Joint Enrollment/

College Enrollment as a High school student


The joint enrollment program is designed for high school juniors and seniors who wish to enter college on a part-time or full time basis and earn college credit while they complete their junior and/or senior year of high school. You must have prior approval from your parents and high school counselor or principal. The student must earn a minimum of 1060 total (Critical Reading and Math Scores only) on the SAT or 23 ACT composite. The requirements for enrollment in college level English and Math is a minimum of 530 Verbal/Critical Reading SAT or 23 ACT English and 530 Math SAT or 24 Math ACT.  The applicant must have a 3.0 or higher high school grade point average and permission from High School guidance counselor.


The ACCEL Program is for students classified as high school juniors and seniors at accredited public or private high schools in the state of Georgia, and is operated in all school terms except summer.  The program allows students to pursue postsecondary study at Savannah State University, while receiving dual high school and college credit for courses successfully completed. This is a tuition payment program only; the applicant must meet the admissions requirements for Joint Enrollment or Early Enrolled student.

Courses pursued by students under this program must come from the approved course directory (found at ) which is supplied to high school counselors in the state.  Courses are available only in the areas of the core graduation requirements for college preparatory students:  English; Mathematics; Social Studies; Science; Foreign Language.

At Savannah State University the ACCEL program pays for tuition, mandatory fees and provides participating students with a book allowance, in keeping with the benefits provided by the HOPE Program.  Transportation and other expenses are the responsibility of the student, including tuition and other expenses for non-core courses, if any are taken.

Credit hours paid by the ACCEL Program for the student will count towards the limit of postsecondary hours paid for by the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Program.  Additional requirements or restrictions for participating in this program may be imposed by the high school.

Application Procedure

  1. Complete an application and pay a non-refundable application fee of $20.00
  2. Request your high school to send an official copy of your transcript to be sent directly to the Admissions Office.  Submit official test scores from either the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SATI) or The American College Testing Program (ACT).  Test scores included on the high school transcript may used.
  3. Verification of Lawful Presence

    In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.3.4, all applicants who are accepted for admission or readmission to Savannah State University and who seek to be classified as

    in-state for tuition purposes, will be required to provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the State of Georgia and the United States. Acceptance to Savannah State University may be delayed until lawful presence is verified.

    The U.S. Department of Education will automatically validate the lawful presence of any student who completes a FAFSA application; therefore, if you are applying for financial aid it will not be necessary for Savannah State University to perform additional verification of your residency status. Otherwise, you will be required to submit one of the following documents to the Office of Admissions:

    • Certified U.S. Birth Certificate (no photocopies)
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
    • Current U.S. Passport
    • GA Driver's License (issued after 1/1/2008)
    • GA ID Card (issued after 1/1/2008)
    • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issue by Dept. of State (DS-1350)
    • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561)
    • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570)
  4. If the paying for courses using the ACCEL/HOPE program, an ACCEL application must be completed online at and you are required to meet with your high school guidance counselor to determine graduation requirements and other requirements to maintain enrollment standards for district. 
  5. The applicant must log into and complete the ACCEL application and have high school guidance counselor enter approved courses and submit the file electronically to Georgia Student Finance Commission.  Savannah State University will enter the equivalent college courses and submit an invoice to Georgia Student Finance for payment.

For more information contact Kenielle E. Morris at 912-258-4019 or