Parent Information and FAQs
Taking Dual Enrollment courses in high school saves students money with discounted tuition, and time by earning college and high school credits simultaneously. Students will also gain college experience before they graduate high school.
Federal Financial Aid is not available for students that are still in high school. ACC does offer scholarships for students on free or reduced lunch before each semester begins.
Students can use a parent's GI Bill benefits or Hazelwood benefits. Speak to your ACC Advisor for more information.
High school accommodations/modifications will not be automatically applied to Dual Enrollment courses. You need to contact the ACC Student Accessibility Services Office to discuss any test and/or classroom accommodations for Dual Enrollment courses. See the steps you need to take here.
Each ISD offers the TSI throughout the school year. Contact your school counselor for more information. ACC Testing Center also administers The TSI. See more information on the TSI and TSI testing here.
Dual Enrollment courses are college level courses. They are more rigorous but achievable with hard work, good study habits, and turning your work in ON TIME!
Dual Enrollment Academic Core courses are guaranteed to transfer with a grade C or higher to any Texas public college or university. Some universities will accept “D” grades.
Students should check with the university, public or private, to determine the policy regarding the acceptance of college transfer credit. Many workforce education courses, e.g. welding, EMT, medical terminology, culinary, keyboarding are not designed for transfer to a baccalaureate.
House Bill 505 removed limitations on the number of courses a student may take. However, ACC recommends that students taking more than three courses per semester do so only under the recommendation or advisement of the ACC Advisor or the High School Counselor.
While the student will receive a letter grade from the college, all the dual enrollment courses will also have a corresponding numeric grade that will be delivered or assigned by the ISD.
Grades will appear on both student high school and college transcripts.
Most college courses are 3 credit hours; 4 credit hour courses have a lab. The second number of the course lets you know how many hours you are earning. Ex: History 1301=3hrs; Spanish 1411=4hrs.
You can view your unofficial transcript to see how many hours you have completed in the POD under Students then Self Service.
Yes, homeschool and private school students take Dual Enrollment college courses. Contact HomeschDual@alvincollege.edu for information on enrollment.
Hear from one of our homeschool students and her experience taking college courses with ACC.
Students can expect to spend about 10 hours a week on an online course. Students view the course syllabus online, to review the course description and requirements.
There are no class meeting times for online courses.
Self-motivation is essential for success in an online course. You access the course in Blackboard through the POD. This video will help you understand the POD.