How You Can Help

Make sure you have discussed Tips for Being a Successful Dual Credit Student with your student.

  • Encourage them to do their best, let them know college is important and they can be successful.
  • Success in college will depend on their self-motivation, discipline, organizational skills, study habits, and time management. Encourage them in these areas.
  • Remind them that one hour spent in a college class requires two hours outside class reading, studying, and completing assignments.
  • College will be different from high school. They will be given a greater amount of freedom.
  • Allow them to take ownership for success and responsibility for failures.
  • Encourage them to establish open communication with their instructors. If they are experiencing challenges in a course, they will need to communicate this to their instructor. Do not contact instructors on their behalf.

Is Your Child Eligible?  Is Your Child Ready? 

To be eligible, students must have TSIA2 college ready test scores. Students must also have a “C” or higher high school GPA to qualify. High schools may have a higher standard or additional requirements, so it is important to check with your high school. 

Parents are encouraged to talk with their child about the expectations of beginning college. Scoring well on college entrance tests is not the most accurate predictor of success. Research has indicated that IQ/ test scores do not guarantee  success in dual credit or in life. A far better indicator appears to be the character trait called “GRIT”. Grit is the power of passion and perseverance.  Developing these qualities in your child will be important.  


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds the U.S. Department of Education. Dual Credit students fall under this FERPA law.

Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. College instructors are required to follow FERPA regulations and release of dual credit student educational information, even to the parent, violates federal law.