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 TSI scores. If a student decides to move these credits into an AAS degree plan, then TSI 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 TSI 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
    • TSI 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.

Beginning Fall 2018:

  • Counselors are required to Certify Free and Reduced Student Waivers for Tuition Grants by May 21st. These grants will remain in effect for one school year; Fall, Spring, and Summer. No additional documents needed from students.
  • Counselors are required to Certify Student Enrollment Rosters by the deadline.
  • Counselors are required to submit both the Certified Student Enrollment Roster & Student Registration Forms in bulk by the deadline.

Dates & Deadlines

Event Summer 2018 Fall 2018
Scholarship Application & Information
Fall Scholarship Deadline: April 15th Spring Scholarship Deadline: October 15th
Registration Begins

Online registration available

April 16 April 16
Application & Documents*

Submission Priority Deadline
Both 8 & 16 weeks
Ensures timely registration

April 6 April 6
Certify Free & Reduced Student Roster
Tuition Waivers
In effect for Fall, Spring & Summer
On file for current students May 21 by 8:00 AM
for 2018-2019 year
Application & Documents Deadline

CANNOT ensure registration after this date

May 15 August 5
(May 15 LISD)
For new students and those registered
since May 21; both 8 & 16 weeks
Not Required August 10
Earlier if possible
Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund
June 3, Summer I & III
July 8, Summer II
August 24 by noon
Classes Begin
June 4, Summer I & III
July 9, Summer II
August 27
Last Day to Drop

Without a "W" on college transcript

June 6, Summer I
July 11, Summer II
June 22, Summer III
September 10
Last Day to Withdraw

With a "W"

June 21, Summer I & III
July 12, Summer II
November 8
Midterm Grades Sent to High Schools
No Midterm Grades October 25
Final Grades Sent to High School
August 17 December 19

* PLEASE—Submissions by school personnel must be in bulk, whether by email or requested pick up from coordinator.

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 February 1. 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

2017-2018 Academic Year

(Cooke County)
Graham Branch Campus Out of District, In-State
(Denton, Montague,
all other Texas Counties)
Out of State
$25.00 per credit hour $40.00 per credit hour $100.00 per credit hour $190.00 per credit hour
$75.00 for 3 hr course $120.00 for 3 hr course $300.00 for 3 hr course $570.00 for 3 hr course


2018-2019 Academic Year

(Cooke County)
Graham Branch Campus Out of District, In-State
(Denton, Montague,
all other Texas Counties)
Out of State
$34.00 per credit hour $44.00 per credit hour $113.00 per credit hour $206.00 per credit hour
$102.00 for 3 hr course $132.00 for 3 hr course $339.00 for 3 hr course $618.00 for 3 hr course
  • 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.