High School Counselors

NCTC’s Dual Credit ON TRACK is an opportunity for 9th – 12th grade students to earn college credit and high school credit simultaneously. Students taking academic dual credit must have college ready test scores based on courses selected and a high school GPA of 2.0. High schools may require a higher GPA. Students enrolling in Career Technical courses are not required to meet college ready TSIA2 scores. If a student decides to move these credits into an AAS degree plan, then TSIA2 scores would be required at that time. The state of Texas requires each school district to have a Memorandum of Understanding in order to provide dual credit courses. There is a separate Memorandum for Home School.

 NCTC TSIA2 Assessment Testing at High School - Important Preparation Instructions

Counselors are encouraged to attend NCTC’s Counselors Forum where yearly updates are shared.

Dual Credit On Track

  • To be eligible to register for course/s Dual Credit students must submit all documents and adhere to deadlines, Dates & Deadlines Calendar. Schools are encouraged to set earlier deadlines. Students should log into MyNCTC student services to verify if Admission file is complete.
  • Documents required prior to registration deadline
    • Application, ApplyTexas.org
    • High school and college transcripts
    • TSIA2 scores
    • Meningitis immunization may be required if attending NCTC campus

Additional Requirements

  • Student/Parent Orientation & Agreement Form
    Orientations available face to face at high schools or online.
  • Student Registration Form must be completed with high school counselor. This form is NOT required prior to registration.
  • Counselors are required to Certify Free and Reduced Student Tuition Grants by published deadline. These grants will remain in effect for one school year; Fall, Spring, and Summer. No additional documents needed from students.
  • Counselors are required to submit signed Certified Student Enrollment/Free Reduced Rosters by the deadline.


Payment or Payment Plan set up is due at time of registration. Dual Credit students will be included in all NCTC drop dates for nonpay.

Public Ed free reduced students are required to pay for all textbooks themselves.

Drops will take place on the last working Monday of each month.

Dates & Deadlines

Deadlines and Important Dates for Counselors
Event Fall 2021 Spring 2022
Online Registration Begins
April 15-May 12

Returning Students: October 4 - December 2
New Students: October 18 - December 2

Application & Documents
Submission for new students

Both 8 and 16 weeks
Ensures timely registration

Applications: 1 month prior to scheduled online registration date

Applications: At least
2 months prior to

Just Updated
Test Scores
3 weeks prior to
scheduled registration
date with spreadsheet


Signed Certified Enrollment Roster

Both 8 and 16 weeks

Must be signed and
returned to Dual Credit Office!

F&R Tuition Waivers

  • F&R is paid directly by NCTC, not state funds
  • If this list is not verified by counselor and a student is missed, they will not be added later and the ISD or student will have to pay.
    This is necessary to complete coding by NCTC before classes begin
School Enrollment Roster
  • This is critical for you to ensure students are in courses they need to be at correct times and in what format (online or f2f). If a student sits in a Dual Credit Course and isn't supposed to be, we can't go back and allow college credit.
  • Also, any students need to be dropped before the first day of classes, otherwise the student is at risk of still owing a percentage of tuition, including F&R students

DC Office send on August 2

Due back by:
August 6 @ 8:00 AM
Earlier if possible

Add/Drop forms can be submitted until you sign and return your FINAL correct enrollment roster by August 6

By signing and returning the enrollment roster you are stating that it is correct and no adjustments are needed and students are aware of their schedules.

Once the list has been signed and returned as being correct, no F&R additions can be made for the semester. This is necessary to complete coding by NCTC before classes begin.

Final list will be sent Jan. 4 - Due back Jan. 8 @ 8:00 AM

Add/Drop forms can be submitted until you sign and return your FINAL correct enrollment roster by Jan. 8.

By signing and returning the enrollment roster you are stating that it is correct, nothing needs to be changed, and students are aware of their courses.

After January 8 no additions can be made for the semester. This is necessary to complete coding by NCTC before classes begin

Last Day to Drop
with 100% Refund
August 20 January 16
Classes Begin
August 23 January 18
Last Day to Drop
First 8 week course
August 29 January 23
Last Day to Drop
Second 8 week course
October 24 March 27
Last Day to Withdraw
First 8 week course
with a "W"
September 23 February 17
Last Day to Drop
16 week course

Without a "W" on
college transcript

September 6 January 30
Last Day to Withdraw
16 week course
With a "W"
November 1 April 4
Last Day to Withdraw
Second 8 week course
November 18 April 21
Final Exams for First 8 week
October 14-16 March 12-14
Final Exams for
Second 8 week and
16 Week courses
December 9-11 May 9 - 14
December 10
Dual Credit students must complete the application for graduation by required deadline.
May 13
Dual Credit students must complete the application for graduation by required deadline.
Midterm Grades Sent to
High Schools for
16 week courses ONLY
October 15 March 21
2 weeks to withdraw if necessary
Final Grades Sent to
High School
January 5 May 24

Holidays - College Closed

  • Labor Day - September 6
  • Thanksgiving - November 24-28
  • Christmas - December 17 - January 2
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 17
  • Spring Break - March 14-19

General Eligibility

  • Any public, private, charter, or home school high school student in 9th – 12th grade student
  • College readiness in at least one testing area as evidenced with Qualifying Test Scores. The TSI Assessment is the most commonly used test. TSI Testing Request is available for onsite high school testing.
  • Minimum high school GPA of "C" or higher as required by high school principal or school board.
  • Social and behavioral maturity for college level courses
  • Parents and counselors should be aware that college ready scores are not the only criteria for student success. Tips For Being a Successful Dual Credit Student can help students understand the difference between high school and college. GRIT may be more important in determining student success than readiness scores.
     Play GRIT Video
  • Students with prior disciplinary or attendance problems, as defined by The Texas Education Code, section 25.92 Minimum Attendance for Class Credit, are not eligible to enroll in dual credit courses.

What NCTC Offers

Dual Credit at NCTC offers a vast array of services and programs. Is your school interested in an early college high school concept?  NCTC’s Collegiate Academy may be of interest as well as pathways for Core Complete, Associate Degree, University Transfer, and University Partnership.

Collegiate Academy

NCTC partners with high schools to provide early college access for students who desire to graduate NCTC Core Complete or with Associate Degree. Contact the Director of Dual Credit if your high school is interested in establishing a Collegiate Academy. If you are offering Dual Credit opportunities for 9th graders, you may be approved as an NCTC Collegiate Academy Partnership School. Contact Director of Dual Credit.

Dual Credit Courses


By state mandate NCTC Core Curriculum transfers to all public colleges and universities in Texas.  Students attending out of state or private universities should check with that institution.

Course Load

High school students may enroll in the number of classes appropriate to their needs with an institutional upper limit of 18 hours per long semester. A load of 12 hours per long semester should be considered advanced by most metrics for Dual Credit students.

Courses Offered

NCTC offers hybrid, online and face to face courses at NCTC campuses and high school campuses. High schools requesting courses taught on site must complete a Course Request Form by required deadline. Requesting courses does not guarantee NCTC's ability to provide an instructor.


Dual Credit students receive a reduced tuition rate based on their residency.

Dual Credit Tuition Rates

Tuition rates for the the Fall 2021, Spring and Summer 2022 Semesters based on student residency.
Residency Tuition General Use Fee Out-of-District Total per Semester Hour
In-District $0.00 $43.00 N/A $43.00
In-District Branch Campus
(Graham ISD)
$0.00 $43.00 $20.00 $63.00
In-State $57.00 $43.00 $32.00 $132.00
Out-of-State $136.00 $43.00 $46.00 $225.00
  • Students must attend a high school located in North Central Texas College's service area (Cooke County, Denton County, and Graham ISD) to receive dual credit discounted rates.
  • Students attending a high school located out of North Central Texas College's service area will pay regular tuition rates.