The program is funded by the Tennessee Lottery and administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. It is designed to provide financial assistance to qualified high school students in pursuit of postsecondary study at an eligible Tennessee public or private institution while receiving dual high school and college credit from successfully completed courses. This program provides opportunities for these students to begin working toward a college degree, while still pursuing a high school diploma, and encourages post-secondary education and the acceleration of postsecondary attainment. The term “dual enrollment” applies to these enrollments regardless of course delivery location or course delivery method.
Grades and Transferability
All courses employ the Northeast State grading scale. If a student fails to maintain a grade of "C" in a Jump Start course, he/she will be required to withdraw from the program. Most institutions receiving transfer credit require that the student earn at least a "C" average on college-level work to be transferred. Although Northeast State students have successfully transferred to numerous colleges and universities, it is the responsibility of students who are not planning to attend Northeast State after high school, to contact the colleges of their choice to ensure transferability of coursework. All grades earned will become a permanent part of the student's academic record at Northeast State.