Accel Program

Program Type

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;

Award Amount

Students that meet all eligibility requirements receive an Accel award amount to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition. Students attending private colleges or universities receive an Accel award amount, to be applied toward standard undergraduate tuition, based on the number of hours of enrollment.  To determine your Accel award amount, please review this chart.


Course Directory

Upon choosing a Georgia eligible postsecondary institution to attend select college equivalent courses from the Accel course listing found here: Approved Core Courses for the Accel Program.

Application Procedure

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 application PDF - icon.

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

Impact on HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility

  • 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 reached the combined paid-hours limit of 127 semester hours or 190 quarter hours for payment received from a combination of Accel, HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship or HOPE Grant programs, that student is no longer eligible to continue to receive payment.

Other Information

For more information regarding Accel, refer to the Accel program regulations .