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Dual Credit

In partnership with local high schools, North Lake College offers qualified juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn college credit while completing high school requirements.

Dual Credit courses are offered in a variety of subject areas, including math, science, English, economics, history, government, and a wide variety of technical courses. Classes meet on NLC campus or the high school campus, and are taught by college faculty or qualified high school instructors.

Dual Credit academic courses are transferable to all Texas public colleges and universities as well as many private and out-of-state institutions. Students planning to transfer to a private or out-of-state college or university should check with the receiving school to confirm transferability of credits from North Lake College.

Why take dual credit classes?

Dual Credit offers motivated high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college and high school credit simultaneously.

As a Dual Credit student, you can:

  • Save money on college tuition.
  • Finish college faster. 
  • Enjoy an easier transition to college-level coursework and college life.

Find out more about differences between high school and college (PDF).

Costs

Tuition is free for courses that are considered dual credit. Students receive both high school and college credit for the course(s) they take. There must be an agreement between North Lake College and the high school.

If a student takes a course for concurrent credit, then the tuition is not waived. Concurrent credit refers to enrollment for which the student receives college credit only.

Students must purchase their college textbooks and any other materials that are needed for the college course.

These guidelines have been updated to reflect new requirements relating to Dual Credit courses.

Eligibility Requirements

To enroll in a dual credit course offered by North Lake, students must meet these eligibility requirements.

Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine

Some students may be required to take a meningitis vaccine before enrolling. Read more information about the state of Texas' requirements, deadlines, exceptions, and exemptions.

Getting Started in Dual Credit at North Lake College

To participate in dual credit courses, students must be high school juniors or seniors, have their sixteenth birthday no later than the summer preceding the start of their junior year,​ be recommended by their high school principal or counselor, have the permission of their parents, and meet the course prerequisites. Students need to review the eligibility requirements for the programs with your school counselor. Your counselor will let you know which courses are designated as dual credit through your school.
 
To apply, fill out our enrollment packet (PDF), which includes a checklist of supporting documents you might need.
 
All high school students enrolled in college classes are held accountable to policies, rules, and regulations of the Dallas County Community College District.​​​​