Frequently Asked Questions

Elite Islander Dual Credit Program

Who is qualified to enroll?

How can I enroll?

How much does it cost?

Are there other ways to earn college credit while still in high school?


Who is qualified to enroll?

  • You must be either a junior or senior in high school.
  • You must have the approval of your parent, your high school counselor and your high school principal.
  • The course you plan to enroll in must be on your high school's list of approved dual credit courses for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
  • You must be prepared to function in an adult learning environment.
  • You must meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative, which requires that students be assessed in reading, writing and math skills prior to enrolling. You are assessed by passing either the ASSET, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER or the THEA test. A&M-CC administers the THEA, but any of these are acceptable.

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How can I enroll?

If you are interested in taking a dual credit course, you should first discuss it with your high school counselor to make sure the program is right for you and to decide which course is acceptable for high school credit. Some things to consider prior to applying are:

  1. Is the course you want to take offered at a time appropriate for your schedule? (Most dual credit students will find that courses offered in the late afternoon or early evening work best for them.)
  2. Do you have a reliable way of getting to class consistently on time? (All dual credit courses offered by A&M-CC are held on the University campus.)

Once you have made the decision to apply, you can get the applications from your high school counselor. All of the following are required:

  1. A completed Dual Credit Program Application with all of the necessary signatures.
  2. An official copy of your high school transcript.
  3. A completed Texas A&M University Application for Admission packet (on-line applications are not allowed for dual credit students).
  4. Entrance exam test scores as described in the Application for Admission packet.

The suggested deadlines for submission of your complete application are as follows:

Fall Semester:        July 1
Spring Semester:    November 1

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How much does it cost?

Tuition and fees for three semester hour dual credit course are approximately $275. That's less than half of what the same class will cost a regular A&M-CC student. Dual credit students are responsible for the following expenses:

  • There is a $45 application fee which is to be paid when you submit your application.
  • If you will be driving on campus, you will need a parking permit, which costs approximately $66 per semester.
  • You are responsible for the purchase of any textbooks or course materials required by the instructor, and these costs vary depending on the course.

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Are there other ways to earn college credit while still in high school?

If you are a high school senior that wishes to enroll at A&M-Corpus Christi during your last year of high school, you may do so by applying for admission through our concurrent enrollment program.

What is concurrent enrollment?
Concurrent enrollment allows you to enroll for a college class or classes (pending approval) prior to graduating from high school. A student admitted to the program enjoys the same rights and privileges as a regular degree-seeking student, and is subject to the same federal rules and regulations.

What's the difference between dual credit and concurrent enrollment?
Both programs are for high school students desiring to attend college while in high school. Dual credit enables a student to earn both college and high school credit at the same time. Concurrent enrollment is when a high school senior enrolls in a college course for college credit only.

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