Dual credit courses are those for which students receive college credit and high school credit while still enrolled in high school or homeschooling. Students demonstrating college readiness through a college placement exam can earn college and high school credits in the same course by attending classes at their high school, on a Lone Star College campus and/or online. Dual credit students can also earn college level certifications while in high school that can lead to immediate job opportunities. Dual credit teachers are regularly employed faculty members of LSC or high school instructors verified by LSC to meet the same requirements as faculty teaching the same course on the college campus.
Lone Star College waives the tuition (the price you pay for class by credit hours) for dual credit courses. Student only pays for fees (charged to all students and provides services such as libraries, learning centers and computer labs) and textbooks. Initial test fees for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment are waived for dual credit students. Textbooks and other instructional materials may be purchased from the campus bookstore or other textbook retailers in new, used, rental, or e-book formats.
We partner with independent school districts, charter schools, private schools, and home school parents to offer courses in the core curriculum, foreign languages, and workforce education.
Upon approval by the high school principal, or designee, and college admission through the exceptional admissions program, a student may enroll in college courses taught either at the high school or at LSC.
To be eligible for dual credit you must:
Be enrolled in public, private, high school or homeschool with an agreement with Lone Star College
Obtain approval from the high school designee and parent/guardian for dual credit enrollment;
Complete college admissions requirements for exceptional admissions into the dual credit program; and
Meet minimum college readiness test scores in reading, writing, math and/or prerequisites for the course(s) you want to take for dual credit.
Complete each college course attempted with a grade of C or better in order to continue in the dual credit program. Students age 15 or younger must have a parent, legal guardian or authorized responsible adult at the LSC campus, center or facility to monitor the student's activities outside of class and to be immediately available in case of an emergency.
Note: Secondary Schools (ISD, charter, or private) may select a different deadline that supersedes Lone Star College's published deadline. Please confirm the secondary school's deadline with your dual credit high school designee or counselor.