Dual Credit Program
Our dual credit students take college-level courses taught by fully credentialed 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 transferable college credits.
Dual credit classes are offered in person or online through participating ISDs.
About Dual Credit at TCC
Why should I enroll in dual credit?
Students who become a part of our dual credit program:
- Receive transferable college credit, while also receiving high school credit
- Save on tuition and fees by accelerating time to complete an undergraduate or technical degree
- Have access to TCC services
- Be better prepared for success in college
- Have an academic edge and be more desirable to universities
Before making your decision, though, you should also learn about:
What classes are offered through dual credit?
Dual credit courses are offered in a variety of subject areas, including math, science, English, economics, history, government, and technical courses. These courses serve as paths to academic degree programs or college-level workforce education courses.
Our specific course offerings are determined through written agreements between TCC and your participating high school, private, charter or home school. Depending on the agreement, courses may not be offered every semester.
Confirm offerings with a TCC Coordinator of Educational Partnerships for your campus. The College reserves the right to add, change or cancel any course section as necessary.
Where are dual credit classes taught?
The location of your classes is determined by the agreement your high school, private, charter or home school has with TCC.
Dual credit course locations include:
- In-person at your high school
- In-person at a TCC campus (Find the TCC campus nearest you)
- Online (through TCC Connect Campus)
What are the eligibility requirements for dual credit?
To be eligible, you must:
- Be enrolled in good standing in 9–12 grade of a participating high school, private, charter or home school,
- Have approval from a high school counselor or administrator,
- Fulfill appropriate admissions criteria to TCC,
- Learn more about applying to TCC dual credit.
- Meet minimum test scores, and
- Have a TSI assessment score or exemption on file with TCC.
Can I take dual credit if I'm a home school student?
Yes! You'll need to meet the eligibility requirements listed above.
To get started,
How much does dual credit cost?
Starting Fall 2023, tuition is waived for dual credit students as part of the FAST program.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the FAST program.
Is financial aid available for dual credit?
Dual credit students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid.
However, TCC offers a Dual Credit Student Success Grant (DCSSG), which helps with educational expenses (such as textbooks and supplies) if you're an eligible dual credit student with demonstrated need.
The grant has limited funding and is allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To apply for the DCSSG,
- Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
- TCC Financial Aid offices use the FAFSA to determine eligibility and need.
- Submitting a FAFSA as a dual credit student does not mean that you are applying for/will be eligible to receive federal financial aid.
- Complete the Dual Credit Student Success Grant Application (PDF)Listen.
- Submit the application to either your:
How do I apply for dual credit at TCC?
High School Students
Use this option if you attend a local high school, private school, or charter school, and would like to participate through your school.
- Check if your school has a dual credit partnership with TCC.
- Talk to your high school counselor or one of our coordinators of educational partnerships.
- Apply for admission.
Home School Students
Use this option if you receive your secondary schooling at home.
How do I register for dual credit classes?
After you've been admitted at TCC, you should work with our coordinators of educational partnerships to register for classes, or self-register (if permitted).
Make sure you have a plan to register for TCC's registration deadlines.
To self-register, follow our instructions to register for dual credit classes.
If You're Taking an Online Dual Credit Class
Take the Online Readiness Assessment at least 24 hours before you register for an online course.
More Dual Credit Resources
- Attending class: Read about expectations for your student for the first day of classes.
- Support resources and services: Get help while enrolled in dual credit classes.
- FERPA Rights: Know your rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
Do you have more questions?
Contact a coordinator of educational partnerships for your local TCC campus.
Updated November 20, 2023