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Public High School Dual Credit

Welcome to Lone Star College Montgomery's High School Dual Credit headquarters!

We want to provide you with all of the information you need to start taking advantage of the wonderful dual credit opportunities that we have to offer you.

Follow the steps below to complete the process of transitioning from a high school student to a LSC dual credit student. You may download a copy of the checklist brochure as well.

  • Meet School with your high school dual credit counselor to discuss dual credit options. The counselor will also be your main contact for questions regarding registration, payment, and general concerns surrounding the dual credit program.
  • If approved, please complete the following items: 
    Note: Your counselor may already have scheduled dates for you to complete the items below.
  1. Complete the LSC Admissions Application through Apply Texas.
  2. Satisfy Bacterial Meningitis Requirement.
    • Only required if you are attending a class on the college campus.
  3. Complete Placement Testing (ACT, SAT, PSAT, and/ or TSI Testing).
    • First TSI exam is free if you are entering the dual credit program. Complete the Pre-Assessment Activity if you will be taking the TSI exam. Activity is found in my.LoneStar.edu.
  4. Sign Parental Consent & Waiver Form.
    • For students under 18 years of age.
  5. Complete Dual Credit Packet (with high school, parent, and student signatures).
  6. Submit packet to counselor for registration.

LSC- Montgomery High School Dual Credit FAQs

+ What happens during Dual Credit Application and Registration days at my school?

Application Days: A Lone Star College – Montgomery representative will be present on your campus during specified days scheduled by your dual credit counselor to assist you in the application process. We will walk you through each step of the application process from creating an ApplyTexas account to submitting your application for admission. See your dual credit and/or college & career counselor for dates and sign-up information.

Registration Days: A team of Lone Star College – Montgomery representatives will be present on your campus to register students for DC classes. Students will have already completed and turned in their registration forms prior to the registration day and will only be required to see a LSC representative if there is a registration issue. See your dual credit and/or college & career counselor for dual credit submission deadlines.

+ What is the difference between dual credit and college credit only courses?

Dual credit courses must be approved and signed off on as accepted as dual credit by your high school. If the course qualifies for dual credit, it will also qualify for the dual credit waiver. College credit only classes are those that the HS designates as not eligible for high school credit. This can occur if the student has already taken an equivalent course, or the ISD doesn’t accept that course as dual credit. College credit only classes are not eligible for the dual credit tuition waiver, and therefore students are required to pay all tuition and fees.

+ What is the difference between dual credit, advanced placement, and articulated credit?

Dual Credit: College-level courses taken to receive college and high school credit at the same time. Courses are taught by an instructor who meets the LSC master’s degree requirements for that subject area and the student will receive a grade on their LSC transcript and their HS transcript. Classes are guaranteed to transfer to Texas Public Institutions and generally transfer to many surrounding state institutions.

Advanced Placement (AP): College-level courses offered in high school designed by committees of college faculty and AP teachers. Student must take a comprehensive exam at the end of the school year in order to achieve credit. The AP exam score required to achieve college credit varies from school to school. If the student does not pass the exam, no credit is awarded and the student does not receive a college transcript during HS.

Articulated Credit: Receive college credit for taking high school technical courses at community colleges participating in the Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) program.

To review a more detailed comparison of the three college credit options, please click here.

+ May I take summer courses?

Depending on your high school's approval, you may take dual credit or college credit only courses. If you take college credit only courses you will be responsible for paying full tuition and fees. You may take two courses each summer term (Summer I & Summer II). Summer courses are more accelerated than regular length classes because they are only six weeks long. (Please see your high school counselor for more information.)

+ May I take mini-term courses in May or December?

Depending on your high school's approval, you may take dual credit or college credit only courses. If you take college credit only courses you will be responsible for paying full tuition and fees. You may take one course each mini-term (May/ December). Mini-term courses are extremely accelerated compared to regular length classes because they are only three to four weeks long. We do not recommend mini-term courses to our dual credit students because of this.(Please see your high school counselor for more information.)

+ May I take online courses?

If your high school permits it, dual credit students are allowed to take online courses. See your dual credit counselor for more information on their online coursework policies. Online courses carry additional fees which are not covered by the dual credit tuition waiver. These fees are $15/credit hour. For example, a 3 credit hour class (ENGL 1301) will cost an additional $45 to take online. (Please see your high school counselor for more information.)

+ What happens if I fail a dual credit course?

If you fail a dual credit course, or make a grade below a C, you will no longer be eligible to continue in the dual credit program. If you fail a dual credit course in the middle of the academic year, you will be moved from your dual credit course into a non-DC course in the following semester and will not be permitted to continue.

+ I want to take a higher level math (Trig, Pre-Cal, Cal) instead of College Algebra. How do I qualify?

For all of the following, you must submit qualifying test scores (TSI, PSAT, SAT, or ACT) and place in at least college level in college algebra (Math 1314).

In order to qualify for Trigonometry or Calculus of Business & Social Sciences (Math 1316, Math 1325) you must submit qualifying test scores in all subject areas as well as qualifying test scores such as SAT, ACT, or NextGen Math.

In order to qualify for other upper level math courses such as Pre-calculus or Calculus I (Math 2412, Math 2413) you must submit qualifying test scores in all subject areas as well as qualifying test scores such as SAT, ACT, or NextGen Math AND have successful completion of high school trigonometry or pre-calculus with a B or better.

In order to qualify for Calculus II or Calculus III (Math 2414, Math 2415) students must take provide qualifying test scores as well as a departmental exam. Please contact your high school counselor for more information.

+ Does the cost include books?

No, the fees that you pay as a dual credit student do not cover the cost of books.

+ How do I drop/ withdraw from my course(s)?

You must obtain an official Lone Star College Dual Credit Drop Form from your high school counselor. In addition, you must return the completed form to your high school counselor in order to completely drop/ withdraw from the requested course(s). If you wish to withdraw after the "Official Day of Record" according to the LSC calendar, your college transcript will reflect a "W" for withdraw from the course(s). "W"s for dual credit courses do not count toward the six drop limit. Standard LSC refund policies will apply.

+ Do I need to make an appointment to TSI test or to meet with an advisor?

No, you may visit our testing center or advisors anytime during regular business hours.

+ Will my dual credit classes transfer?

Yes! All the academic classes that are eligible for dual credit are part of the core curriculum at LSC. This means that these classes will transfer to any Texas public institution. Dual credit classes also transfer to several surrounding state schools as well as Texas private schools as well. Always contact your prospective college or university for information on transfer and DC course acceptance.

+ What does the dual credit waiver cover?

The dual credit waiver covers all tuition charges for each LSC class. The student only pays fees for the classes they take. The dual credit waiver does not cover additional distance learning (online classes) fees or textbooks.

LSC Dual Credit vs. LSC College Credit Cost Comparison

Credit Hours LSC Dual Credit (Fees Only) LSC College Credit (Tuition & Fees) Savings
1 $33 $82 $49
2 $53 $151 $98
3 $73 $220 $147

+ How many dual credit classes can I take each semester?

In a full semester (16-wk) you can take up to a maximum of 18 credit hours. In the summer semester you may take up to 2 courses in each 6-wk session. You may take a maximum of 1 course during the mini-mester. It is strongly recommended that new dual credit students take no more than 2-3 courses in the first semester of the program.

+ What tests can I use to qualify to take dual credit courses? Do I need to take the full TSI exam to take dual credit?

PSAT, SAT, ACT, or TSI scores can be used to qualify for dual credit. Please see testing page for more information on test score requirements.

If it is your first time taking the TSI exam as dual credit student and you do not have any other qualifying test scores in the LSC system, you MUST take the full TSI exam. If you have partial qualifying scores in the LSC system you may take the just the portion of the test you need to qualify in other subject areas. The TSI testing fee for dual credit students is waived for the first visit only, regardless of whether or not you take the full exam.

+ Why would I need to fill out a FERPA form?

Even though your student may be under the age of 18, as a LSC dual credit student they are still covered under the federal guidelines that restrict Lone Star College from communicating with anyone other than the student. Completion of this form would allow parents/ guardians the right to access their child's academic records. FERPA does not require college instructors, advisors, or other college entities to correspond with parents/ guardians outside the realms of the request. Alternatively, you may provide a copy of your tax return showing the student as a dependent in order to achieve access to academic records. While this document is not required, it is highly recommended.

+ At what age can students enroll?

While there is no age requirement to enroll in dual credit classes, students under the age of 14 must meet with the dual credit manager or director in order to obtain permission to enroll in classes. Students 15 years of age and younger must have a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult present on campus at all times while they are on campus. Parents are not allowed to sit in the classroom with their children.

+ Who do I meet with to register for classes?

All registration should occur through your high school dual credit counselor. Students must meet with their high school counselor for registration information and deadlines before starting the dual credit registration process. Without high school approval, students may not register for dual credit courses. All registration forms for dual credit must come directly from the high school – we cannot accept forms delivered to the LSC-M campus by students or parents.

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