What is dual credit?
Dual credit is a process by which an eligible high school student enrolls in a college course and receives academic credit for the course from both the college and the high school. Students earn college and high school credits (dual credit) in an approved college course by attending SFA class(es) taught at their high school, online or remotely at the SFA campus.
High school students (9-12 grade) enrolled in public school or private school, or who are home schooled may be eligible to earn credit toward high school graduation by completing core curriculum courses through SFA’s dual credit program.
Choosing an exploratory pathway in high school can help set your career path early with specialization in the subject you find most interesting.
- Arts and humanities
- Forestry and agriculture
- Sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics
If you have questions about how dual credit courses will apply to your future major, contact our dual credit advisor, Raquel Skidmore, at 936.468.6232 or email@example.com.
SFA's dual credit program is designed to provide eligible high school students an opportunity to earn college credit in an affordable manner. This is demonstrated by the following:
- The application fee is waived for students applying to the SFA dual credit program.
- Dual credit tuition, including all fees, is $86 per semester credit hour, or approximately an 85% discount from the full price of a normal course.
- For example, a three-credit-hour course, such as English composition, would cost $258.
- Courses taken must be core curriculum or within a dual credit exploratory pathway to receive the dual credit price.
Support services for enrolled students
Students enrolled in dual credit courses are subject to the same academic policies as those in regular courses. You also have all student support services available to them, including:
- the Academic Assistance and Resource Center
- the Center for Career and Professional Development
- Counseling Services
- Disability Services
- Health Services
- Steen Library
As a dual-credit student, you're eligible to purchase a Campus Recreation membership!
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!
Note: If a student is a minor, a parental consent form may be required to access certain services. If a student has questions about how to access resources on campus, they should contact the Dean of Students Office for assistance at 936.468.7249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply
When applying for dual credit, complete your application to SFA and follow these steps:
- After logging in, click the Application tab.
- Start a 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.
- As you input the requested information, select “dual credit”.
- Note: The application fee for dual credit students is waived. Select "Request Fee Waiver."
- Follow the prompts to complete and submit your application.
Texas Success Initiative
A state-mandated program designed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, TSI requirements apply to all students in Texas public colleges and universities. View the TSI exemptions and requirements.
Students must prove college-readiness by providing testing scores that meet exemption, passing, or waiver requirements. Visit the Student Success Center's Dual Credit Students TSI page for score requirements.
All TSI exemptions and/or TSI Assessment scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions by email, fax or mail using the contact information below.
Additional required documents
- Submit your completed and signed dual credit student agreement.
- Your official high school transcript (must be received directly from your high school)
Students earning credit hours onsite at SFA:
Bacterial meningitis immunization requirement
In order to live on campus or take face-to-face classes, state law requires new students have a bacterial meningitis vaccine, that is less than five years old, administered at least 10 days prior to the start of term.
After you apply, don’t forget:
Once you have been notified that SFA has received your application, log on and set up your mySFA account right away. Registering for dual credit classes and paying your bill are both done through mySFA.