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Early College

Early College is a portfolio of options for high school students offered by Chattanooga State. One of the most venerable programs at Chattanooga State, an average of 1300 students, across six counties, participate in Early College per semester. Find information below about various Early College options!

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Early College Pathways

Ten Steps to Early College

  1. Complete the Admissions Application.
  2. Receive email verifying receipt of your application and a checklist of items required to finalize your admission. This email will include your student identification number (also called your A#). All communication will be sent to the student email provided on the application.
  3. Complete the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant Application.
  4. Students: Connect with your high school counselor for assistance with making correct course choices.
    Homeschool Students: connect with your umbrella schools for guidance on course selection.
  5. Complete the Early College Acknowledgment Form by clicking on the appropriate link below. Create an account, log in and fill out the student portion of the form. Please note that if you will turn 18 before classes start, you will be asked to upload a copy of your valid driver’s license, state ID, or US passport.

    ​Spring 2021 New Students
    Spring 2021 Homeschool – New Students

    Summer 2021 – New Students
    Summer 2021 Homeschool – New Students

  6. Your school counselor will send a copy of your high school transcript with calculated GPA and updated standardized test scores.
  7. Students NOT currently enrolled in Early College: Parents/Guardians will receive an email request initiated from the Acknowledgement Form process. Parents/Guardians will create their own account, and then click on the form link again to log in and complete the Acknowledgement Form.
  8. Receive email which verifies enrollment or outlines outstanding enrollment requirements. Check email often!
  9. Check Tiger Web for the most accurate billing statement. You are responsible for paying the balance of your tuition by the appropriate due date.
  10. Purchase textbooks and other course materials.


Director, Early College - Jennifer Tedder

jennifer.tedder@chattanoogastate.edu / 423-697-4451

Coordinator TCAT Dual Enrollment - Carl Miller

Carl.miller@chattanoogastate.edu / 423-697-3238

Technical Clerk - Aragorn Thacker

aragorn.thacker@chattanoogastate.edu / 423-697-4427

Outreach Specialist - Cortney Warner


  • Hamilton County
  • Homeschool

Outreach Specialist - Felysha Jenkins

felysha.jenkins@chattanoogastate.edu / 423-697-4498

  • Bledsoe County
  • DeKalb County
  • Grundy County
  • Marion County
  • Rhea County
  • Sequatchi County
  • Signal Mountain HS
  • Sale Creek HS
  • Private Schools
  • Homeschool


Early College courses become part of a student’s permanent college transcript. Potential students must demonstrate maturity, responsibility, and initiative in addition to being academically prepared for success! Course qualifications are varied. Students need to meet minimum high school GPA qualifications.

Payment & Financial Aid

Tuition information can be found here. Please note that some courses have extra fees that may cover equipment, lab materials, or online fees.
Students who are juniors or seniors and Tennessee residents may qualify for financial aid through the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant


One of the advantages of the Early College program is students are treated like regular college students; all correspondence is sent to the student via email or other online student platforms, and all expectations are extremely high. We want to emphasize that students must demonstrate maturity, responsibility, and initiative in addition to being academically prepared for success! According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, administrators and instructors can only speak with you if your student signs a disclosure form.


Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) are advising tools designed to help our students plan for transferring to a Tennessee public university to complete their baccalaureate degree. The TTP's also constitute an agreement between community colleges and universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements.

If an Early College student transfers to another Tennessee community college, the student is guaranteed that all courses transfer. A student who completes all the courses listed on a particular Transfer Pathway will earn an A.A. or A. S. degree at the community college. When the student transfers to a Tennessee public university the transcript will certify that the pathway has been followed. The student is guaranteed that all the community college courses taken will be accepted at the university and the courses will count toward completion of the particular major.

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