About the Program
Getting the most out of an educational experience is a top priority for students, teachers and parents. South Plains College recognizes the importance of allowing highly motivated students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.
Dual Credit refers to the process by which a high school student enrolls in a college course and receives simultaneous academic credit for the course from both the college and the high school. The college course(s), whether academic or career/technical, apply toward high school graduation and a college degree or certificate.
South Plains College has identified a number of courses which may be taken for dual credit. Dual Credit students can take core courses commonly required for any bachelor's degree program at most universities. Additionally, academic credit received at South Plains College is fully transferable to Texas public universities. For a complete listing of available academic and career/technical course offerings, please contact a counselor from one of the high schools listed on the Dual Credit High School Partners page or click the links below.
Enrollment in Dual Credit Courses
Students wishing to participate should talk with their parents and high school counselor before enrolling. Students must submit the following:
- Admissions Application
- Dual Credit and Concurrent Enrollment Approval form
- High school transcript
- Test Scores (see qualifying scores below)
- Proof of Meningitis Vaccination (only if taking a course on SPC campus)
- Official college transcript(s) for colleges attended other than SPC
All students in the Dual Credit program who will take academic courses must satisfy Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements and/or prerequisites requirements for all college level courses. Students taking career/technical courses are exempt from any TSI pre-requisites.
Additionally, Dual Credit students are not required to show college readiness in all three areas (reading, writing, and math), but only for the course(s) they wish to take. For example, students taking English-1301 will only need to show college readiness in reading and writing, since no math score is required for the class.
|TSI Exemption Scores|
Administered on March 5, 2016 or after
340 + 4 Essay
TSI Exemption Scores are only good for five (5) years
Students who are not exempt through STAAR, SAT or ACT scores may qualify to enroll
in dual credit courses by achieving the minimum cut scores on the TSI Assessment.
Students cannot claim an ACT or SAT emeption on Math or English if they do not meet the Composite or Combined Score first.
|Temporary TSI Waiver Scores|
|STAAR EOC *||PSAT/NMSQT**
Administered on October 15, 2015 or after
|English II Reading & Writing
||Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW)||460|
|Algebra I EOC Plus
Must have completed Algebra 2 with a passing grade
*STAAR scores are only valid for one year and must be used for courses taken during a student's Junior year of high school.
**Can only be used while still in high school. PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 cannot be used.
Withdrawal from Dual Credit Courses
Dual credit students wishing to drop a dual credit course must contact their high
school counselor for a drop form. Students must submit a completed drop form signed
by their high school counselor on or before the final drop date of the semester to
the SPC Admissions Office.
Per state and federal regulations, financial aid is not available to students who have not yet graduated from high school.
Additionally, dual credit students should be aware that failure to successfully complete
the courses in which they enroll may make them ineligible to receive financial aid
at SPC. When applying for federal aid, students are expected to maintain a 2.0 cumulative
grade point average and at least a 67% course completion rate. Any course(s) in which
an "F," "I," "W," or "X" was received will not count as a completed course. Students
who do not meet these criteria for two consecutive semesters will be placed on financial aid
suspension and are not eligible to receive Federal Title IV aid (grants, loans or
federal work-study opportunities) until the student's suspension status has been changed.
Dual credit students may check their grades at the end of the semester through TexanConnect.
Grade reports are not mailed.
Any student who anticipates a need for accommodiations due to a disability should
contact the Disability Services Office. For more information, click here.
Students may obtain a copy of their official South Plains College transcript by completing an online request. Official transcripts are $5.00 per transcript and can take 1 to 3 business days to process. To make a request, click here.