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 approved public and private colleges and technical colleges while receiving dual high school and college credit for courses successfully completed.
Courses pursued by students under this program must come from the approved course directory (below) 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 public colleges the program pays for tuition, mandatory fees and provides participating students with a book allowance, in keeping with the benefits provided by the HOPE Program. At private colleges the program pays $125 per semester hour or $84 per quarter hour. 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.