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Dual Credit/Early Admission (Concurrent Enrollment) Programs



Dual Credit Students should refer to the Tuition and Fees page to determine costs of a course.   

NOTICE:  Dual Credit Students who reside within the Wharton County Junior College Taxing District and are considered "in-district" students will have their tuition charges waived. These Dual Credit Students will only be charged the "fees" associated with their dual credit course enrollment. In-district Dual Credit Students should go to the Tuition and Fee page to determine costs of a course.   

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 college and high school 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. Students are not limited to specific number of credit hours that they can enroll in for Dual Credit or Early Admission/Concurrent course work, however, 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. 

Required documents: 

1. Application: Submit your application online through ApplyTexas at https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX.   You only need to submit one application as a dual credit or early admission/concurrent student.  It is not necessary to submit an application for every term you wish to register for dual credit or concurrent/early admission courses.

Once your application has been transmitted to Wharton County Junior College it will be processed within 72 hours. Processing time may vary during peak registration periods. 

After your application has been processed at WCJC, you will receive a very important Admission Letter. This letter will contain your WCJC ID and a "Check List" of all the items needed to complete your admission file and make you ready to register for classes.  

Note: Beginning in the spring of 2018, all high school graduates who applied to WCJC as a dual credit concurrent/early admission student will have to complete a new application through Apply Texas and submit it again as High School Graduate.   

2.  Transcript: A current, official high school transcript is required to document current enrollment.  In order to process transcripts more efficiently, the Office of Admissions and Registration prefers to receive official high school transcripts electronically. However, transcripts can be 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. Private school students will need to submit an official record of their academic work with the signature of the school’s chief’s principal/head master/registrar in a sealed envelope. Home-school students will need to submit a notarized record of the academic work with a parent or legal guardian signature.  Unofficial transcripts will be accepted on a temporary basis. Students will need to produce an official copy. 

3. Official exemption test scores that meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) as required by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for Dual Credit/Concurrent/Early Admission. Exemptions include: 

      • A Level 2 final recommended score as defined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), on the English II STAAR End of Course (EOC)  (reading and writing) and/or student achieves a Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by TEA, on the Algebra I STAAR  and a passing grade in a high school Algebra II course (mathematics)  
      • A Level 2 final recommend score, as defined by TEA, on the Algebra II STAAR EOC (mathematics)
      • A combined score of 107 on the PSAT/NMSQT with a minimum of 50 on the reading test (reading and writing) and/or a minimum of 50 on the mathematics test (mathematics) administered prior to October 15, 2015; or
      • A score of 460 on the evidence-based reading and writing (EBRW) test on a PSAT/NMSQT exam administered on or after October 15, 2015 (reading and writing); and/or a score of 510 on the mathematics test (mathematics).  No mixing or combining scores from the PSAT/NMSQT administered prior to October 15, 2015 and the PSAT/NMSQT administered on or after October 15, 2015.
      • A composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a minimum of 19 or higher in English and/or a minimum score of 19 or higher in mathematics
      • An English score of 435 and/or a mathematics score of 431 on the ACT-Aspire.
      • An SAT minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test (reading and writing) and/or a minimum of 530 on the mathematics test (mathematics) on an SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016.
      • An SAT combined total score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 in on the critical reading (verbal) (reading and writing) and/or a minimum of 500 on the mathematics test (mathematics) on an SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016. No mixing or combining scores from SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016 and the SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016.
      • An ACT composite score of 23 with at least 19 on the Math and 19 on the English.
      • A minimum TSIA test score of 351 on  the reading section, combined with a writing essay score of 5 or an essay score of 4 with a minimum writing objective score of 363, and/or a minimum score of  350 on the math section.  

4. Completed Certificate for Early Admission form, available online at https://www.wcjc.edu/Admissions/admissions-and-registration/Dual-Credit-Early-Admissions-Form-4-5-18.pdf.  This form can also be requested from the high school counselor’s office. Signatures from the Student, Parent/Legal Guardian, and Principal/Head of Instruction are required.  

5. Proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination: State law now requires college students receive a bacterial meningitis vaccination if attending classes on a college campus.  This includes dual credit students attending classes on a WCJC campus.  To learn more about required documentation and exemptions:  https://www.wcjc.edu/Admissions/admissions-and-registration/vaccination.aspx. 

Financial information:

Students must register and pay for classes every 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 are published on the website, https://www.wcjc.edu/Admissions/admissions-and- registration/tuition-and-fees.aspx.

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 courses can impact a student's future financial aid.

Additional Information:

  • An eligible student who enrolls in a dual credit course requiring TSI readiness in Reading, Writing, or Mathematics under STAAR EOC Algebra, STAAR EOC English II, PLAN, or ACT-Aspire  exemptions and who does not earn a "C" or higher in the course must demonstrate 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 another college or university after high school should submit a request for a final WCJC transcript to be sent to their prospective institution. 
  • Registration opens:
    • Fall – late June
    • Spring – early November
    • Summer – early April 

For more information, contact the WCJC Dual Credit Coordinator, Natalie Stavinoha, at 979-532-6964 or natalies@wcjc.edu.


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