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Dual Credit/Early Admission (Concurrent Enrollment) Programs

What is Dual Credit?

Dual Credit is a form of enrollment that allows a  high school student to take certain courses at Wharton County Junior College and earn both college and high school credit.  Dual Credit courses (and the grades that students earn in those courses) become a permanent  part of their high school and college transcripts

What is Early Admission/Concurrent?

Early Admission/Concurrent enrollment allows a high school student to take certain courses at Wharton County Junior College and earn college credit but not high school credit. The Early Admission/Concurrent courses (and the grades that students earn in those courses) become a permanent part of their college transcripts. 

Who is Eligible? 

Public, private, or home-schooled students may attend Wharton County Junior College dual credit and early admission/concurrent classes. Tuition for dual credit classes is waived for in-district students.
Students are not limited to specific number of credit hours that they can enroll in for Dual Credit or Early Admission/Concurrent course work. The student's high school may have limits on the number of credits that can be applied to the student's  high school graduation plan.
 
Steps to Follow:
  1. Submit an electronic application through ApplyTexas Follow the instructions to complete the online application. Please allow up to 96 hours processing time. Students will receive written notification (email or letter) of acceptance.  Please do not fill out an application every semester, unless pertinent information such as residency changes.  
  2. Turn in current, official high school transcript. A transcript will be required to document the students enrollment. Official high school transcripts can be sent electronically to the Registrar’s Office; mailed to Wharton County Junior College, 911 Boling Highway-Wharton, TX 77488; or hand delivered to any WCJC campus in a sealed envelope from the high school. Opened envelopes or unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.Private School students must submit an official record of academic work, too with the signature of the principal/head master/head of instruction signature.  Home School students must submit a notarized record of their academic work with a parent/legal guardian signature. 
  3. Turn in official exemption test scores (as listed below), or contact the Testing Center to take the TSI Assessment. Note: SAT, ACT, and STAAR scores used to support an exemption must be within 5 years.
    • *A student with combined PSAT minimum score of 107 with at least a 50 on the Critical Reading is exempt from the Reading and Writing requirements. (PSAT exemption is only for students attempting dual credit course enrollment )  * TSI exempt scores for the 2015 redesigned PSAT are to be determined.  PSAT information will be updated as soon as possible.

    • *A student with a combined PSAT minimum score of 107 with at least a 50 on the Math is exempt from the Math requirements. (PSAT exemption is only for students attempting dual credit enrollment.) * TSI exempt scores for the 2015 redesigned PSAT are to be determined.  PSAT information will be updated as soon as possible.

    • A student with a composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in English is exempt from the Reading and Writing requirements. (PLAN exemption is only for  students attempting dual credit enrollment.)

    • A student with a composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher on Math test is exempt from the Math requirement. (PLAN exemption is only for students attempting dual credit enrollment.)
    • A student with an SAT score (Math + Reading) of at least 1070 and a Math score of at least 500 is exempt from the Math requirement. *For students who take the redesigned SAT in March 2016: Final concordance tables will be available in May 2016 to link the current SAT to the redesigned SAT.  Updated SAT exemption scores will be posted at that time.

    • A student with an SAT score of at least 1070 (Math + Reading) and a Critical Reading score of at least 500 is exempt from the Reading and Writing requirements. *For students who take the redesigned SAT in March 2016: Final concordance tables will be available in May 2016 to link the current SAT to the redesigned SAT.  Updated SAT exemption scores will be posted at that time.

    • A student with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and a Math score of at least 19 is exempt from the Math requirement.

    • A student with an ACT composite score of at least 23 and an English score of at least 19 is exempt from the Reading and Writing requirements.

    • A student with a minimum score of 4000 (Level 2) on the Algebra II STAAR EOC is exempt from the Math requirement. 
    • A student with a minimum score of 4000 (Level 2) on the combined Reading and Writing English II STAAR EOC is exempt from the Reading and Writing requirements.
    • A student with a minimum score of 4000 (Level 2) on the Algebra I STAAR EOC and a passing grade of "C" or better in the Algebra II course is eligible to take a college Math class.

4.  Complete a Certificate for Early Admission form. This form can also be requested from the high school counselor’s office (public schools and some private schools). Signatures from the student, parent/legal guardian and principal/head master/head of instruction are required. Turn this completed form in to the Admissions Office. 

5. Students will be sent a letter with WCJC user ID number and directions for establishing an online services account. It is very important students keep this letter. 

6.  Login to Online Services and register and pay for classes. Students will need to know their WCJC ID number to login to Online Services. Refer to the registration instructions for step-by-step directions.

Additional Information:

  • All ITV (Interactive Television Course) classes and some online, internet based classes are “pooled” with other high schools, and a specific number of seats are allocated to each school. Enrollment in any dual credit class taught by a WCJC instructor are on a “first come, first serve” basis. Students who register and pay first will be enrolled in the class. When the class reaches its maximum number of students, the class will be closed. 
  • An eligible student who enrolls in a dual credit course requiring TSI readiness in Reading, Writing, or Mathematics under the PSAT or PLAN provisions and who does not earn a "C" or higher in the course must demonstrate eligibility (TSI readiness) to enroll in additional dual credit courses. This may require additional testing on a separate testing instrument.
  • Students who complete WCJC dual credit classes and plan to transfer to other institutes of higher education after high school should submit a request for a final WCJC transcript to be sent to their prospective institution. 

Registration Dates and Financial Information:

View the academic calendar for the appropriate semester for registration dates. Tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration each semester. Tuition and fees are charged according to the number of semester credit hours (SCH) for which a student is enrolled. Current tuition and general fees can be found here. Students are not eligible for state or financial aid while enrolled in high school; however, since the grades are recorded on the student's college transcript, grades earned for dual credit course can impact a student's future financial aid.

 

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