Frequently Asked Questions

What are School of Transitional Studies (STS) courses?

STS courses are courses required by the Board of Regents to help students succeed in college-level courses.

What courses are offered?

  • ENGL 0099
  • READ 0098
  • Segue English
  • Accelerated ENG 0099
  • Math 0099
  • English for Academic Purposes  EAP (2 levels)

Can I delay taking a STS course until a later semester and take all college-level classes now?

No, STS courses take priority.

Students may take some additional college-level courses along with the STS courses. (See GGC catalog or GGC course schedule for prerequisites.)

Can I withdraw from a STS course?

No, students must remain in their STS courses unless they also withdraw from their college-level courses. Special circumstances must be approved by the Mentoring and Advising Center advisor.

What is the 30-hour rule?

Students must complete their STS courses before earning 30 hours of college credit or they may only take STS courses.

Students with transfer credit who are required to take STS courses may earn up to 30 additional credit-hours of college-level coursework. After earning those additional hours, students must enroll in STS courses only.

What are attempts?

An attempt is the number of times a student takes a STS course.

Students in the University System of Georgia Schools must exit each STS discipline area in/within:

  • two (2) attempts for ENGL 0989; 
  • two (2) attempts in MATH 0987 or MATH 0989

Co-requisite courses: ENGL 0999, MATH 0997 or MATH 0999 have no limit on the number of attempts.

English for Academic Purposes courses (EAP/ESL) have no limit on the number of attempts.

What if I use up all of my attempts before I can exit?

There is a one-year suspension period for all schools in the University System of Georgia.

How do I exit STS courses?

Students exit the co-requisite-level STS course by passing the corresponding college-level course in English (ENGL 1101) or mathematics (MATH 1001 or MATH 1111) with a C or better. Students exit STS courses in EAP (EAP 0090 or EAP 0091) by passing the course with a C or better and passing any required exit exam.