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Homeschool Dual Credit

Welcome to Lone Star College Montgomery's Homeschool 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.

If you are new to our homeschool dual credit program we ask that you attend an information session prior to registering for your first semester of classes. Homeschool information sessions are held regularly on the LSC- Montgomery campus. In order to register for one of these sessions, please click here!

New Homeschool Student Checklist

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

  1. Complete LSC Admissions Application through ApplyTexas.
  2. Satisfy Bacterial Meningitis Requirement.
    • Only required if you are attending a class on the college campus.
  3. Download Homeschool Packet and complete all required forms (obtain homeschool, parent, and student signatures).
  4. 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.
  5. Produce a Homeschool Transcript. (must be typed and signed by Homeschool Admin.)
  6. Create a Graduation Plan containing a general outline of the required courses for high school graduation. (must be typed)
  7. Attend a Homeschool Information Session. (Pick a date and register using the links to the right side of this page.)

LSC- Montgomery Homeschool Dual Credit FAQs

+ 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.

+ May I take summer courses?

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.

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

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.

+ May I take online courses?

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.

+ 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 complete an official Lone Star College Dual Credit Drop Form from an advisor. 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.

+ What are the homeschool graduation plan requirements and homeschool transcript?

Graduation Plan: A graduation plan is a requirement for all homeschool students. The graduation plan is a document that outlines all requirements the homeschool has set in order for the student to graduate high school. In order for a class to be eligible for dual credit, the class the student is planning to take must be present on the graduation plan. Please see the TEA website for more information on Texas Homeschool graduation requirements. This document can be formatted in any way the homeschool prefers, but see the Forms page of our website for an example. You may also combine the graduation plan and transcript into one document, if you prefer. Avoid entering specific Lone Star classes into the graduation plan – instead choose generic subject areas to include for each requirement. The document requirements can be found here. Incomplete or incorrect documents will not be accepted.

Transcript: A homeschool transcript is a requirement for all homeschool students. The transcript should include all courses the student has previously taken in high school along with their final grades. You many also combine the graduation plan and transcript into one document, if you prefer. The document requirements can be found here. Incomplete or incorrect documents will not be accepted.

+ Who do I meet with to register for classes?

All first time homeschool students MUST attend a homeschool information session prior to registering for classes their first semester. Please see the sidebar to the right of this page for dates and times. Returning homeschool students may meet with any advisor in order to register for classes. No appointment is necessary – please check into the MAC to see an advisor.

 

 

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