Lone Star Dual Credit Enrollment Information
- Effective fall 2009, tuition costs for students are waived 100% (not including fees and textbooks).
- Initial placement exam costs are waived for dual credit students. Retests are $10 per section.
In order for students to be eligible for dual credit, the following must be in place:
- The high school must have a dual credit agreement with Lone Star College;
- The student is currently enrolled in a public or private high school or home school;
- CLICK HERE: Completion of the new online Enrollment Guide is required;
- The student has a current admissions application on file with LSC;
- The student has an exceptional admission form with approvals from their high school administrator, college designee and parent/guardian;
- The student has taken an approved assessment:
- ASSET, ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or THEA in all three areas (reading, writing and math); or
- Exempt scores based on ACT, SAT, or 10th grade or exit level TAKS scores (2200 on the English language arts section, a writing subscore of 3, and 2200 on math section)
- For dual credit students who do not have exemption scores in all sections of TAKS, SAT or ACT, additional assessment will be required;
- The student must meet prerequisites in the areas that are applicable to the course including reading, writing and math, where appropriate;
- The student may be eligible to enroll in workforce education dual credit courses in the eleventh and/or twelfth grade if the student achieves the minimum high school passing standard on the English/Language Arts section of the tenth or eleventh grade TAKS and meets the prerequisites of the course being taken.
Courses beyond high school graduation require 11th grade exit level TAKS scores or other placement assessment scores to be submitted to the Admissions Office at any LSC campus.
Lone Star - TSI and Approved Assessment Scores
If a high school student is not TSI exempt or waived from taking the TSI Assessment, then the student will be required to take the TSI Assessment. High school students awarded partial TSI exemption or placement based upon sections of STAAR EOC, SAT, ACT, PSAT, or PLAN may be required to take sections of the TSI Assessment relevant to course selections.
The TSI Assessment is divided into three component areas for Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Based upon course selections for Dual Credit and after completing the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA), the student may be asked to take the TSI Assessment in each component area. Where necessary, the student may be given an additional diagnostic test in a particular subject area. The TSI Assessment is designed to provide more detailed information regarding your academic strengths and weaknesses.
A high school student is eligible to enroll in Dual Credit with the following TSI Assessment Scores:
- Reading: score of 351
- Writing: score of 340 and 4+ on essay or a score of less than 340, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and an essay score of at least 5
- Math: score of 350
TSI Exemptions and other approved scores for Dual Credit
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state program designed to help colleges and universities determine students’ preparedness for college-level coursework in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics. The TSI program is designed to promote the success of students in college by assessing students’ academic skills through a state approved examination called the TSI Assessment.
All students in Texas public colleges are required to take the TSI Assessment unless the student qualifies for a TSI exemption. In addition, high school students can be waived from taking the TSI Assessment by submitting approved placement scores, typically taken in the 10th grade, for 11th grade Dual Credit eligibility. A high school student may be exempt or waived from taking the TSI Assessment by meeting one of the following requirements listed here: http://www.lonestar.edu/dualcredit-tsi.htm
Level-One Certificate: A student may be TSI exempt to enroll in eligible Level One certificate workforce (i.e., Career & Technical Education) dual credit courses.
Approval for Dual Credit Registration
A high school student is eligible to register in dual credit course selected on the Exceptional Admissions form if the student meets the course prerequisites outlined in the Description of Courses in the Lone Star College catalog. A Dual Credit Advisor will use the results of college placement scores to determine if the high school student meets prerequisite requirements for enrollment in the Dual Credit program.
Most Dual Credit courses require students to demonstrate college readiness in Reading and Writing to register for college-level academic and workforce education courses not included in a Level-One Certificate.
Math placement scores are used for enrollment in freshman college-level Math courses, such as Math 1314, 1324, 1332, and 1342. Additional Math placement scores may be required for students requesting Math courses higher than the college-level freshman Math courses providing he/she has met the college readiness standard in Math as defined by the Texas Success Initiative. Furthermore, math placement scores may be used for enrollment in courses in other disciplines as in the Sciences.
If you have questions regarding placement scores and how the scores are used to register for college-level courses, contact a Dual Credit Advisor for more information. Finally, LSC encourages high school students to complete the application process and assessment testing early to allow time for retesting if necessary prior to the registration deadline for your high school.
Continued Enrollment in Dual Credit
Most Dual Credit students intend to transfer their coursework to a 4-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree. Transfer of individual Core Curriculum courses are guaranteed by state law to transfer to Texas public colleges and universities. The Core Curriculum is a set of courses designed to give students “the basics” of a college education. Most colleges and universities do not accept transferred Core Curriculum courses with grade of “D” or lower.
Therefore, eligibility for continued participation in the Dual Credit program requires satisfactory academic performance with earned grades of A, B, or C in all college level courses. Dual Credit courses are recorded on a LSC transcript. Official LSC transcripts are required for submission to 4-year colleges and universities to transfer college-level coursework.
For more information about transferring Dual Credit courses, talk to a Dual Credit advisor.
For more information about transferring Dual Credit courses, talk to a Dual Credit advisor.
Dual Credit placement scores are based upon the Texas Administrative Codes, Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter C and D, Rules §4.54 and §4.85. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules are subject to new changes taking precedence.
To qualify for dual credit, students must:
- Get approval from the high school counselor
- Home school students should bring a copy of their high school transcript to met with an academic advisor at LSC
- Complete the LSC admission application
- Meet all course prerequisites and minimum college readiness test scores in reading, writing, and/or math for enrolled courses
- Course prerequisites may be found here
- The high school counselor or Lone Star academic advisor can tell you which scores (reading, writing, and/or math) are required for specific courses. See below for test score requirements.
- Maintain a final grade of C or better in all dual credit courses in order to enroll in subsequent courses
College Placement Tests & Score Requirements
To enroll in dual credit courses, students must show college readiness in reading, writing, and/or math as applicable to the course(s) the student plans to take.
All students in Texas public colleges are required to demonstrate college readiness through the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), which is a state program designed to promote student success by assessing students' academic skills through the TSI Assessment (TSIA).
Students may either take the TSIA or show scores from other accepted assessments approved for placement. Approved assessments are the TSIA, ACT, SAT, and STAAR.
Seven Steps to Success
- Find out how to qualify for dual credit
- Talk to the high school counselor to inquire if your student’s high school has a dual credit agreement with Lone Star College.
- Discuss classes required for your student’s high school graduation plan for dual credit and obtain the counselor’s approval before completing the college admission application.
- Inquire about eligibility rules for University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition and dual credit participation and ask about dual credit application deadlines.
2. Learn about approved college placement tests
- Check with the high school counselor regarding college placement tests and score requirements.
- Get copies of college placement score reports of examinations the student has already completed.
- ACT, SAT, Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment, may be presented for dual credit eligibility.
3. Check costs
- LSC waives 100% of the tuition for dual credit courses. Students only pay for fees and textbooks.
- Initial TSI (college readiness assessment) test fee is waived for dual credit students
4. Submit the Lone Star College online application
- Complete the admissions application at LoneStar.edu/admissions-application.
- Submit placement test scores or complete pre-assessment activity (PAA) and take approved assessment test as recommended by high school counselor or dual credit advisor for the courses you are attempting to take for dual credit.
- Meningitis vaccination is required for courses taken physically on a LSC campus.
5. Registering and paying for classes and textbooks
- Dual credit advisors register students for courses approved by the high school counselor on the dual credit/exceptional admission course approval form.
- Pay for classes online at my.LoneStar.edu or at your Lone Star College campus at the Bursar/Cashier Office. Textbooks may be purchased at the LSC campus bookstore or from online retailers.
6. Tips for student success and transferring courses
- Student must maintain a grade of C or better to continue in the program.
- Talk to a dual credit advisor to learn how dual credit courses transfer to the university.
- Request a copy of your official LSC transcript to send to colleges and universities.
- Keep a notebook with a copy of the syllabus for each dual credit course completed.
7. Enjoy all of the benefits of your student getting a head start in college
- Increases the likelihood that a student will complete high school, as well as enroll in and succeed in college.
- Decreases cost of tuition and fees for students by completing up to a year or more of college credit.
- Transfer many classes to public colleges or universities in Texas, and some may be accepted by out-of-state and private colleges.
- Accelerate time to degree completion allowing new graduates to enter the workforce and begin to earn wages sooner which benefits themselves and the economy.
- Access to LSC student resources, such as library, tutoring, career exploration, and much more.
Deadline to Enroll: June 1st
Junior and senior students may take courses at Lone Star Community College to earn dual credit hours. College courses may be taken online or at one of the Lone Star campuses. Many colleges accept these courses as transfer credit. Students are encouraged to confirm potential transfer credits with their prospective colleges. Students and their parents are responsible for entrance tests, registration, books, and all necessary fees to Lone Star Community College. Once registration is complete, a copy of the student’s course load must be submitted to the LCS office.
It is the student’s responsibility to submit final course grades to the school office to be added to his or her transcript. Dual credit classes are weighted grades and will receive one extra grade point in the GPA calculations. An approved 3-hour college course will typically satisfy the requirements for a half credit in high school.