DUAL CREDIT INFORMATION (updated January 2021)


    ★  What is Dual Credit?​ Students can receive college credit and high school credit from the same course. Students get to experience college while still having the support of high school.

    ★  Dual Credit saves money​. For 3 hours of college credit the cost is $165. This saves 50%-75% off the price of the same course at a 4 year school. Only additional cost is for textbooks (online/book). ​Scholarships​ are offered for Dual Credit students during certain windows of time. The scholarship window is March 1st - April 15th. If a student is on Free/Reduced Lunch, they will qualify for a fee waiver. See Mrs. Lancaster (in counseling office) for more information.

    ★  Dual Credit courses are offered at the ​Marcus campus, online, or at the NCTC campus​. Students will receive college credit with a passing grade in the course. Dual credit courses are the same GPA weighting as AP courses.

    ★  Current Dual Credit courses offered at the Marcus campus are ​English 3 or English 4, US History, US Government, Economics, and College Algebra​. Other Dual Credit courses are available online or at the NCTC campus. Courses can be taken during the summer, fall, or spring​ semesters. Other courses could potentially be on our campus depending on the level of interest.

    ★  Dual Credit courses ​can transfer​ to Texas Public Universities, as well as many other campuses. Always check with colleges of interest on transferability.

    ★  Communication​ between students and the Dual Credit Counselor and NCTC Staff is imperative. Parents are not able to communicate with professors. All classes follow college guidelines and procedures.

    ★  After the student visits with their Marcus Counselor, ​students will begin the registration process with the ​Dual Credit Counselor, Neena Lancaster.

    ★  Many students will be required to take the ​TSI ​(Texas Success Initiative exam) unless an exemption can be provided through ​PSAT, SAT, ACT or STAAR EOC Scores​. The TSI includes 3 sections: Reading, Writing, and Math. The Dual Credit course you plan to take will determine which sections of the TSI you will have to complete.

    ★ The TSI will be administered at Marcus on Friday, March 12th at a discounted price. You can register for the test with Mrs. Lancaster(in counseling office). The TSI is also administered at NCTC if needed.

    If you are interested in summer sessions, the first summer session begins June 7th. The second summer session begins on July 14th. (Please refer to the NCTC website for further deadlines.)

    Registration for summer and fall NCTC Dual Credit ends April 1st. Students must complete the ApplyTexas application by March 10th.


    ★  If you are planning to take a course at NCTC or online, you will be required to turn in a shot record with your up-to-date Meningitis shot.

    ★  All Dual Credit Forms and documentation must be returned to MHS Counselor Mrs. Lancaster. ​It should NOT be taken to NCTC​.


    * Students who are interested in dual credit class need to speak with their counselor first. Once decision is made to pursue dual credit class, student will talk with our dual credit liaison ~ counselor Mrs. Lancaster (lancastern@lisd.net) in counseling office (D103) *