Are you a Georgia high school student who is ready to start taking FREE college classes to get a jump-start on your degree?
Young Harris Early College is for you
Young Harris Early College is the YHC dual-enrollment program (formerly known as Move On When Ready) whereby Georgia high school students take college courses to receive transferable college credits while still earning credit toward high school graduation.
We offer many online courses that satisfy your high school credits at no cost to you. Tuition, campus fees and books are all paid for by the State of Georgia through the dual-enrollment program. (The only cost to you may be individual lab fees on a course-by-course basis. Students will be financially responsible for lost/damaged books.) These courses do NOT affect your HOPE hours, and our core classes meet HOPE Academic Rigor requirements.
YHEC+3 is Young Harris College's new dual-enrollment program
Young Harris College is excited to announce a new program called YHEC+3. YHEC+3 provides a degree pathway for Young Harris Early College students who plan to pursue a variety of majors including communication studies, English, history, management, psychology and more. Students who complete 30 credit hours of dual enrollment, available online through YHEC, followed by three years at Young Harris College, may be eligible to graduate a year early. Additionally, any student enrolled in Young Harris Early College who earns at least six credit hours automatically receives a Young Harris Early College scholarship! Young Harris Early College classes are completely free for high school juniors and seniors.
Four types of Young Harris Early College Classes are available
1. On Campus – Click here for current courses
Learn what it’s really like to be a YHC student by taking college-level courses on campus alongside current students. Courses must be among the approved list found on the GSFC website.
2. Online – Click here for current courses
Take your courses from any location and at any time of day that fits your schedule. Young Harris College online courses are 8-weeks long and there are 5 semesters per year. These courses use Moodle as the course management system and all proctoring is done via Proctorio.
3. Partner high school
Students in partner high schools attend class in their high school classroom with a Young Harris College instructor. Check with your high school to see how it can become a partner school.
Eligibility Requirements for Young Harris Early College
Admissions Requirements for Early College
To qualify for the Early College Program at YHC, you must:
- Be enrolled in an eligible public or private high school or home-study program
- Be classified as a high school junior or senior
- Have at least a 3.0 high school academic GPA as calculated by YHC and have at least a 1050 (combined math and critical reading) on the SAT or 21 composite on the ACT or have a 3.2 GPA as calculated by YHC without SAT or ACT test scores. (Note that test scores are required for placement in math courses. Accuplacer results may be used in place of SAT/ACT for math placement for dual-enrollment students only).
- If applicable, a student must adhere to any of his/her high school eligibility requirements for participation.
The Georgia Student Finance Commission has prepared answers to some of students' and parents' frequently asked questions about the program. Click here for more information. YHC's goal is for your student to succeed. Should you have additional questions, contact Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them you are a dual-enrollment student.
The initiative required in college is very different from that required in high school. Therefore, we encourage parents to consider the maturity level of their students. The academic rigor of college classes is also significantly more challenging in college than high school. When evaluating whether or not you are ready for college-level coursework, look beyond GPA and standardized test scores.
Online course readiness
If you are thinking about an online course, consider if you are disciplined enough to stick to a schedule even when no one is looking over your shoulder. Taking these online courses gives you flexibility by replacing face-to-face traditional classes with engaging online instructional activities, but there are still due dates to be met. If you are unsure if an online class is right for you, click here for a self-inventory.
Young Harris College offers special scholarships for Young Harris Early College students who enroll as freshmen at YHC. This tiered scholarship is offered based on earned Young Harris Early College credit hours and will be added to other merit-based scholarships earned as a YHC student.
Talk with your guidance counselor about your interest in the dual-enrollment program offered by Young Harris Early College.
Submit your application for admission at discover.yhc.edu/applynow. If you have questions about the application process, contact YHC Admissions at (706) 379-3111.
Submit an official copy of your high school transcript with your most recent grades. If you have test scores, submit your official SAT or ACT scores. If you have not taken the SAT or ACT yet, you may still be eligible to participate in the program if you have a 3.2 GPA.
Submit a Student Participation Agreement showing approval from your high school counselor/administrator and permission from your parent/guardian. Most high school counselors will have one that they want you to use, but if you need a generic version, you can get a form here. All home-study programs within the state of Georgia that operate pursuant to O.C.G.A. §20-2-690(c) must execute a Dual Enrollment Annual Home Study Program Participation Agreement in order to participate in the dual-enrollment program. The Student Participation Agreement (SPA) will list the classes you want to take, and that is what we will use to register you into classes.
- Create an account – NOTE: You will need your Social Security number. If you already have an account, do not create a new one.
- Once logged-in to GAfutures, go to https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/scholarships-grants/dual-enrollment/application-procedure-and-deadline/.
- Click on the Apply Now Button at the top right.
- Click on Add Application.
- Add your phone number, email address, and choose public or private school.
- Click on the list under high school, type the first letter of your school and choose it by clicking the right arrow.
- Click on the list under college, type the first letter of your college and choose it by clicking the right arrow.
- Click the checkbox at the bottom and submit.
Students attending a home-study program, or those students who do not have a Social Security number, must complete the Dual Enrollment funding application (paper).
After you receive your YHC account information, visit email.yhc.edu to access your account and view an important message from the Early College Office.
Get ready to invest in your future through Young Harris Early College!