High School Students

PaceDual Enrollment through the Program for Accelerated College Enrollment (PACE)

The PACE program offers opportunities for high-school juniors and seniors, as well as private and home-schooled students, to get a head start on college! Through the cooperation of the Horry and Georgetown County School Districts and the area high schools, the PACE program enables qualified students to meet high-school graduation requirements while taking college credit courses. These college credits may apply to programs of study at Horry Georgetown Technical College or transfer to senior institutions.

Advantages of the PACE Program

Taking PACE Dual Enrollment classes through HGTC offers students a number of advantages including:

  • Earn credits now that apply to high school and college degree requirements.
  • Reduce the course load during your college freshman and sophomore years, improving your ability to meet and maintain the B average required for LIFE or other scholarships.
  • Provide a smooth transition from high school to the academic demands of college.
  • Reduce overall college costs significantly.

Who is Eligible?

Each prospective PACE student must meet HGTC admissions requirements before enrolling. Permission is required for all high school students to enroll in PACE courses. Private-school or home-schooled students who wish to enroll for dual credit must request written confirmation from their private high school or home-school organization to document that high school credit will be awarded.

The two PACE opportunities for junior and seniors at Horry Georgetown Technical College are University Parallel and HGTC's various programs for associate degrees, diplomas, or certificates.


Follow These Easy Steps to Enroll in the PACE Program:

  1. Complete a Dual Enrollment / PACE application.
    The PACE application packet is available by contacting the HGTC Admissions Office at (843) 349-5277 or by e-mailing admissions@hgtc.edu. The PACE application packet includes the HGTC application, FAFSA waiver, and attendance agreement. Do not skip the residency section; this information is required for verification of Horry and Georgetown County residence.
  2. Submit the completed application & FAFSA waiver to your high-school or private-school counselor.
    Mark the space indicating that you are a current high-school student in dual enrollment, sign it, and date the bottom.
  3. Submit test scores. After testing, turn in your scores to your school counselor. Minimum test scores are required for PACE courses.
  4. Work with your school counselor or home-school parent to select the appropriate courses for registration.
    PACE students may enroll in courses designed to transfer to a senior institution or in courses that apply to associate degree, diploma, or certificate programs at Horry Georgetown Technical College.
  5. Complete the Academic Testing & Course Recommendation section of the PACE Application.
    Obtain the appropriate signature from your school counselor or home-school parent, as well.
  6. Review and sign the HGTC Dual Enrollment Attendance Agreement.
    Have your parent or guardian sign the agreement, as well.

SC Lottery Tuition Assistance

PACE students are eligible for SC Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA), upon meeting qualifications set by the state and enrolling in a minimum of 6 credits per semester. Lottery Tuition Assistance and LIFE Scholarships may not be used in the same academic year. Important Note: The grades of college courses completed in high school will affect your class standing and/or GPA and, therefore, will affect your eligibility for LIFE and other scholarships.
Contact your Guidance Counselor today for more information.