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Dual Credit FAQ

Why should I take dual credit courses?

You can save money on college tuition by taking classes close to home at a reasonable cost. Alvin Community College’s tuition is significantly less than most Texas universities. You can experience college before you graduate from high school. You can gain the technical skills necessary to get a job right out of high school.

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How many classes can I take?

Students may choose up to two dual credit courses per semester. Those wishing to take more than two will need to contact the ACC Dual Credit Advisor and must also meet the following criteria:

  • New to Dual Credit-must have an 85+ high school average
  • Current Dual Credit Student-must have a 3.0 cumulative college GPA

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Will the grades I receive in a dual credit course appear on my high school transcript?

While the student will receive a letter grade from the college, all the dual credit courses will also have a corresponding numeric grade that will be delivered to the ISD. Grades will appear on both student high school and college transcripts.

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Will my dual credit classes transfer?

Dual Credit Academic Core classes are guaranteed to transfer with a grade C or higher to any Texas public colleges 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, BCIS, keyboarding are not designed for transfer to a baccalaureate.

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What are hours and how do I know how many I have?

College courses are calculated by hours for credit. Most college courses are 3 credit hours; 4 credit hour courses usually have a lab attached. The second number of the course lets you know how many hours you are earning. Ex: History 1301=3hrs; Spanish 1411=4hrs.

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Can I take courses during the summer?

Yes! Dual Credit students should register for summer courses with their assigned ACC Dual Credit Advisor.

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My email, phone number, or address has changed, how do I update that information?

A Student Data Change Request can be completed online from WebACCess or with your high school based ACC Dual Credit Advisor. Students may also download the form from the Dual Credit webpage under the Dual Credit Forms section.

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Will my high school accommodations be utilized during my dual credit courses?

High school accommodations/modifications will not be honored in dual credit classes. Contact Eileen Cross, the ACC Disability Services Coordinator to discuss any test and/or classroom accommodations for all dual credit classes. Call 281-756-3533 or email for an appointment:

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Will the GPA I earn in my dual credit classes affect my admission into the college of my choice?

Students should maintain a minimum 2.0 ACC cumulative GPA. Students are encouraged to speak directly to the admission office or refer to the admission webpage of their college of choice for GPA standards set by that college.

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How do I pay for classes?

After you have completed the steps for enrollment into the Dual Credit Program, your ACC Dual Credit Advisor will register you for your college courses. Students will receive an email with instructions on how to view the fee statement, the payment deadline, payment plan information, and instructions on how to use the ACC online payment system.

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Are dual credit courses hard?

Dual Credit courses are college level courses. They are more rigorous but achievable with hard work, good study habits and turning your work in ON TIME!

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Where do I purchase textbooks?

Visit the ACC College store online at Students are encouraged to purchase their textbooks from the ACC College Store. There are some classes that require additional access codes that are bundled with the textbook only when purchased at the ACC college store.

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Where are the tests given?

The Testing Center administers all assessment tests. The Center is located in Building A. If you have any questions call 281.756.3531 or 281-756-3526.

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Visit Credit Classes Refund Policy to learn more about the ACC refund policies.

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What if I'm a home school or private school student and want to take college courses?

Many home school students and students from private schools take college courses. Contact Stephanie Stockstill 281-756-3527 for information on enrollment.

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What can you tell me about taking college classes online?

Students can expect to spend about 10 hours a week online for a 3 credit hour course. Students should review the course syllabus available online,, to review the course description and requirements. The distance learning environment is very different from the classroom. Self-motivation is essential for success. Students less than senior grade level are not generally advised to take online courses.

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Is there Financial Aid available for Dual Credit students?

Federal Financial Aid is not available for dual credit students. Federal aid is only awarded after high school graduation. However, students may apply for any available scholarships to assist with payment for dual credit courses.

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Does my student need the Bacterial Meningitis Shot?

Students participating in the Dual Credit program and only taking classes at their high school are not required to provide proof of the Bacterial Meningitis. Dual Credit students taking classes on the ACC main campus, must provide proof prior to registration.

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What is Dual Credit Orientation and is it mandatory?

Dual Credit Orientation has been created to empower and equip students with the tools and resources needed for success in the Dual Credit Program. Orientation is required for all new Dual Credit students. Effective 2014, Dual Credit Parent Orientation will also be available. Refer to our webpage for orientation dates. While orientation is informative, we try to make it as lively as possible with door prizes and snacks!

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