6. Not be in default or owe a refund on any student financial aid program;
  7. Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990;



Students that meet requirements to be eligible for Accel receive an award that covers tuition. Students attending private colleges or universities receive an amount based on the number of hours of enrollment. To determine your Accel award amount, please review this chart.



For a list of approved high school courses and the college level equivalent, please refer to the following list:     High School Courses and College Equivalents for the Accel Program pdf white icon



Students who attend an eligible high school that doesn't have access to transmit transcripts electronically or participate in the GAMES Academy or the Advanced Academy of Georgia must complete the paper Accel applicationpdf white icon

Students who attend an eligible high school which has access to transmit electronically should complete the online Accel Program Application.



All hours paid for by the Accel program through Spring term 2011 will be included in the combined paid-hours limit of 127 semester/190 quarter hours, which includes payments from the HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and Accel programs. Hours taken and paid for by the Accel program beginning in Fall 2011 will not be counted in the combined paid-hours limit for HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship, and HOPE Grant. Once a student has been paid Accel or HOPE for 127 semester hours or 190 quarter hours, that student is no longer eligible to continue to receive HOPE or Accel payment. For more information regarding Accel, refer to the Accel program regulations.