About the Program

Getting the most out of an educational experience is a top priority for students, teachers and parents. South Plains College recognizes the importance of allowing highly motivated students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.

Dual Credit refers to the process by which a high school student enrolls in a college course and receives simultaneous academic credit for the course from both the college and the high school. The college course(s), whether academic or career/technical, apply toward high school graduation and a college degree or certificate.


Eligible Courses

South Plains College has identified a number of courses which may be taken for dual credit. Dual Credit students can take core courses commonly required for any bachelor's degree program at most universities. Additionally, academic credit received at South Plains College is fully transferable to Texas public universities. For a complete listing of available academic and career/technical course offerings, please contact a counselor from one of the high schools listed on the Dual Credit High School Partners page or click the links on the side.


Enrollment in Dual Credit Courses

Students wishing to participate should talk with their parents and high school counselor before enrolling.  Students must submit the following:

All students in the Dual Credit program who will take academic courses must satisfy Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements and/or pre-requisites requirements for all college-level courses. Students taking career/technical courses are exempt from any TSI pre-requisites.

 

Academic Pre-requisites:
College-Level Math - must have successfully completed Algebra II at the high school level.

College-Level English - must have successfully completed English II at the high school level.

College-Level Spanish - must have successfully completed Spanish I at the high school level.

 

Additionally, Dual Credit students are not required to show college readiness in all three areas (reading, writing, and math), but only for the course(s) they wish to take. For example, students taking English-1301 will only need to show college readiness in reading and writing, since no math score is required for the class.

TSI  Exemption Scores
STAAR EOC SAT 
Administered on March 5, 2016 or after
ACT                TSI 
English III 4000 EBRW 480 English 19 Reading 351
Algebra II 4000 Math 530 Math 19 Math 350
        Composite 23 Writing

340 + 4 Essay

-or-
310 MC+5 Essay +4 ABE

 TSI Exemption Scores are only good for five (5) years

Students who are not exempt through STAAR, SAT or ACT scores may qualify to enroll in dual credit courses by achieving the minimum cut scores on the TSI Assessment.

Students cannot claim an ACT or SAT emeption on Math or English if they do not meet the Composite or Combined Score first.

Temporary TSI Waiver Scores
STAAR EOC * PSAT/NMSQT**
Administered on October 15, 2015 or after 
English II Reading & Writing    
4000
Evidence Based Reading & Writing (EBRW)      460
Algebra I EOC Plus
Must have completed Algebra 2 with a passing grade
4000 Mathematics  510

*STAAR scores are only valid for one year and must be used for courses taken during a student's Junior year of high school.

**Can only be used while still in high school. PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 cannot be used.

COVID-19 College Readiness Exemption

Beginning the summer of 2020 and over the next academic year (2020-2021), South Plains College willexempt dual credit students who cannot produce TSI, ACT, SAT or STAAR scores, from their college-readiness requirements for the next academic year, based on TAC 4.54(b).

High School students who want to use this exemption, must provide documentation (an unofficial transcript) to the Dual Credit Office that confirms a current high school GPA of 80 or above. For students who are incoming 9th graders, similar documentation must be provided to confirm that a student completed 8th grade with a final GPA of 80 or above.

Additionally, the following must be met to enroll in dual credit Math or English coursework -

For dual credit Math courses - a student must have an overall high school GPA of 80 or above, have successfully completed Algebra II at the high school level with a "C" or better, and have the approval of a high school counselor.

For dual credit English courses - a student must have an overall high school GPA of 80 or above, have successfully completed English II at the high school level with a "C" or better, and have the approval of a  high school counselor. 

If you have questions, please contact Ryan Fitzgerald at rfitzgerald@southplainscollege.edu

Withdrawal from Dual Credit Courses

Dual credit students wishing to drop a dual credit course must contact their high school counselor for a drop form. Students must submit a completed drop form signed by their high school counselor on or before the final drop date of the semester to the SPC Admissions Office.
 

Finanical Aid

Per state and federal regulations, financial aid is not available to students who have not yet graduated from high school.

Additionally, dual credit students should be aware that failure to successfully complete the courses in which they enroll may make them ineligible to receive financial aid at SPC. When applying for federal aid, students are expected to maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and at least a 67% course completion rate. Any course(s) in which an "F," "I," "W," or "X" was received will not count as a completed course. Students who do not meet these criteria for two consecutive semesters will be placed on financial aid suspension and are not eligible to receive Federal Title IV aid (grants, loans or federal work-study opportunities) until the student's suspension status has been changed.

Guide to Parent Information on FAFSA

Grades

Dual credit students may check their grades at the end of the semester through TexanConnect.  Grade reports are not mailed.
 

Disability Services

Any student who anticipates a need for accommodiations due to a disability should contact the Disability Services Office. For more information, click here.

Dual Credit Disability Services Student Handout

Dual Credit Disability Services Counselor Form
 

Transcript

Students may obtain a copy of their official South Plains College transcript by completing an online request. Official transcripts are $5.00 per transcript and can take 1 to 3 business days to process.  To make a request, click here