What is the Dual Credit program?
Palo Alto College’s Dual Credit Program allows eligible high schools students to earn college credit for certain high school courses in which they are currently enrolled while completing their high school requirements. In order for students to participate in the program, the high schools must be approved to offer dual credit courses.
Steps to becoming a Dual Credit Student:
- Contact your high school counselor regarding dual credit at your campus
- Complete the ApplyTexas application
- Complete the AlamoENROLL modules
- Coordinate with the high school counselor on testing requirements
- Turn in all necessary documentation to your high school counselor.
Students may take up to two dual credit classes (6 to 8 semester credit hours) per regular semester; Dual Credit courses are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters only. This includes students enrolled in a Texas High School, some private schools, and students who are home schooled. Course credit will be counted for both high school graduation credit and college credit.
Benefits of Dual Credit:
- Dual Credit increases the likelihood that a student will complete high school, enroll in and persist in college
- Decreases the cost of tuition and fees for students in completing their academic degrees
- New graduates enter the workforce at an accelerated rate and begin to earn wages, benefiting themselves and making positive contributions to our economy
- Students can earn up to 24 hours of college credit before graduating from high school. Ask your high school counselor about the 24 hour dual credit challenge today!
- Increases student’s self-confidence!
References and Forms:
High School Dual Credit Teams:
Annual Agreement (excel file)
Dual Credit School MOU
Dual Credit Brochure
High School Students:
How to Complete the ApplyTexas for Dual Credit Students
Parent Consent Form
Dual Credit Enrollment Checklist