AP or Dual Credit
What’s the Difference?
|Advanced Placement (AP)||Dual Credit|
|Description||The AP Program allows students to take college-level courses and exams, and to potentially earn college credit or placement while still in high school.||Dual Credit allows high school students to earn both high school and college credit by completing courses at their high school and/or college campus.|
|Credit||College credit is granted when students pass the AP examination. Students seeking credit through their AP grades should note that individual colleges and universities, not the College Board or the AP Program, grant course credit and placement.||Credit is awarded when the student passes the course.|
|Taught by specially trained high school teachers.||Taught by college instructors and/or high school teachers who serve as adjunct professors.|
|Accepted throughout the nation. Typically requires a score of 3 or higher. Varies.||Accepted at public colleges and universities in Texas. Requires C or better for transferability.|
|Taught||AP courses are taught on the high school campus.||Dual Credit courses can be taught at the high school or college campus. AP enrollment not required.|
|Eligibility||Open to any student who meets the AP criteria in the Course Catalog.||Must be currently attending high school and classified as a junior or senior. Must meet college placement scores. Parent/guardian and high school counselor approval is required.|
|Cost||The costs of AP Exams are incurred by the students. Subsidies are available for students demonstrating financial need.||Tuition is WAIVED. Students are responsible for textbooks and applicable fees. Scholarships may be available; check with your high school Dual Credit Counselor.|
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