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2024-2026 Catalog 
2024-2026 Catalog

Dual Enrollment

Dual Credit

The purpose of Dual Credit is to allow eligible high school students to enroll in college courses and high school classes receiving both high school and college credit. Students can experience college-level courses at either the their high school or Tarrant County College. Participation in the dual credit program allows students to gain insight into the college academic experience and possibly shorten the time required to complete an associate or baccalaureate degree after high school graduation.


The Texas College and Career Readiness School Models (CCRSM) are open enrollment programs that blend high school and college coursework to help historically underserved and at-risk students develop technical skills, earn college credentials and degrees, and pursue in-demand career paths.

Area independent school districts, in conjunction with Tarrant County College, have implemented Early College High Schools (ECHS) and Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (PTECH) to give students multiple opportunities and several points of entry.

Early College High School (ECHS)

An ECHS model is designed to provide a rigorous course of study that enables a participating student to receive a high school diploma, earn certifications or earn an associate degree or earn at least 60 credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree during grades 9-12.

Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (PTECH)

PTECH models are designed to provide a pathway from high school to post-secondary education to employment for students grades 9 through 12. This program gives students the opportunity to attend college and earn a high school diploma, industry certification, and an associate degree while engaging in appropriate work-based learning.

Early College High Schools are usually located on or near a college campus and provide high school students who might not otherwise consider attending college the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree or approximately 60 college credit hours.

ECHS differs from dual credit programs in that its focus begins in 9th or 10th grade, whereas dual credit programs are usually offered beginning in the 11th or 12th grade. For more information about a specific ECHS ISD, visit the ECHS webpage.

Home School

A home school student is a student who is receiving secondary schooling at home and/or with other students, learning outside of a formal school setting.

Dual Enrollment Tuition

Effective Fall 2023, students participating in a Dual Credit, Early College High School (ECHS), or Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH) program shall not be charged tuition for eligible courses. Eligible courses must be on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and approved course crosswalk.

For more information regarding dual enrollment tuition, the Financial Aid for Swift Transfer (FAST) program, and the TCC Dual Credit tuition waiver, visit the FAQ page on the TCC website.