Get a head start on college
If someone told you that you could save money on tuition, reduce the time it takes to earn your degree and make your transition from high school to college easier, would you try it?
If you answered “yes,” SFA’s concurrent or dual credit programs might be right for you. These programs allow bright, motivated high school students — students who demonstrate the ability to succeed at college studies — to become SFA students and enroll in our classes.
The concurrent and dual credit programs are similar, but each has its own benefits.
What is dual credit?
With permission from your high school (or home school), you take approved SFA classes taught by our exceptional faculty. Depending on the class, you can take these at your own high school, on campus at SFA or through SFA Online.
You receive both high school and college credits for every class you complete successfully — and your college credits will be accepted at SFA. That means you’ll enter college with a head start!
How much will it cost?
Students in SFA’s dual credit program receive a fee waiver and pay $50 per onsite credit hour. Online courses are an additional $33 per credit hour. You can take up to 10 hours of courses at these prices per fall or spring semester.
What is concurrent enrollment?
In this program, you enroll at SFA and take extra courses here, in addition to your high school or home school classes. You do not receive high school credit for the classes, but you do receive college credit — and you can take any class you want as long as you meet the prerequisite requirements.
How much will it cost?
Concurrent classes cost the same amount as standard SFA tuition and fees.
What about my permanent record?
Any grade received in a dual credit/concurrent course will remain on your SFA transcript permanently. These courses can affect your college GPA; therefore, it is very important to take dual credit courses seriously. Please contact Janet McLeroy for further questions.
Applying to SFA: The requirements
What you need to apply for admission:
- Must be in grades 9–12
- Submit an up-to-date high school transcript
- Have a non-weighted minimum GPA of 85
- Make sure you satisfy the immunization requirements
- Meet the following requirements on one of the following standardized tests:
- An ACT score of 21 or higher
- A 1010 or higher on the SAT or the PSAT
- Submit a signed addendum
NOTE: Students are subject to all TSI exemptions and requirements.
Applying to SFA: The process
Applying to SFA is easy with the ApplyTexas online admissions application.
Where to find dual credit/concurrent studies in ApplyTexas
- After logging in, click the Application tab.
- Start a brand new application.
- Select Stephen F. Austin State University as your Target University.
- Select Freshman, U.S., as your Application Type.
- Reply “Yes” to the question about applying for Dual Credit or Concurrent Enrollment.
- As you input the requested information, select “Dual Credit or Concurrent Studies” as your major.
- Follow the prompts to complete and submit your application.
When will I hear back?
Decision letters should arrive within 2-3 weeks. Once you apply, you’ll get your own mySFA account within one week. mySFA is the official communication method of the university, so it’s important that you log on and set up your account.
After you apply, don’t forget:
Log on and set up your mySFA account right away. Financial aid awards, housing assignments and class registration are all done through mySFA.
State law requires that new students have a bacterial meningitis vaccine at least 10 days prior to enrollment. You must also submit your shot record to the Office of Admissions.