Getting Started with Dual Credit
To participate in Dual Credit, high school students must meet the same standards as the general college student. This includes appropriate test scores and GPA as well as sometimes providing residency documentation. Follow our 8 steps to getting started.
Find out if you are classified as at Texas resident. If you are unable to determine your residency status, you will need to complete a Residency Questionnaire (PDF will open in a new window).
- Tuition and Fees
Find out how much your tuition and fees will be and where and when to pay.
- Payment Methods
Learn how to pay your tuition and fees.
Find out about how refunds are processed.
- Financial Aid (below)
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
FERPA gives parents certain rights regarding their student’s education records, but these rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches 18 years of age. When in our Dual Credit Program, students are enrolled in both a high school and TCC, so the 2 schools may exchange information about them. If your student is under the age of 18, you retain FERPA parental/guardian rights at the high school, so you may inspect or review to any records TCC sends to the high school.
- Disability Support Services (DSS)
Contact DSS if you need access to reasonable accommodations.
Step 1: Notify your high school counselor of your interest in participating in the Dual Credit Program
Your counselor will pull your official transcript to be submitted to TCC.
Step 2: Attend your high school’s Dual Credit Application & Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) Session
Before taking the TSI Assessment, students must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA). TCC Connect Dual Credit Coordinators will administer the PAA at the high school, as well as document participation. The PAA includes the following:
- An explanation of the importance of the TSI Assessment
- Practice test questions and feedback
- Information on campus and community resources to achieve success as a college student
Step 3: Fill out TCC's online application
Online application: TCC Active Apply
- Valid social security number
- Active email address
If you do not meet both of these requirements, you may print a Dual Credit Application (PDF opens in new window) and turn it in along with the rest of your dual credit paperwork.
Step 4: Participate in your school’s scheduled testing or go to any TCC Testing Center to take the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSI) (if necessary)
- TSI placement tests will take place on high school campuses in the spring and results can be reviewed with your school counselor.
- Find out if you are TSI exempt based on other official test scores (ACT, SAT, PSAT, STAAR)
Step 5: Submit the supporting documentation and enrollment form to register
High School Early Enrollment form (PDF opens in new window)
- Must be:
- Signed by high school counselor or principal
- Filled out each semester of enrollment
- Official (sealed) high school or home school transcript
- Qualifying test scores
- Meningitis documentation
Step 6: Pay for Dual Credit courses
- Pay for your classes via WebAdvisor or at any TCC Business Services office. (Some ISDs pay for Dual Credit courses. Check with your local high school.)
- Dual Credit tuition rates are the same as TCC undergraduate rates.
Step 7: Purchase or rent your course materials before classes begin
- After you receive a Dual Credit schedule from your high school counselor, you may buy or rent your books. Visit a TCC campus bookstore or order them online.
- Students must have their textbooks the first day of class.
Step 8: Attend Dual Credit Orientation at your high school.
For Continued Eligibility in the Program
- Earn a minimum grade of "C" in each course attempted.
- Attend class 85% of the time, failure to do so may result in the professor dropping you from the class.
- Not drop a Dual Credit course without permission from your high school counselor. If granted permission, see the tuition refund schedule.
- Meet course prerequisite requirements before enrolling in a classes.
- Submit a High School Early Enrollment form (PDF opens in new window) each semester.
Forms may also be obtained at campus Registrar’s offices.
Dual Credit students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
However, a local TCC reimbursement grant may be available to Dual Credit students with demonstrated financial need. The grant has limited funding and is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Even if you meet eligibility requirements, the program may not have any funds to distribute. Students who qualify for tuition and textbook sponsorship through their high school will not be eligible to apply for the reimbursement program.
If your ISD does not provide tuition or books, you should be prepared to pay for tuition and books.
To apply for the reimbursement grant:
- Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form
- Note: The FAFSA is used by TCC Financial Aid offices to determine eligibility and need. Submission of the FAFSA by Dual Credit students should not be construed as application for federal financial aid.
- Submit the Dual Credit Grant Fund Reimbursement Request Form (PDF opens in new window) to your Dual Credit Coordinator or the Financial Aid office of the campus on which you are registered.
Richard Vela, Director of Dual Credit
Updated June 23, 2015