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WHAT IS DUAL ENROLLMENT? • Allows high school students to simultaneously earn college or vocational credit toward a post-secondary certificate or degree at STC that will also count as credit toward a high school diploma. • Exclusively for Qualifying Juniors and Seniors.
Dual Enrollment Program • Dual enrollment students are considered college students. • DE courses benefit students by saving them time and money, and preparing them for college, however, there are adverse consequences for students who do not pass their courses.
BENEFITS OF PROGRAM Save Time: Dual students spend less time completing their college degrees and graduate at a younger age. Save Money: Save thousands of dollars on tuition, fees and textbooks costs. Be College Ready: Research shows dual students graduate with higher GPAs than non-dual students.
REQUIREMENTS Submit Application: Apply to STC www.applytexas.org Testing: Qualify With STAAR, THEA, ACCUPLACER Sign Consent Form: Sign “S” Form for Each Dual Enrollment Course
Academic Courses Offered at Vela HS ENGLISH 1301 & 1302 LITERATURE ALGEBRA PRE-CALCULUS CALCULUS SPANISH BIOLOGY CHEMISTRY HISTORY MUSIC APPRECIATION Career & Technology Courses Offered at Vela HS • BUSINESS INFORMATION MANAGEMENT II. • BUSINESS MANAGEMENT II • DIGITAL INTERNET MEDIA.
TRANSFERING CREDITS Most Academic Courses (Basic Courses) are transferable to other institutions of higher education as per STC Articulation Agreements. However, most non-academic courses (CATE Courses) may not transfer to other institutions of higher education.
FAILING/DROPPING DE COURSES: Failing/dropping your dual courses may: • Affect your college GPA • Affect your financial aid eligibility when graduating from HS • Result in Financial Aid/Academic probation or suspension • Affect admission into college/university or scholarship eligibility
What Is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)? • Federal regulation under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 • Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained regardless of whether or not financial aid is awarded each semester. • All students, including dual enrollment students, must adhere to the policy to be eligible for financial aid as entering freshman at South Texas College.
POLICY REQUIREMENTS • 1. Complete 67% of courses attempted cumulatively • 2. Maintain overall GPA at 2.0 • 3. Graduate within the Maximum Time Frame Students must satisfy three requirements:
MAINTAIN A GPA OF 2.0 OR Better GPA • Equivalent to receiving a C letter grade for every course the student attempts. • 67% Rule v. GPA • If a student is in a situation where he/she is doing poorly in a course, sometimes the better option is to drop the course rather remain in the course and have their GPA suffer.
FAQ’s CONTINUED: • What will happen to my status if I skip a semester? • Your status will remain unchanged. If your status was warning, it will remain on warning. If your status was suspension, it will remain on suspension. • I am planning on attending STC next semester, but I am on suspension. Can I get Financial Aid? • If you are on Financial Aid suspension when you enroll as a regular student at STC, though you may qualify for financial aid, we will not be able to release any of your funds unless you are able to satisfactorily complete the appeal process. • What if I attend a different institution after graduating from high school? • Please check with your prospective college or university.
FAQ’s: What happens if I drop a course? Students who drop before the 12th college class day (see South Texas College Academic Calendar) will not be penalized. Students who drop a course after the 12th college class day, risk not satisfying the 67% rule. Dropping will result in receiving a “W” for that course and will not be considered an earned credit for the 67% rule. What happens if I completely drop all my dual enrollment courses? • Students who drop all their courses after the 12th college class day automatically face a change in their status. If you are currently on good standing, you will be placed on warning status for the following semester. If you are currently on warning status, you will be placed on suspension for the following semester. How do I get out of suspension or probation? If you are on suspension and meet both requirements you will be placed on warning status the following semester. If you are on warning status and meet both requirements, you will be placed back on good standing the following semester.
AVOID FAILING/DROPPING CLASSES • Each semester, STC grants students the opportunity to withdraw/drop from their dual courses if they are failing. • Students must submit a STC “DROP FORM” by a certain deadline. • Failure to drop the course by the deadline may result in receiving a poor grade in your dual course(s).
Repeat Fees Students who are re-taking a course that they dropped or failed during a previous semester will be charged a ‘repeat fee’: First Time Repeating: $50.00 P/CH Second Time Repeating: $75.00 P/CH Third Time Repeating: $100.00 P/CH
Tony Matamoros Outreach Specialist South Texas College (956) 872-2026 Omatamoros_6284@southtexascollege.edu QUESTIONS, PLEASE!