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General Program, Admissions, Testing,
And Registration Information

TC Dual Credit program is an enrollment program that allows students to receive college credit, as well as high school credit for certain courses his/her school approves. Students may be eligible to be awarded credit toward high school graduation for completing certain college-level courses.

Year long high school courses usually require a two-semester college course sequence. Semester-long high school courses are generally associated with a one-semester college course.

Temple College uses the Texas Common Course Numbering System. For instance, ENGL-1301 is a 3 credit hour course. The second digit represents the number of credits/hours a student will earn. Lab-required classes will extend the time period the course will be meeting. For instance, BIOL-1406, a 4 credit/hour course, is required to meet 3 academic hours for lecture, and another 1 academic hours for lab per week.

Qualified students may also enroll in college courses other than those identified for dual credit to begin gaining additional college credits while still in high school. This is known as Early Admission where only college credit is awarded. These students, as well as the dual credit students, must meet certain criteria to be admitted to the college and must comply with all prerequisites for the college courses. Dual Credit courses are offered at the high school campus during regular high school hours or at the college’s main or learning center locations during the day or evenings.

Eligibility Requirements
If you have students wishing to take advantage of dual credit and/or early admission enrollment opportunities, then he/she must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Meet established admissions requirements at TC as well as appropriate prerequisites for any course.
  2. Comply with the state-mandated Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Program.
  3. If required, take applicable TC placement tests prior to admission to Temple College.
  4. Submit a completed Temple College application for admission accompanied by a sealed, official high school transcript and proof of required test scores.
  5. Complete the dual credit registration form with appropriate school official, student, and parent signatures.
  6. Pay the reduced cost tuition associated with taking a dual credit college course (if your ISD does not pay).


Testing Requirements for Dual Credit/Early Admission High School Students
Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state-mandated program that requires students entering college to demonstrate college-level readiness. Readiness can be established by taking a state-approved test or by providing proof of college readiness. Note: Passing TSI does not ensure enrollment in all college courses. Other college and academic department requirements may apply and must be fulfilled.

Dual Credit Course Restrictions and Limitations
Students are preferred, be a junior or senior, and have an enrollment limit of two dual credit courses per semester, not to exceed 8 credit hours. Legacy Early College High School (LECHS) students can enroll as a full-time or part-time student. Middle college students in the Texas Bioscience Institute are required to be full-time students, taking 12 or more credit hours per semester. Enrollment in subsequent semesters may be dependent upon his/her college GPA. A grade of “C”, or better, in any course, is recommended for transferability to a state university. For your student to maintain his/her academic standing, the graduated GPA (Qualitative Standard below) must be adhered to in order for him/her to continue enrollment in college courses provided the college pre-requisites are met for the courses desired.

Important Things to Know!

College Standards
College courses are both interesting and challenging. You will learn a great deal, but you will be expected to work hard. On average, college students should plan to study at least two hours a week for every hour spent in the classroom. Students taking a three-semester hour class should set aside a minimum of six hours per week to study. Some students will need to study more. Most students should schedule extra study time when exams are planned or course projects are due.

College Grades
Pay careful attention to your instructor’s system for assigning grades as indicated in the course syllabus. If you do poorly on a test or assignment, most college instructors will not allow you to repeat the work in order to improve your grade. You will not receive extra course credit for attendance. Also, your instructor may not allow you to do extra work.

The grades you earn in a dual credit course will become part of your permanent college record. We hope that your grade is a good one, but if you find yourself doing poorly in a dual credit class, you may wish to drop. Students who withdraw by the official drop date listed in the college calendar will receive a “W” on their transcript. If you need to drop be sure that you complete the appropriate paperwork, get your high school counselor’s approval, and do so before the last date for course withdrawal. Your instructor might not drop you if you quit attending. Talk with a TC advisor or your high school counselor if you are considering dropping a course.

College Subjects
College courses sometimes deal with controversial issues or subject matter that high school courses would ordinarily avoid. Your instructor will teach the same course he or she teaches at Temple College.

College Attendance Policies
Be sure you understand and follow your instructor’s attendance policy. TC policy states an instructor may drop a student if the student incurs excessive absences. In contrast to high school, TC does not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences. If you miss class because you are ill or attended a school function, those absences will count against you. Your instructor may also have a tardy policy. It is important that you stay in communication with the instructor to avoid any problems regarding attendance.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask
Your instructor is available to answer your questions about course materials or class policies. If you have any concerns about your performance in the course or you are not sure whether you understand an assignment, please don’t hesitate to schedule a conference with your instructor. Everyone at TC is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

Enrollment Process and Policies

  1. Complete an application for Temple College. Submit said application, to the Director of Dual Credit.
  2. Submit an official high school transcript.
  3.  Submit a score report for the applicable test taken.
  4. Students must also have proof of meningococcal vaccination or as of Oct. 1, 2013, the only means by which a student can object to vaccination for enrollment purposes is to use the DSHS’ current, official form for conscientious objectionIMPORTANT: This form can be requested online and will be mailed to the student.  The form takes 5-7 business days to arrive by mail.  In addition, the form must be notarized prior to submitting to the institution for the exemption. The online request page location is https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/.
  5. Complete a Dual Credit registration form with the necessary parent, student, and counselor signatures.

Adding a Course
Dual credit students wishing to add a dual credit or early admission course must submit the following through their high school counselor:

  1. A completed TC Drop/Add Form. Student must meet with either their high school counselor, or a TC advisor prior to adding any courses to their schedule. Appropriate tuition and fees must be paid by the first day of class.
  2. Disclosure of high school and college work, thus far is taken into consideration prior to adding classes.

Dropping a Course
Dual Credit students wishing to drop a dual credit course must submit a completed TC Drop/Add Form that is signed by their high school counselor. Students who do not officially drop a course, but stop attending, will be treated as still enrolled. This may result in failure of the class. It is important that a student officially drop a course using the form mentioned above.

Instructor-Initiated Drop
When, in the judgment of the instructor, a student has been absent so many times that they are unlikely to complete the objectives of the course, the instructor may initiate steps to drop them by notifying the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office will send the student an e-mail notice via his/her TC Office 365 account stating he/she has been dropped from the course when requested to do so by the instructor. The student will receive a “W” for that course if dropped before the “W” date listed in the College Calendar. Students will not be dropped after the published “W” date and will receive a grade for the course enrolled.

Expectations and Requirements

  1. Dual credit and early admission students are expected to perform at college level and to honor all deadlines declared by the College or by the instructor. The individual professors distribute class policies and syllabi during the first week of class detailing individual class requirements.
  2. The College Catalog, the College’s Student Handbook, published annually by the College at the beginning of each fall semester, are valuable resources for assisting students in getting the most out of what Temple College has to offer. They also list student’s rights and responsibilities, all rules and regulations for general student behavior, grievances and complaints, and discipline policies and procedures that all students are expected to follow. For courses held on your high school campus, copies of the Student Handbook will be made available in your counselor’s office during the first week of classes each fall semester. Copies are also available online at the college’s web site at www.templejc.edu.
  3. Students taking dual credit or early admission courses at the College are incorporated into the general population of the College. Student enrollment status is not identified to professors unless a student chooses to identify their status as such.
  4. Students taking dual-credit at the high school under the instruction of a Master’s degree instructor are required to complete that high school course in order to receive credit for the equivalent course at the college.
  5. Students are responsible for making sure they know when their final exams will be administered. This information can be found at www.templejc.edu, click on News and Events. For students taking English Composition I (ENGL 1301), a departmental final exam is administered on a scheduled date prior to the week of final exams. Students need to check with instructor for date, time, and location.
  6. Students enrolled in online classes are required to attend a Distance Education Orientation Workshop. Dates and times of workshops can be found at www.templejc.edu.

Tuition and Fees

Eligible students may register for up to two (three with special permission) dual credit courses each semester. To reach financial settlement each semester, students must either pay the term balance in full at time of registration or established payment deadline or the student/parent can use the TC Payment Portal [Student Account Suite] to explore payment options for a child’s tuition. Payment plans are available. Other loan accommodations are available upon request. Please contact the Director of Dual Credit, or your DC registration coordinator for more information.

Textbooks for Dual Credit/Early Admission Courses
Students taking a dual credit course at their high school campus during high school hours may or may not have to purchase a textbook depending on the course and the agreement with the school district. Students taking a course at TC for dual credit may be responsible for purchasing the textbook. Students enrolled in Early Admission courses are also responsible for purchasing the textbook and other learning materials. Please follow this link to the Textbook Identification Tutorial.

Refunding of Fees and Charges
Full refunds are granted 100% if students drop a course prior to the official first day of classes. Please check college’s web site calendar for specific dates.