Get a jump start on Your College Education
It is the mission of the Deep East Texas College & Career Alliance that within four years, students will complete an individual learning path demonstrating commitment to self, peers and community, graduating with up to 60 hours toward an associate’s degree, an Institutional Award or Level I certificate to be prepared and admitted to a bachelor’s degree program or enter the workforce.
What is Dual Credit?
- Credit is a form of concurrent enrollment that allows a high school student to take certain courses at Hill College that earn both college and high school credit.
- Courses are either face to face or online.
- Typically, students take one course each semester for their freshman and sophomore years. Two or more courses each semester may be taken the junior and senior year. Additional HS approval is needed to take more than two dual credit courses per term.
- Grades are posted on high school transcript and college transcript.
- Must earn a “C” or better to receive high school credit.
Why Dual Credit?
Get a jump start on Your College Education.
Save Time and $$$
- Tuition and fees on courses taken for dual credit are at a reduced rate.
- Reduces the time for college degree completion.
- Take on the responsibilities of being a college student.
- Ease the transition from high school to college.
- Academically advanced students can challenge themselves.
- Credit transfers to all Texas Public Colleges & Universities.
- Many Private & Out of State Colleges also accept the credit.
- Always check with the institution you want to attend about transferability.
Access to Resources
- Access to all Lamar Institute of Technology and Stephen F. Austin State University Resources
- College Libraries
- On-Campus Events
- Student Success Center (Tutoring)
Local 4 year University
12 Semester Hours: $6,000
2 year Community College/Technical Institute
12 Semester Hours: $1,800
Who is Eligible for Dual Credit?
- Permission required from high school counselor or high school designee.
- Must meet course prerequisite and placement requirements (TSI).
Is Dual Credit the Right Choice for Me?
Parents and students should consider the following:
- Academic ability prior to enrolling in a dual credit program.
You might decide not to participate in dual credit if you:
- Are struggling with your other classes
- Feel overwhelmed with your current load of coursework and extracurricular activities
- Are not ready to take on college-level coursework and the responsibilities of being a college student
Remember!!! Dual credit classes become part of your permanent college transcript and impact eligibility for financial aid and scholarships!
- Federal law that ensures privacy of student educational records (begins when student starts college regardless of age).
- LIT and SFASU cannot share grades, course schedules, test scores, etc. with parents or anyone other than the student, unless permission from the student is given.
- Students’ opportunity to gain new responsibilities and act on his/her own behalf.
Calendar & Assignments
- Dual Credit students are college students and must follow the college calendar.
- You are required to complete your college class assignments even if it is a high school holiday.
- Assignments must be completed by the assigned deadline. Professors DO NOT have to allow work after the deadline has passed.
- Students are held accountable to the policies, rules, and regulations published in the LIT and SFASU college handbooks.
- Instances of academic dishonesty (e.g. cheating, plagiarism, and collusion) are taken seriously at the college level. Dual credit students are subject to the same consequences as general college students.
Dual Credit Pathways
Programs with On-Campus Instruction
- AAS Degree
- 28 % job growth
- One Year Certificate
- Two Year AAS Degree
- 3 year average 96% Placement
- 1st year average $43,603
- 10th year average $68,000+
Public Service & Safety
- AAS Degree
- Associate of Applied Science
Up to 60 Hours/Associate Degree
These are hours that you can take with you to complete a Bachelor’s Degree.
- ENGL 1301 – Composition
- MATH 1314 – College Algebra
- MATH 1332 – Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)
- HIST 1301 – United States History I
- SPCH 1315 – Public Speaking
- SPCH 1318 – Interpersonal Communication
- HUMA 1315 – Fine Arts Appreciation
Anatomy & Physiology
- BIOL 2301 – Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIOL 2101 – Anatomy & Physiology Lab
- SOCI 1301 – Introduction to Sociology
- EDUC 1100 – Learning Framework
Dual Credit Application Process
These are the steps you need to complete for enrollment at LIT or SFASU.
- Dual Credit Application (www.applytexas.org) Students will list major as Dual Credit. SFASU application fee ($45) is waived (select “request fee waiver” and submit application)
- Dual Credit Student Agreement
- TSI Complete
- Official High School Transcript
- Meningitis Shot Record (only for students taking classes on LIT or SFA’s campus)
Deadline to Apply
- Fall 2020 Deadline: August 7, 2020
- Spring 2021 Deadline: January 3, 2021
- Summer Deadline: May 1, 2021
Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
Student’s Score ≥ 350 – If a Student’s Degree Plan Requires:
- MATH 1314 – College Algebra
- MATH 1332 – Contemporary Mathematics
READING and WRITING
May enroll in ENGL 1301 or any college level course requiring a passing TSI reading or writing score if:
- Student’s Score ≥ 351 in Reading
- AND Writing Score ≥ 340
- AND 4 or Higher on the Essay
- Student’s Score is 351 – 390 in Reading
- AND Writing Score below 340
- AND ABE ≥ 4
- And Essay ≥ 5
TSI is NOT required for technical courses.
Anatomy & Physiology I and II
A passing score on the reading portion of the TSI is required for Anatomy and Physiology I and II