Home School Student
You're a home school student if you're receiving your secondary schooling at home.
What are my options at TCC?
If you're a home school graduate, complete our new-to-college admissions steps.
If you're currently a home school student, you can:
- Enroll in our dual credit program, which lets you earn high school and college credit at the same time. (Follow steps below.)
- Take continuing education courses for home-schooled students. To learn more about our non-credit courses for home-schooled students, visit our home school courses page.
Getting Started with TCC's Dual Credit Program
Our steps walk you through the process, from applying for admission to taking a seat in the classroom.
- Apply for Admissions & Reimbursement Grant
- Complete the Pre-Assessment Activity
- Complete Any Testing Requirements
- Submit Supporting Documents
- Register for Classes
- Finish Preparing for Your Semester
Apply for Admission & The Dual Credit Reimbursement Grant
Apply for Admission
What should I know before I apply
To participate in Dual Credit, you must have writing and reading test scores on file, as well as math scores if you plan to take a math class. See below for information on submitting scores.
How do I apply to TCC?
Complete and submit an ApplyTCC application for admission. (use Firefox or Chrome for the best experience)
- View our dual credit apply video and follow along while you apply.
- You may also use ApplyTexas as an alternate online application method.
When will I know if I’m accepted to TCC?
After the application is submitted, you will receive a system generated email called “WebAdvisor and Email Account Notice.”
- It will provide you with your my.tccd.edu email account name, your TCC student ID and instructions on activating email.
- If you do not receive an email with your TCC ID after 24-48 hours, inquire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and date of birth.
Check your email to locate your acceptance letter with your next steps. Typically you will need to submit supporting documentation. Allow up to 5 business days for processing if you applied via ApplyTexas.
What's the deadline to apply to TCC?
Submit your application before the deadline of at least 7 days before the start of the term.
Find deadlines and important dates in the Academic Calendar.
Apply for the Dual Credit Reimbursement Grant (only for non-sponsored students)
Complete the FAFSA as early as possible for the best chance of receiving funds.
- Submit requested financial aid documents required for verification process.
- Depending on your financial need you may be eligible for the dual credit reimbursement grant.
- Submit the dual credit reimbursement form (PDF)Listen.
If you have questions regarding the financial aid process contact email@example.com.
Complete the Pre-Enrollment Activity (PAA)
Complete this step before taking the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment.
- Complete your PAA online through WebAdvisor. (You must first login to WebAdvisor for the first time before completing the PAA.)
- To access the PAA online,
- Log in to WebAdvisor.
- Choose Pre-Assessment Activity under the Prepare to Register heading of the student menu.
- The PAA includes:
- The importance of the TSI Assessment
- Practice test questions and feedback
- Campus and community resources to achieve success as a college student
- Development education options
Complete any Testing Requirements
TSI Assessment (TSI-A)
The TSI Assessment is offered online and by appointment with TCC Testing Centers, or you may also be able to complete TSI testing with your High School. (Your school and TCC must have a Testing Data Sharing Agreement.)
You must meet or exceed these college-ready scores. Learn more about the TSI Assessment and how to sign up.
If completing TSIA testing with TCC:
- After completing the PAA, email a Success Coach using your TCC email to receive a TSI Testing Referral.
- Find out if you are TSI-exempt based on other official test scores (ACT, SAT, PSAT, STAAR).
- Review additional options to meet dual credit eligibility for dual credit courses (Link will open in a new window).
- Download our TSI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Dual Credit Students (PDF).Listen
- Contact our Dual Credit coordinators if you have questions.
Online Readiness Assessment
If you have never taken an online course at TCC and are registering for a class with our TCC Connect Campus, you must take the Online Readiness Assessment before you can register.
This requirement is only for students taking online courses with the TCC Connect campus
Submit Your Supporting Documents
Submit the following documents to the Admissions and Registrar Office:
Meet with TCC's Dual Credit Staff to Register
Make an appointment to meet with our Dual Credit Office to complete your enrollment, including registering for classes.
For your meeting, fill in the top portion of the High School Early Enrollment Form (PDF)Listen and stop before getting to the courses to be taken section. That portion will be filled out with your homeschool parent/dual credit designee.
Also be prepared to talk about:
- Class options and scheduling
- Course load
- College course expectations
Finish Preparing for Your Semester
Pay for Classes
- Pay for your classes via Account Summary module located in MyTCCTrack or at any TCC Business Services office.
- Dual Credit tuition rates are the same as TCC undergraduate rates.
- View our payments FAQ page to read about student account center and payment details.
- Find more information about possible financial aid for Dual Credit courses.
Purchase Textbooks and Supplies
You must have your textbooks for the first day of class in order to have a successful semester.
Stay in Dual Credit for Home School
To be eligible for continued dual credit classes, you must:
- Follow TCC's academic standing policy, as well as all other policies and regulations outlined in the TCC Catalog.
- Follow the rights and responsibilities as a TCC student.
- Complete the High School Early Enrollment form (PDF)Listeneach semester. The form will require a TCC representative's signature, so you'll need to schedule an appointment early and have it signed before you can register for classes.
- Acknowledge the Financial Responsibility Agreement (FRA) in WebAdvisor. (Located under the Business Services menu).
- Attend class 85% of the time. Failure to do so may result in the professor dropping you from the class.
- Satisfy course prerequisite requirements before enrolling in a class.
- Complete #NotAnymore online training in your first semester. (Failure to do so may result in a block from registering your second semester.)
If you have any questions about any of the steps above, contact your dual credit service areas for more information.
Updated October 13, 2021