Dual Credit/Exceptional Admission

Dual Credit

Dual credit is part of the Lone Star College's exceptional admissions program, designed specifically for high school students ready for college-level instruction.

Students who demonstrate college readiness on a placement exam can earn college and high school credits simultaneously by attending classes at their high school or through a Lone Star College campus. Many of the classes are transferable to public colleges or universities in Texas, and some are accepted by out-of-state and private colleges.

Workforce Dual Credit

Workforce Dual Credit is designed to allow high school students to enroll in LSC credit workforce programs and receive high school credit for career and technical classes. Students who participate in these classes/programs will graduate high school with career skills and in many cases, a certification approving them for employment in their industry. Please check with your local college campus to see whether or not you can take advantage of this opportunity.

Grades received in dual credit courses will be a permanent part of the studentís college record.

Students who are interested in taking courses at Lone Star College for high school credit should talk to their high school guidance counselors to get approval before proceeding through the registration process.

Homeschool Students

Homeschool students who are interested in participating in the dual credit program should bring a copy of their high school transcript to meet with an academic advisor at your respective LSC college campus.


  • Effective fall 2009, tuition costs for students are waived 100% (not including fees and textbooks).
  • Initial placement exam costs are waived for dual credit students. Retests are $10 per section.

In order for students to be eligible for dual credit, the following must be in place:

  • The high school must have a dual credit agreement with Lone Star College;
  • The student is currently enrolled in a public or private high school or home school;
  • Completion of the new online Enrollment Guide is required;
  • The student has a current admissions application on file with LSC;
  • The student has an exceptional admission form with approvals from their high school administrator, college designee and parent/guardian;
  • The student has taken an approved assessment:
    ASSET, ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or THEA in all three areas (reading, writing and math); or
    Exempt scores based on ACT, SAT, or 10th grade or exit level TAKS scores (2200 on the English language arts section, a writing subscore of 3, and 2200 on math section)
  • For dual credit students who do not have exemption scores in all sections of TAKS, SAT or ACT, additional assessment will be required;
  • The student must meet prerequisites in the areas that are applicable to the course including reading, writing and math, where appropriate;
  • The student may be eligible to enroll in workforce education dual credit courses in the eleventh and/or twelfth grade if the student achieves the minimum high school passing standard on the English/Language Arts section of the tenth or eleventh grade TAKS and meets the prerequisites of the course being taken.


Courses beyond high school graduation require 11th grade exit level TAKS scores or other placement assessment scores to be submitted to the Admissions Office at any LSC campus.

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