Dual Credit FAQs
Dual Credit allows a high school student to earn credit towards high school graduation while at the same time earning college credit towards an associate's degree or technical education program certificate.
Dual Credit is approved and regulated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Dual Credit classes are college level classes, that provide instruction beyond, or in greater depth than, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a corresponding high school course.
Courses for dual credit may be taught on the college campus, on the high school campus, via IVC, or online.
The Dual credit experience helps to ease the transition from high school to college, and enable students to get a significant head start with their educational and career goals.
Students also find that the program helps develop those skills needed to be successful in college such as following a syllabus, meeting classroom and course requirements, conducting themselves appropriately, using self-discipline, and improving and applying higher-level thinking skills.
Dual Credit students also enjoy access to Blinn libraries, open labs, writing labs, advising, and athletic events.
Participating students and their parents benefit from significant savings on tuition and fees.
Finally, by completing two Dual Credit classes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, students may satisfy part of the requirement of the state Distinguished Achievement.
- See your high school counselor to begin the process
- Apply to the Blinn College District
- Complete the Dual Credit Approval form
- Have a “B” or better average in completed coursework
- Submit an official school transcript
Dual Credit students successfully completing college-level classes earn Blinn course credit. Public institutions of higher education in the State of Texas are required, by state law, to accept most college-level academic courses in transfer from another state public institution as
Students may verify the transferability of credit by asking the college or university if it accepts Blinn college-level courses in transfer. While many private and out-of-state institutions accept Blinn college-level courses in transfer, students are advised to confirm transferability with private or out-of-state institutions.
Technical education courses may or may not be transferable depending upon whether Blinn and the target university have a signed articulation agreement for the particular program and courses in question. Consult with a Blinn Program Coordinator for more details or refer to Blinn’s articulation agreement for further information.
In accordance with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regulations, Dual Credit instruction follows the same curriculum, materials, grading, and rigor used in any classes on the regular campus. Blinn Department Chairs, through continual monitoring, assure the integrity and rigor of the curriculum in all sections of their discipline or program, both on-campus and Dual Credit.
Dual Credit faculty must meet the same requirements as any other faculty member hired by Blinn. They may be full-time instructors of Blinn or adjunct Blinn faculty. Some high school faculty may be hired as Blinn adjunct instructors to teach Dual Credit classes because they meet the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) criteria and Blinn faculty standards.
Dual credit faculty
Home schooled students may attend Blinn as Dual Credit students. They must meet the same requirements as all other Dual Credit students and follow the same process of admittance to Blinn. In addition, they must document their status as Home School students, along with all pertinent information required to register for Blinn classes.
Private and charter school students may take Dual Credit at Blinn but must work through the administration of their high school. Private and charter schools that want Dual Credit as an option for their students must have established partnerships with Blinn.
The Blinn College District Board of Trustees has reduced tuition and fees for Dual Credit students. Current tuition and general fees are published on the Blinn website.
Tuition and fee payments are due at registration. Failure to pay by the due date will result in the student being dropped from class.
Dual Credit students, like all college students, are responsible for purchasing required textbooks and other essential course materials. The exception would be in cases where the high school provides textbooks.
Dual Credit students cannot receive financial aid. Students must earn a high school diploma or GED to be eligible for financial aid. Dual Credit students should be aware that failure to successfully complete the courses in which they enroll could, in some circumstances, make them ineligible to receive federal student aid.
If you are continuing at Blinn, you do not need to reapply. However, please have your high school send an official transcript with your date of graduation.
If you are attending another institution, remember to have an official Blinn transcript sent to that institution to transfer your credits.