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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is dual credit? 

    A dual credit course is a college course taken by a high school student for which the student earns both college and high school credit simultaneously.  Dual credit courses are taught by full-time or adjunct college faculty members either on-line, at college campuses or at area high schools.  Some courses taught at high school campuses may be taught by high school teachers who have comparable credentials and academic preparation as college faculty members.

    What is the difference between dual credit and concurrent enrollment through early admissions? 

    Both programs serve academically gifted high school juniors and seniors who wish to earn college credits while attending high school. As explained above, dual credit counts both toward high school graduation as well as college credit. Concurrent enrollment only counts as college credit and cannot be used to fulfill a high school graduation requirement.

    What is the difference between dual credit courses and high school Advanced Placement (AP) courses? 

    Instruction in both types of course is college level. However, dual credit students earn college credit immediately upon completion of the course whereas AP students must successfully pass an end of course exam to apply for college credit once they graduate from high school. Each college or university sets its own standards for awarding college credit based on the score earned on the AP exam. College credit cannot be assured.

    Dual credit classes are taught by College faculty who hold at minimum a Master’s Degree and 18 graduate hour’s credit in the teaching discipline. High school AP instructors are not required to meet these same standards, although many do so.

    What are advantages to taking dual credit classes? 

    Dual credit students are officially college students and therefore have access to college resources. These resources include college academic support and career planning services, library materials, physical fitness facilities, computer labs, tutoring services when available and the Student Center.

    Many dual credit classes are taught either on-line or locally at high school campus or a nearby college campus. This reduces costs as the student still lives at home rather than residing in college housing or making long commutes.

    Most dual credit classes that fall within the adopted statewide Core Curriculum will be fully transferable to an Associate’s Degree at Texas Community Colleges; many also will meet baccalaureate requirements at senior institutions. Work force courses may be transferable to an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Consult with your counselor or collegiate advisor regarding transferability of dual credit classes. Always communicate with the college or university to which transfer credit is forwarded to ascertain how your credits will be received.

    Who is eligible to enroll in dual credit classes? 

    Students must:

    • Be classified as a high school junior or senior.
    • Meet established admission requirements at Del Mar College as well as any specific course pre-requisites.
    • Comply with the state mandated Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) program.
    • Submit test scores prior to enrolling.
    • Complete the dual credit application form and obtain appropriate school and parental signatures.
    • Pay the reduced costs associated with taking a dual credit college course.
    • Submit documents which show proof of meningitis vaccination.
     

    What does one do to begin the process to enroll for dual credit classes? 

    If you have achieved junior or senior standing during the semester you wish to take a course, see your high school counselor to verify you meet the eligibility requirements enumerated above.

    What is the cost to take dual credit classes? 

    Del  Mar College charges reduced tuition and fees to enroll in dual credit classes.  Current tuition and fees may vary from one ISD to another.  A link is provided here for current enrollment charges for our service area.  
    Textbooks and other class and laboratory supplies and any access codes required for on-line instruction and / or tutoring are the student’s responsibility and are not included in the tuition / registration fees.  Some ISD’s may supplement these costs.  Check with your High School Counselor about this possibility.
    Scholarship funds may be available from the Foundation Office for students requiring financial assistance.  You may contact the Foundation office at 698-1317 or visit their web site for further information regarding financial aid.
    Be advised that students enrolling for classes under “Early Admissions” do not receive the discounted dual credit prices.

    How will grades be reported for my dual credit classes? 

    Your professor will assign two grades for your dual credit class.  A numerical grade will be submitted for your high school credit and a letter grade for your college credit.  Once a dual credit grade is entered on your college transcript, it is treated no differently than any other successfully completed college course.  Usually dual credit classes are weighted in determining high school class ranks, overall grade point average, etc. to reflect the rigor of the college class.

    What if I need to drop a dual credit class? 

    Dropping any college class can have far reaching adverse implications on future college work. Any decision to drop a dual credit class should only be made after discussing your circumstances with your professor, your high school counselor, your parents and the Registrar’s Office. While dropping is under consideration, do not stop attending class as a passing grade can quickly become a failing grade.

    What is FERPA and how does that affect my status as a dual credit student with regard to parental oversight of course progress? 

    FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act which prevents the disclosure of personally identifiable information derived from education records. Although custodial and noncustodial parents retain certain rights of access to their children’s records, once a student reaches 18 years of age or attends a postsecondary institution, he or she becomes an "eligible student," and all rights under FERPA transfer from the parent to the student. This means parents may not call professors to check on your grades; neither can they meet with professors to discuss any specific issues concerned with your grades or participation in the course.

    An exception would be if the student is a "dependent student" as that term is defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code. Generally, if either parent has claimed the student as a dependent on the parent's most recent income tax statement, the school may non-consensually disclose the student's education records to both parents. Since IRS information is privileged, college officials have no means of determining who would or would not qualify under this “dependent” exemption, so the College would require a waiver form signed each semester if parental access to student records is desired. This form is available using the link provided. http://www.delmar.edu/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=7751