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Dual Enrollment Program for High School Students
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual Enrollment is a program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn college credit toward a postsecondary degree at an Institution of Higher Education that will also count as credit toward a high school diploma. Dual Enrollment courses are college courses. Students should understand that the amount of work necessary to succeed in a Dual Enrollment course may be greater than a high school course. In addition, dual enrollment courses become a part of a student's permanent college transcript. Students should check with their high school guidance counselor prior to applying to the Dual Enrollment Program.
Who is eligible to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program?
Juniors and seniors may become eligible based on one of the tests listed on the table below. They must pass the section of the exam that corresponds to the course for which they would like to enroll. Freshmen and sophomores are not eligible to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program unless they receive prior permission from their High School Administrators and is approved by Texas A&M University-Kingsville. A Letter of Recommendation must be submitted along with their application/registration packet by their high school administrator which will then be submitted to the Provost of the university for final approval.
What is TSI? How does it affect me?
Students are required to complete an approved Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exam prior to enrolling into college-level courses, unless exempt. The TSI is required by Texas law to ensure that students enrolled in Texas public colleges possess the academic skills needed to perform effectively in college-level course work. TSI includes a testing component designed to provide diagnostic information about the reading, mathematics, and writing skills of each student. Acceptable TSI tests are as follows:
If a student does not meet TSI requirements then that student may not be able to participate in certain courses such as MATH, ENGL, HIST, PSYC, POLS, CHEM, BIOL; which are all essential dual enrollment courses.
What is the Difference between a “New Student” and a “Returning Student”?
A “New Student” is a student who 1) has never been admitted to the University or 2) has been admitted but never registered for classes. For example, if the student was admitted for the fall and then never registered for classes then that student is still considered a “New Student”. All “New Students” will need to completely fill out the New Student packet.
A “Returning Student” is a student who has been admitted into the University and who has registered for classes. These students are enrolled for the current semester.
How many College Credit Hours can I take per semester?
Dual Enrollment students are limited to a maximum of 7 semester credit hours each long term (fall or spring) or a maximum of 4 semester credit hours each summer session. Any amount of semester credit hours over 7 during the Fall/Spring semesters or over 4 semester credit hours for the Summer semesters will need a “Letter of Approval” from the student’s High School Principal on their school’s letter head, recommending the student for this course load prior to enrollment… this is STRICTLY ENFORCED! A student must pass all courses with a C or better to continue to enroll in more than 2 dual credit courses in following semesters. No Exceptions.
How do I drop or add a class once I’ve registered?
Adding a class - the student with the assistance of their high school counselor is required to submit the appropriate add/drop form. Please refer to the semester Academic Calendar for deadlines.
Dropping a Class – the student with the assistance of their high school counselor is required to submit the appropriate add/drop form. Please refer to the semester Academic Calendar for deadlines and course catalog for current policy.
Withdrawing from the University - If a student finds it necessary to withdraw (dropping all dual enrolled classes) from the university, the student with the assistance of their high school counselor must notify the appropriate dual enrollment advisor and submit the appropriate drop form. Please refer to the semester Academic Calendar for deadlines and course catalog for current policy.
Is a Dual Enrolled Student considered a “College Student”?
YES! Students enrolled in the dual enrollment program ARE college students. College credit and high school credit will be earned at the same time. You are working toward completion of coursework that will be on your college transcript. This is a permanent, official college record that will strongly influence future financial aid and college/university application submissions, etc. It is very important that you understand how the final grade in this course can affect your future. Withdrawing from the class past the deadline OR failing the class will affect your future college financial aid and your future college academic status.
How do different types of dual credit transfer?
Academic dual credits may be applied toward the core curriculum or to other specific degree program requirements of an academic associate degree or baccalaureate degree at Texas public higher education institutions. However, transferred credits are not guaranteed to count toward a specific degree program. Some public institutions may award elective credit instead. In some instances, private or out-of-state institutions may choose to award transfer credit for academic courses taken in dual credit programs. If students know which institution they plan to transfer credits to, they should seek guidance from an advisor at that institution.
How do I pay my bill?
Many students earning dual credit through classes offered by Texas A&M University-Kingsville have their tuition and fees paid by their independent school district. If your school district pays for your tuition and fees, you need only to confirm your payment with your high school counselor.
Students enrolled in school districts where the parent/student are financially obligated to pay for the tuition and fees associated with taking dual credit course(s) may submit payment in one of the options below.
MoneyConnect – credit card, (MasterCard or American Express), debit card, electronic check (personal checking account), and payment plan (tuition emergency loan).
Click below to login to check your bill or make payment. The University ID is your Banner ID (Example: K012345678); PIN is your birth date(Example: 010287; month, day, year), https://moneyconnect.tamuk.edu/C20209_tsa/web/login.jsp
In Person – Business Office located in College Hall, Room 104 – cash, money order, personal check
- Mail – personal checks or money orders made out to: Texas A&M University-Kingsville and mailed to Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Business Office, MSC 104, Kingsville, TX 78363.
At this time students are not eligible for financial aid, installment/deferment plans, and/or emergency loans as a dual enrollment participant.
What is Bacterial Meningitis?
Meningitis is contagious and is spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions. 11% of individuals that contract the illness die within hours of the onset of symptoms, even if treatment has begun. 15 college students die each year from bacterial meningitis. Those whom survive often endure physical effects such as blindness, deafness, amputations, brain and/or kidney damage. Pre-teens, adolescents, and college freshmen are at an increased risk for contracting meningitis. Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the meninges, the protective membranes covering the brain and the spinal cord. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the meninges. Meningitis is characterized by a sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. Other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and a change in mental status may occur. To learn more about meningitis, please visit www.cdc.gov for details
For more information, students and families may contact the Health Care Clinic at 361-593-2904 or log onto http://www.tamuk.edu/shw/health-services/meningitis.html
How do I submit my Proof of Bacterial Meningitis vaccine to the University?
- By Mail: Student Health and Wellness
Health Care Clinic
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
700 University Blvd, MSC 112
Kingsville, Texas 78363
- By Fax: 361-593-2006
- In Person: Student Health and Wellness
1210 Retama - Kingsville, Texas
Do I have to provide proof of a Bacterial Meningitis vaccine before I can register?
Yes and No!
Yes - If you are a New student to the University or have set out a “Full Long semester” (Spring/Fall) and are taking courses physically being taught on the TAMUK campus.
No – If you are a Returning student and/or are not physically taking classes on the TAMUK campus.
Beginning January 1, 2012 in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1107 (SB 1107), it is required that all new students, transfer students and returning students (who have had a fall or spring semester break in their attendance at an institution of higher education) provide proof of a bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster 10 days prior to the first class day of the entering semester. Without the evidence of vaccination, a student cannot attend classes on campus. Students who do not provide the evidence of vaccination will not be allowed to attend classes and will be dropped from all classes on the first class day.
Once I’ve completed all requirements on the DE checklist and submitted signed documents to the University, does that mean I have been accepted?
No, once your paperwork has been received by the Center for Student Success it will be then be reviewed by an Academic Advisor who will make sure that all requirements (TSI, signatures, forms, transcripts, etc…) have been met and received. Once that process has been completed your application will be sent to Admissions for processing. If an application does not meet requirements then the student’s high school counselor will be notified by the Center for Student Success.
Submission of application and/or registration form does not guarantee admission to the Dual Enrollment Program and is separate from admission to Texas A&M University-Kingsville as a freshman. Students interested in enrolling at Texas A&M University-Kingsville after high school as an undergraduate student will be required to complete an application on ApplyTexas.org and submit a nonrefundable application fee to be considered for undergraduate freshman admission.
If you are interested in applying to the university once you graduate from high school, we have provided a link to our online undergraduate application via applytexas.org: https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX
If I am interested in attending Texas A&M University – Kingsville after high school graduation, where can I find more information regarding the programs/majors that are available?
TAMUK is an outstanding university in South Texas and we are certain that you will find a program that is well suited for your career choice. We believe that our university provides an intellectually challenging and nurturing environment in which you can learn and grow. Our faculty, staff, and administration are dedicated to helping each student attain his/her goals. Our university would certainly be enhanced by your presence as an incoming Freshman, and we believe that you would find the years here both rich and productive.
You can find the top ten reasons to attend TAMUK at the following link below:
You can also visit our website to learn more about the majors and programs offered at TAMUK:
If you would like to speak to an advisor to learn more about our university and the programs we have to offer, please refer to our online contact list that can be found at: http://www.tamuk.edu/studentsuccess/advising.html
This page was last updated on: December 12, 2013