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Admissions Process

When you take one of our technical pathways with four courses, you might be able to knock out a whole semester of classes at TSTC, depending on the program.

If you decide to take your education to the next step with TSTC after high school, you’ll find dual enrollment simplifies the admissions process, too. Save time, get started on your career faster, and earn money sooner.

What is Dual Enrollment?

Dual Enrollment gives high school students a head start toward their futures. Take college courses to earn college and high school credit at the same time.

College courses are available at some high school campuses, on-site at a TSTC campus, and through distance learning classes taught by TSTC instructors.

Who is Eligible?

Whether attending public, private, or home school, all high school students are eligible to participate as long as we have a current agreement with your high school. Check with your  counselor to learn if your school has a partnership with TSTC.

Why Apply for Dual Enrollment?

You can get a head start on your future career. Dual Enrollment can prepare you for a job right out of high school, build skills so you can earn a certification, or get started on an Associate of Applied Science degree in a technical program.

Are books and tools are needed?

You are responsible for purchasing textbooks and additional materials (computer software, tools and proper safety equipment, if mandated by the program) by the first class day.

Some ISD’s purchase textbooks and additional materials for their students. Always consult with your counselor before purchasing textbooks.

How much does it cost?

Dual Enrollment courses are offered at a reduced rate of $33 per credit hour. Talk to your high school counselor—your independent school district (ISD) may pay some or all of your tuition.

Are you a college student, too?

Technically, yes.

If you attend classes on campus, you will be treated like any of our college students. And like all other TSTC students, you should get familiar with the Code of Student Conduct outlined in the TSTC Catalog and Student Handbook.

You’ll also have an official college transcript with grades from your courses, dual credit students must maintain a  grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

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We've got you covered

At TSTC we want every student to be a success. We provide a wide variety of services to help you achieve your dream of being in a career that you’ll enjoy the rest of your life.

TSTC Learning Resource Centers

The Learning Resource Centers (LRC), located on all TSTC campuses, offer many services to assist students in achieving academic goals. Remote library services and resources are available to all students, faculty and staff 24/7; and physical library services and resources vary depending on the location.

  • Digital Library Materials
  • Computer, Printing and Copying Services
  • Electronic databases
  • Email, chat, and phone-based reference
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library Catalog
  • Research Guides
  • Study areas

The LRC also participates in TexShare, a cooperative program designed to improve library services to Texans through the sharing of resources. For more information about library resources, please send an email to or contact your local LRC.

Access and Learning Accommodations (ALA)

The Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Access and Learning Accommodations office serves as a resource for students who may experience barriers due to a disability (long-term or short-term).

Students seeking accommodations or services should make contact with the ALA office in a timely manner to self-report and begin the interactive process with an ALA staff person. Students may also be asked to provide supporting documentation from an individual qualified to diagnose the disclosed disability.

ALA will then collaborate with college personnel to develop appropriate accommodations that ensure equal access to all programs, activities, and services at TSTC.

ALA also coordinates with community assistance programs and serves as the liaison for Texas Workforce Solutions.

To make contact with the ALA office, please email or a representative from your campus.

If you need to make a request for accommodations for a special event, please contact ALA at least one full week in advance.

Access and Learning Accommodations
We partner with several high schools across Texas to provide premium technical dual enrollment opportunities for you. Our partnerships with school districts help to fill the workforce needs of Texas. We are committed to these partnerships; together, we provide you with strong options for their future.

Check out our DE Pathways

Whether you're into science, technology, engineering, art or math, we've got something for you. Here's a list of our current DE Pathways. Be sure to check with your counselor about which pathways are available at your school.

Important Dates

Be sure to check out the list of important dates so you don’t miss any deadlines.

We want you to be able to take the courses you need to complete your dual enrollment pathway.

Upcoming dates
Fall 2022
August 29, 2022
First Class Day Fall ’22 Semester
September 05, 2022
Student and Staff Holiday
September 13, 2022
Official Census Date (11th22 Class Day)
October 17, 2022
Registration Begins Spring ‘23 (Returning Students)
October 21, 2022
Mid-Term Grades Due
November 11, 2022
Last Day to Drop with a “W”
November 14, 2022
Registration Begins Spring ’23 (New Students)
November 24 - 25, 2022
Student and Staff Holiday
December 2, 2022
All Student Applications/Documents Due for Spring ‘23
December 06, 2022
Final Exams Begin
December 09, 2022
End of Fall ’22 Semester
December 12, 2022
All Final Grades Due by 10:00 a.m.
December 16, 2022
New Partnership Inquiry Deadline (Letter of Intent Submission)
Spring 2023
January 9, 2023
First Day of Spring ‘22 Semester
January 16, 2023
Student and Staff Holiday
January 17, 2022
MOU Distribution Begins
January 24, 2023
Official Census Date (11th Class Day)
February 6, 2022
ISD Billing Begins
March 3, 2022
Mid-Term Grades Due Spring ‘22
March 10, 2022
Final Date to Return 2022 - 2023 MOU
To Be Determined
Spring Break Week (May vary per campus)
March 20, 2022
Early Registration Begins Fall ‘23 (Returning Students only)
March 31, 2022
Last Day to Drop with a “W”
April 7, 2022
New DE Instructor Deadline
(Application/Documents Submitted to College)
Offsite DE Facilities Approval Deadline
April 10, 2022
Fall ‘22 Registration Begins for New Students
April 28, 2022
End of Semester (Classes may continue beyond this date as scheduled, e.g., Saturday classes)
May 1, 2022
All Final Grades Due by 10:00 a.m.
July 3, 2022
All Student Applications/ Documents Due for Fall ‘23

Get ready for the performance of your career.

Performance-Based Education, or PBE, is the name of TSTC’s course-based Competency-Based Education (CBE) initiative. This modality will help you to focus on mastery of specified industry skills or competencies. It is often self-directed and is conducted either fully online or in a blended learning environment that flips traditional lecture to online and places the emphasis on hands-on learning in a technical lab environment.

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Want to continue at TSTC after you graduate high school?

Good news: you don’t need to re-apply.


  • Notify your Dual Enrollment Representative. They will send you a Change of Major form, transitioning you from a Dual Enrollment student to a Traditional Student.
  • Submit your official high school transcript, bacterial meningitis vaccination record, and TSI scores to your Student Resource Coach.
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And the best part–you’ll already be ahead in your program. That means you can graduate sooner and start on a career you’ll love.

So what are you waiting for?

Contact your high school counselor to find out about program options in your area and help you decide whether Dual Enrollment at TSTC is right for you.

Apply for Dual Enrollment
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