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SPECIAL UPDATE:

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 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 email that 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.  

2. 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 and Parent/Legal Guardian are required.  

3.  Texas Success Initiative (TSI) scores or exemption scores.  Public/private school students' scores will be provided by the school district. Home-schooled students will need to submit official TSI or exemption scores. 

Exemptions include:

  • ALevel 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. Proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination if attending classes on a college campus. State law now requires college students receive a bacterial meningitis vaccination.  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. 

5.  Home-schooled students must also submit a notarized record of the academic work with a parent or legal guardian signature.

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: 

Public/Private school students will be registered in dual credit classes according to rosters provided by the school district.  Fee statements will be mailed to the student's home address.

Home-schooled students should consult an academic advisor to ensure they enroll in appropriate coursework.

  • 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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