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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 their 10th or 11th Grade TAKS scores or one of the other tests listed on the registration form. They must pass the section of the TAKS 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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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. List of classes offered can be found on the Blue & Gold website http://www.tamuk.edu/bluegold/ 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.
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 Center for Student Success and the Office of the Registrar by processing a withdrawal form. In the case of a student subject to Senate Bill 1231, a grade of QE will be awarded in each course after the late registration period regardless of the student’s academic standing in the class. Please refer to the semester Academic Calendar for deadlines.
Senate Bill 1231 Drop Policy Link
Is a Dually 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. Do not enroll in a course(s) if you are not committed to staying in the course, studying and passing the course(s).
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 district where the parent/student are financially obligated to pay for the tuition and fees associated with taking dual credit course may submit payment in one of the options below.
– 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,
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.
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?
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
This page was last updated on: October 15, 2012