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What is dual credit?
FISD high school students can take Collin College courses and receive credit both for their high school diploma and their college degree. Courses may be taught on the high school or college campus by Collin College professors. Course offerings are evaluated on a yearly basis for the Frisco ISD Dual Credit program. Please check the most recent FISD Academic Guide for details.
Can I earn an Associates Degree while in high school?
Yes. Students who are interested in this particular degree should reach out to their Collin College Counselor and High School Counselor to discuss an approach to complete this degree plan.
What is the deadline to register?
Information about registration deadlines is posted on the Dual Credit Enrollment Information page.
What is concurrent credit?
This is when a student earns college credit only for a college course taught on the college campus.
What approvals does a student need before enrolling in a dual credit class?
Approval from a high school counselor is required for both dual and concurrent credit.
Will Collin College dual credit transfer to universities?
College credit will transfer to most colleges or universities. Please visit Collin’s TransferU for more information.
Who can participate?
Students enrolled in an FISD high school who are ready to acquire college credit. Students must also have permission from the appropriate high school counselor, an A/B grade point average is recommended, meet Texas Success Initiative standards and demonstrate the maturity level needed to be successful in college course work.
How does enrollment in dual credit courses impact GPA?
Weighted grade points are awarded for successful completion of a dual credit course. Specifically, regular courses allow you to obtain a maximum point total of 5.0, dual credit earns a maximum point total of 5.5, and AP earns a maximum point total of 6.0.
Are there any federal student aid consequences for taking a dual credit course?
High school students who are dual enrolled with Collin College and earn college credits for core coursework have no consequences in regards to federal student aid. Having dual credits does not lower a student’s eligibility. All Pell-eligible students can receive up to six full-time Pell awards.
What are my options?
Courses are offered in many disciplines including Economics, English, Government, History, Math, Science, Psychology, Speech and Fine Arts. A variety of technical and workforce programs are also available for dual and concurrent enrollment.
What are the requirements to teach an academic dual credit course?
Courses are taught by college instructors and/or high school teachers who have a master’s degree and 18 hours in the subject area being taught.
Why is the program being phased in?
Due to fairness of GPA calculations and not to create unfair weighted advantage, certain courses are phased in by graduating class.
Why does dual credit US HIST 1302 come before 1301, and take the EOC in December?
HIST1302 covers the second half of US History (from 1877 through the present), which is also the content tested on the End of Course (EOC) Exam. Much like AP US History, also a college-level course, dual credit students will cover more historical time periods than on-level content students. Taking the second half first allows students to cover all content tested prior to the EOC testing window, allows students time to prepare for retest if needed, and ensures that students who choose to change to on-level US History at semester will not miss any content.
For additional questions, please contact your FISD high school counselor.
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