Dual Credit Program

If your teenager is a freshman or sophomore in high school, a decision about college is closer than you think. Given the steep tuition prices at most colleges and universities, higher education may seem out of reach.

But what if your student could get a jump start on college credit while saving up to $15,000 on the total cost of college tuition?

Consider Dual Credit

TCC’s Dual Credit Program is a way your student can earn college credit while attending high school, beginning as early as junior year.

Our Dual Credit students take college-level courses taught by fully credentialed adjunct and full-time TCC faculty. These courses satisfy high school graduation requirements and provide college credit at the same time.

  • Your ISD will award high school academic credit.
  • TCC will award college-level academic credit.

When Dual Credit students graduate from high school, they may have already completed up to 1 full year of transferable college credits.

The Texas Legislature restructured the state’s graduation requirements in House Bill 5 (HB 5), which was passed in 2013. To learn more about how HB 5 relates to Dual Credit programs, please see the Texas Education Agency (TEA) College Prep Courses FAQ (PDF will open in a new window).

How will my student benefit?

Students who become a part of our Dual Credit program:

  • Receive high school and college credit for courses in which they earn a “C” or better
  • Satisfy Advanced Measures requirements for the Distinguished Achievement Program
  • Graduate from their high schools with transferable college credits
  • Fast-track their undergraduate or vocational degrees
  • Save on tuition and fees by accelerating time to complete a degree
  • Have access to the full range of TCC services
  • Experience college culture
  • Gain confidence to succeed in college

Is my student eligible for Dual Credit?

High school students in grades 11 or 12 who attend a school in one of our Service Areas are eligible for Dual Credit courses.

Dual Credit students:

  • Must meet TSI eligibility requirements for college-level coursework
  • May not be enrolled in more than 2 dual credit courses per term
  • Are not eligible to enroll in developmental courses for dual credit
  • Must earn a “C” or higher in each course attempted to remain eligible for dual credit coursework



Dual Credit



Updated September 03, 2015


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