Dual Credit

  • Dual Credit allows a high school student to earn college credit and high school credit simultaneously. Typically, Academic Dual Credit is awarded through San Antonio College. Career and Technical Dual Credit is awarded through St. Philip’s College, Palo Alto College, and San Antonio College.

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  • Requirements for Dual Credit

    Talk to your counselor and read the Academic High School Dual Credit Handbook for your school before applying for Dual Credit. Below are the requirements for Dual Credit:

    Step 1: Complete GoApplyTexas Application according to the Apply Texas Handbook

    Step 2: Review the Dual Credit Handbook - Visit your campus website for a link to the Campus Specific Dual Credit Checklist. Complete and submit the checklist by the posted deadline. 

    Step 3: Review and complete the TSIA (Texas Success Initiative Assessment) Test Prep

    Step 4: Prepare for and take the TSIA2 Exam or the ACT/SAT in order to qualify for Dual Credit - Once you have taken the TSIA2 and still need more practice, click here for individualized practice.  

    Step 5:  Submit the Dual Credit Checklist (linked in your Dual Credit Handbook) to the Counseling Office by the Deadline  

    The TSIA2 Exam is a state-mandated program designed to help determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. The program will help you know what type of courses or interventions will assist you to be prepared for college-level course work. Talk to your counselor to find out where to register for your exam. The TSIA2 is an updated version of the same exam and is available in January 2021.

    Academic Dual Credit 

    Career and Technical Dual Credit

    Resources Available at SAC and Alamo Colleges For Dual Credit Students

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AP/Dual Credit/OnRamps Dual Enrollment: What's the Difference?

 

Advanced Placement

Dual credit

Dual Enrollment

Description

The AP program allows high school students to take college-level courses and exams to potentially earn college credit.

A Dual Credit course allows a high school student to earn college credit and high school credit concurrently.

Dual Enrollment allows high school students to simultaneously earn a high school credit as well a separate college credit.

Description

 

Advanced Placement

The AP program allows high school students to take college-level courses and exams to potentially earn college credit.

Dual credit

A Dual Credit course allows a high school student to earn college credit and high school credit concurrently.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment allows high school students to simultaneously earn a high school credit as well a separate college credit.

Credit

High school credit is awarded for successful completion of the course. Most colleges offer credit and/or placement for qualifying AP scores.

Credit, both high school and college, is awarded when the student passes the course with a 70% or better. The number of college credit hours is determined by the college. Typically, academic Dual Credit is awarded through San Antonio College.

High school credit is awarded if the student passes the course with a 70% or better. The faculty of UT Austin awards college credit if the student earns a D- or better in the college portion of the course. Students may choose to accept the college credit.

Credit

 

Advanced Placement

High school credit is awarded for successful completion of the course. Most colleges offer credit and/or placement for qualifying AP scores.

Dual credit

Credit, both high school and college, is awarded when the student passes the course with a 70% or better. The number of college credit hours is determined by the college. Typically, academic Dual Credit is awarded through San Antonio College.

Dual Enrollment

High school credit is awarded if the student passes the course with a 70% or better. The faculty of UT Austin awards college credit if the student earns a D- or better in the college portion of the course. Students may choose to accept the college credit.

Teachers/ Instructors

AP courses are taught by high school teachers trained by the College Board.

Dual Credit courses are taught by high school teachers qualified to serve as adjunct professors at the college.

Dual Enrollment courses are taught by qualified high school teachers in conjunction with faculty from the University of Texas at Austin. The high school course is taught in person in conjunction with the distance learning provided by the university.

Teachers/ Instructors

 

Advanced Placement

AP courses are taught by high school teachers trained by the College Board.

Dual credit

Dual Credit courses are taught by high school teachers qualified to serve as adjunct professors at the college.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment courses are taught by qualified high school teachers in conjunction with faculty from the University of Texas at Austin. The high school course is taught in person in conjunction with the distance learning provided by the university.

College/ University Acceptance

AP scores are accepted throughout the nation. However, students should note individual college and university requirements for credit may vary. Students should check with each school's policy.

Dual Credit hours are accepted at public colleges and universities in Texas. Other colleges and universities may accept the credit hours, but students should check with each school's policy.

Dual Enrollment hours are accepted at public colleges and universities in Texas. Other colleges and universities may accept the credit hours, but students should check with each school's policy.

College/ University Acceptance

 

Advanced Placement

AP scores are accepted throughout the nation. However, students should note individual college and university requirements for credit may vary. Students should check with each school's policy.

Dual credit

Dual Credit hours are accepted at public colleges and universities in Texas. Other colleges and universities may accept the credit hours, but students should check with each school's policy.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment hours are accepted at public colleges and universities in Texas. Other colleges and universities may accept the credit hours, but students should check with each school's policy.

Location/ textbooks

AP courses are taught at the high school. Curriculum and instructional resources are provided by the school district.

Dual credit courses are taught at the high school. Curriculum and instructional resources are provided in conjunction by the school district and the college.

Dual Enrollment courses are taught at the high school and on a distance learning platform. Curriculum and instructional resources are provided by UT Austin and/or the school district.

Location/ textbooks

 

Advanced Placement

AP courses are taught at the high school. Curriculum and instructional resources are provided by the school district.

Dual credit

Dual credit courses are taught at the high school. Curriculum and instructional resources are provided in conjunction by the school district and the college.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment courses are taught at the high school and on a distance learning platform. Curriculum and instructional resources are provided by UT Austin and/or the school district.

Rigor

College Level Rigor - AP courses are standardized and controlled by The College Board. Course syllabi are submitted and approved by College Board.

College Course - Dual Credit course syllabi are submitted and approved by individual departments at Alamo Colleges.

College Course - Through a distance learning platform, students experience courses exactly as they would receive instruction at the UT Austin campus.

Rigor

 

Advanced Placement

College Level Rigor - AP courses are standardized and controlled by The College Board. Course syllabi are submitted and approved by College Board.

Dual credit

College Course - Dual Credit course syllabi are submitted and approved by individual departments at Alamo Colleges.

Dual Enrollment

College Course - Through a distance learning platform, students experience courses exactly as they would receive instruction at the UT Austin campus.

Cost

Course is free of charge. The cost of the exam is set by the College Board. Subsidies for the exam may be available. Students are responsible for any fees associated with taking the exam and to send scores to colleges and universities.

Course is free of charge. Students are responsible for any transcript fee assessed by the college.

Course is free of charge. Students are responsible for any transcript fee assessed by UT Austin.

Cost

 

Advanced Placement

Course is free of charge. The cost of the exam is set by the College Board. Subsidies for the exam may be available. Students are responsible for any fees associated with taking the exam and to send scores to colleges and universities.

Dual credit

Course is free of charge. Students are responsible for any transcript fee assessed by the college.

Dual Enrollment

Course is free of charge. Students are responsible for any transcript fee assessed by UT Austin.

Impact on High School GPA

Course is considered advanced and is weighted in accordance with local policy.

Course is considered advanced and is weighted in accordance with local policy.

Course is considered advanced and is weighted in accordance with local policy.

Impact on High School GPA

 

Advanced Placement

Course is considered advanced and is weighted in accordance with local policy.

Dual credit

Course is considered advanced and is weighted in accordance with local policy.

Dual Enrollment

Course is considered advanced and is weighted in accordance with local policy.

Impact on College Transcript

Each college or university evaluates transfer credit based on its own policies, which vary by school, college, and institution. AP scores are sent by the student. AP scores could earn students college credit or advanced placement.

Each college or university evaluates transfer credit based on its own policies, which vary by school, college, and institution. Dual Credit performance is permanently recorded on the student's college transcript. All college transcripts must be reported when applying to any college or university. Failing grades cannot be expunged.

Each college or university evaluates transfer credit based on its own policies, which vary by school, college, and institution. Students who earn and accept college credit in an OnRamps course may request a transcript from UT Austin. Once on the transcript, OnRamps course grades are factored into a student's cumulative GPA at UT Austin.

Impact on College Transcript

 

Advanced Placement

Each college or university evaluates transfer credit based on its own policies, which vary by school, college, and institution. AP scores are sent by the student. AP scores could earn students college credit or advanced placement.

Dual credit

Each college or university evaluates transfer credit based on its own policies, which vary by school, college, and institution. Dual Credit performance is permanently recorded on the student's college transcript. All college transcripts must be reported when applying to any college or university. Failing grades cannot be expunged.

Dual Enrollment

Each college or university evaluates transfer credit based on its own policies, which vary by school, college, and institution. Students who earn and accept college credit in an OnRamps course may request a transcript from UT Austin. Once on the transcript, OnRamps course grades are factored into a student's cumulative GPA at UT Austin.

Eligibility

Open to any student. Students will want to be prepared for the AP course selected. Some AP classes have recommended courses students will need to take prior.

Students must qualify by taking the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) test and complete the college application.

Open to any student. Students do not have to meet testing requirements or complete an application to enroll. Some courses will require completion of high school course prerequisites. Participating students should be prepared to experience a college distance learning course.

Eligibility

 

Advanced Placement

Open to any student. Students will want to be prepared for the AP course selected. Some AP classes have recommended courses students will need to take prior.

Dual credit

Students must qualify by taking the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) test and complete the college application.

Dual Enrollment

Open to any student. Students do not have to meet testing requirements or complete an application to enroll. Some courses will require completion of high school course prerequisites. Participating students should be prepared to experience a college distance learning course.