Dual Credit Student

Houston Community College (HCC) provides high school students the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit through concurrent enrollment with HCC while still in high school. Students can earn dual credit by taking an approved college class offered at a high school, HCC campus, or online.

In order to participate in a HCC dual credit program, high school students must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet school district or high school requirements for taking a dual credit class and be recommended for dual credit by his/her high school authority.
  • Currently enrolled in 9th grade or higher.
  • Demonstrate college readiness standards by achieving passing scores under the provision of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), OR demonstrate exemption from testing under the provisions of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) (See “College Readiness Requirements” section below for details)
  • Meet the dual credit course prerequisite requirements.

Step 1 – Complete Application

Complete the application at www.hccs.edu/application

Select Credit as the career (field of study)

HCC uses the Apply Texas application for 2 year schools. You will need to allow two business days for processing

Step 2 – Submit evidence of Meningitis vaccination
Submit evidence of Meningitis vaccination (only required if attending classes on an HCC campus)

Step 3 – Submit residency documentation (if applicable)
Submit residency documentation (if applicable)

Step 4 – Submit supporting documents 

Transcripts/Test Scores

In order to better determine your placement status and apply all possible earned credits towards your future degree plan, be sure to submit an official transcript from your high school and any other college/university you previously attended. You should also submit score reports from external tests like the SAT, ACT, AP, CLEP, IB, etc.

Please request that transcripts and score reports are submitted to HCC electronically. HCC accepts PDF transcripts directly from the service providers such as Credentials, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse.  The email should be sent to admissions@hccs.edu.

If you need to directly mail an official transcript or score report to HCC, please use the following address:

Office of Student Records
P.O. Box 667517-MC 1136
Houston TX 77266-7517

HCC will use unofficial transcripts/grade reports and TSI scores for initial advisement and placement purposes. However, a transcript hold will be placed on your record until an official transcript is received in the Office of Student Records within the first semester of enrollment.

If you have a college transcript from a country outside of the United States, please visit the Transfer Room for more information.

Step 5 – Complete any testing requirements

How do I know if I need to complete the TSI Assessment (TSIA)?
Not all new students are required to complete the TSI Assessment. Several exemptions are available to students who meet certain criteria.

View the TSIA exemption list.

If you are not exempt from further testing, you must:

  1. Complete a Pre-Assessment Activity.
  2. Obtain a testing a testing referral form from the Enrollment Services Counter on the campus you plan to test at.
  3. Visit one of HCC's Testing/Assessment Offices at a campus near you and complete the assessment test.

Prepare for placement testing

The TSI Assessment is a placement testing tool used by public Texas colleges and universities to make sure students are placed into the most appropriate level of courses based on college readiness. TSI is an acronym for "Texas Success Initiative." The TSI Assessment determines your preparation level for the subjects of reading, writing, and math. How do I prepare for the TSI Assessment? If it is determined that you need to take a placement test, you will be required to complete a Pre-Assessment Activity before signing up to take the test. HCC strongly encourages you to thoroughly prepare for the test prior to taking it. Results of this test will determine whether you need multiple levels of developmental writing, reading, and math, a single level, or if you are at college level. To prepare for the TSI Assessment, visit HCC’s free Pre-Assessment Activity website.

Where do I go to take the TSI Assessment?

After completing the Pre-Assessment Activity:

  1. Obtain an Assessment Authorization Form from the Enrollment Services Office at any campus.
  2. Pay the required testing fee. 
  3. Keep your receipt for test fee payment and Assessment Authorization Form. You will need to present these items along with a valid photo ID on the day you test. 
  4. Visit one of HCC's Testing/Assessment Offices at a campus near you and complete the assessment test.  

A valid government issued photo ID, bearing a signature, is required for testing. 

Step 6 – Register for classes

Once you are ready to register, log in to the Student System and start adding classes to your schedule.

Step 7 – Prepare for the semester