Dual Credit

Earn college credit while in high school

Dual credit classes allow qualified students to earn high school and college credit at the same time, making substantial progress toward a college degree before finishing high school.

While in the program, high school students are able to take collegiate-level coursework taught by college faculty at a fraction of the tuition cost.

Why participate in dual credit?

There are many benefits to participating in dual credit, including:

Save Time and Money

Earning college credit at a reduced cost, which can save time and money.

New Skills

Acquiring skills to become life-long learners and job-ready.

Support Services

Access to academic and student support services to foster success, such as library access, tutoring services, career exploration tools, and more.

Easing Transitions

Easing the transition between high school and college in a familiar, supportive environment.

Who can enroll in dual credit classes?

Students enrolled in participating local high schools or are home-schooled may be eligible to participate. Students enrolled in dual credit must fulfill Texas Success Initiative requirements, any additional course/program prerequisites, and high school requirements.

Participating local high schools include:

  • Clear Creek High School
  • Clear Falls High School
  • Clear Springs High School
  • Dickinson High School
  • Friendswood High School
  • Hitchcock High School
  • La Marque High School
  • Santa Fe High School
  • Texas City High School

What types of dual credit classes are offered?

Students participating in dual credit may choose to enroll in either:

Foundation Courses

Foundational courses that apply toward an academic transfer program at COM or are intended to transfer to a public college or university in Texas.

Workforce Courses

Workforce courses that apply toward a COM certificate or degree program.

Where are dual credit classes offered?

Dual credit classes are offered at the following locations:

  • COM — Main Campus
  • COM — Learning Center in League City
  • Participating local high schools
  • Online

Additional Information

Confidentiality Requirements

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their educational records. Under FERPA, an “eligible student” is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.
These rights under FERPA include:

  • The right to know that directory information is publicly accessible.
  • The right to know that non-directory information will not be given to another person without written permission to the student. To release this information, the student must complete an “Authorization to Release Information” form.
  • The right to review their own records and to check for accuracy.
  • The right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures by College of the Mainland to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

College of the Mainland discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.

For more information on FERPA, please visit the following websites:

Financial Aid Implications

Students enrolled in high school are not eligible to receive state or federal financial aid. However, college course grades earned while in high school can affect students’ future financial aid eligibility in the following ways.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

To maintain financial aid eligibility, a student must meet a standard of satisfactory academic progress established by the college/university. This standard must apply to a student’s entire academic history, whether financial aid was received or not. Grades earned for college credit while in high school do affect a student’s satisfactory academic progress.

Note: Satisfactory academic progress applies to all financial aid programs administered by the Financial Aid Office (except alternative loans if not required by the lender).

College of the Mainland’s satisfactory academic progress standard includes the following components, per the academic catalog:

  1. A student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.5 for up to 30 attempted hours and 2.0 for 31 hours or more.
    1. The grade of F is included in the GPA.  
    2. The student’s financial aid GPA can be different from the school’s GPA due to transfer and/or developmental courses.
  2. A student must successfully complete a minimum of 67 percent of all hours attempted at COM.
  3. A student receiving financial aid funds must complete his/her COM educational objective or course of study within 150 percent of the credit hours needed to complete the program, including developmental and all attempted hours whether taken at COM or another college.
    1. Grades of F, I, W, WX developmental courses and repeated courses are counted in the total number of hours attempted.

For more information on satisfactory academic progress, please visit the following websites:

Partnership Agreements

2021-2022 thru 2025-2026 Dual Credit Partnership Agreement

ISD Signing Dates

  • CCISD – 03/29/2022
  • DISD, FISD, HISD, SFISD, TCISD – 01/18/2022

Contact Details

Dual Credit Office

College of the Mainland
1200 N. Amburn Road
Texas City, Texas 77591
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