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Dual Credit/Early Admission (Concurrent Enrollment) Programs

 SPECIAL UPDATE:

BEGINNING WITH FALL SEMESTER 2016, THE OUT-OF-DISTRICT FEE WILL NOT BE CHARGED FOR DUAL CREDIT STUDENT ENROLLMENTS. OUT-OF-DISTRICT STUDENTS WILL BE CHARGED TUITION AND FEES AT THE IN-DISTRICT RATE.

Dual Credit Students should  go to the Tuition and Fee page  to determine costs of a course (please see the Fall 2016 chart on the Tuition and Fees page).  

 

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 create a profile, and then completely submit the online application.  Select General Studies for your degree program (If you are taking a technical class, please see your high school counselor to determine the appropriate program to select).  Please allow up to 72 hours processing time. Students will be notified by mail once their application has been processed with information on how to proceed.  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 student's 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, with the signature of the principal/head master/head of instruction's signature. Home-schooled students must submit a notarized record of their academic work with a parent/legal guardian's signature. 
  3. Turn in official waiver or 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 earns a waiver from the TSI Reading and Writing requirements. (PSAT exemption is only for students attempting dual credit course enrollment )  * TSI waiver scores for the 2015 redesigned PSAT are to be determined by the state.  PSAT information will be updated at that time.

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

    • A student with a composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in English earns a waiver from the TSI 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 earns a waiver form the TSI 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 took the redesigned SAT in March 2016 or later: TSI exemption scores have yet to be approved by the state. Exemption scores will be posted when available.

    • 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 took the redesigned SAT in March 2016 or later: TSI exemption scores have yet to be approved by the state. Exemption scores will be posted when available.

    • 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 English III 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.

    • A student with a minimum score of 4000 (Level 2) on the English II STAAR EOC is eligible to take a college Reading and/or Writing 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.  Submit bacterial meningitis documentation.  You are required to provide either proof of the immunization or a waiver declining the shot along with the WCJC record form.

6. Create an Online Services Account.  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. 

7.  Login to your MyWCJC student portal and register for classes. Your WCJC username and password will be sent to you in the mail once you complete the steps listed above.  You can learn also learn how to log in my clicking the "MyWCJC" link at the top corner of the WCJC website and following the instructions for first-time users. 

8.  Contact your high school counselor if you need assistance locating the course number (CRN) for the college class for which you are approved to register.  Registration for fall classes begins in late June, and registration for spring classes begins in November.  You must be admitted, register, and pay by the first day of class in order to be enrolled in a dual credit class.

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 STAAR EOC Algebra, STAAR EOC English II, PSAT or PLAN waivers 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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