5 Things Parents Should Know About Dual Credit

1.  Annapolis Christian Academy offers dual credit courses.

ACA has dual credit agreements with both Del Mar College and Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Students who are academically eligible may earn college credit from either institution while still in high school at ACA.

2.  No high school freshmen, regardless of high school attended, take dual credit courses.

Dual credit programs are only open to high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate academic eligibility, possessing a GPA of at least 3.0 and earning acceptable scores on college admissions tests. Even students in special dual credit programs, such as Flour Bluff ISD’s University Prep Program, must wait until the second semester of their sophomore year in which they can only take one dual credit course.

3.  Not all colleges accept dual credit coursework.

Some universities will not accept any credit as college credit if it was used to satisfy a high school graduation requirement. This is why ACA students who choose to take dual credit courses do so in addition to completing their ACA graduation requirements. Furthermore, some colleges which accept dual credit coursework will only accept it as elective credit, not as credit toward a student’s degree plan. Dual credit courses do not allow a student to save either time or money if the college the student attends does not accept the credit.

4.  Dual credit coursework becomes a permanent part of a student’s academic record.

Dual credit courses count toward a student’s college GPA. Students are required to report all college coursework taken during high school on college applications. The Apply Texas Freshman Application issues students this warning about failure to report college work: “Please list ALL colleges or universities you have attended or are attending, including college-level correspondence study and dual credit. (Required.) Failure to list all institutions will be considered an intentional omission and may lead to forced withdrawal.”(Emphasis is original to the application.)

5.  Dual credit coursework can impact a student’s ability to qualify for financial aid.

Colleges and universities maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) guidelines that require students to earn a certain GPA and complete a certain percentage of coursework attempted in order to meet financial aid eligibility standards. Dual credit courses count toward the college GPA and percentage of coursework attempted. If a student falls below the GPA or coursework percentage guidelines, then he cannot receive financial aid – including grants or loans – until he meets the guidelines. So, a student who enrolls in a dual credit course and then withdraws after realizing that he is not academically ready for the course has already impacted his percentage of college coursework completed before becoming a full-time college student.