SBTCE POLICY 3-2-101 OPEN ADMISSIONS; SBTCE POLICY 3-2-103 MINIMUM AGE FOR ADMISSION
PURPOSE: To explain the admissions process for Trident Technical College's (TTC) Dual Credit and Early Admit Programs.
TTC may grant early admission to high school students in grades 9-12, with the written approval of the high school principal or school counselor, or school district administrator, or authorized educational agency with jurisdiction for a home school program.
High school applicants must demonstrate academic preparedness by providing qualifying scores on the SAT, ACT or College Board's ACCUPLACER examinations for placement into courses. Entry-level placement test score requirements are subject to change and current score requirements are available on the College website on the Admissions Requirement web page and the TTC Catalog.
For ACCUPLACER, students have a maximum of three testing attempts per test section (Writing, Reading Comprehension, and Math) per 12-month period. This maximum number of attempts applies no matter the testing location (high school or TTC campus/site). Once the maximum limit is reached for the 12-month period that particular section of the test will not open for testing. Therefore, a student cannot reach the maximum number of attempts at the high school and then attempt testing again on a TTC campus. For special circumstances, a student can appeal to TTC’s Division of School and Community Initiatives for permission for a fourth attempt. If approved, this attempt must be taken on a TTC campus.
- DUAL CREDIT PROGRAM
High school students in grades 9-12 completing courses as part of the Dual Credit program earn both high school and college credit.
- Dual credit students receive college credit for courses completed at TTC on an official college transcript and one unit of high school credit for a three credit hour college course that applies toward the required units of credit for a South Carolina high school diploma.
- For the most part, dual credit opportunities are limited to junior and senior students. Exceptions may be made for freshman or sophomore students at the request of the high school or the governing home school association. When exceptions are made for younger students, documentation of the student's exceptional ability to undertake college-level coursework must be provided by the school and retained in the student's college file.
- To apply as a Dual Credit student, an applicant must complete the Dual Credit application signed by the high school principal or guidance counselor or authorized education agency with jurisdiction over a home school program indicating the specific TTC courses for the student's enrollment.
- Dual Credit students who are South Carolina residents and enroll in at least six college credit hours in one semester may be eligible for Lottery Tuition Assistance.
- EARLY ADMIT PROGRAM
High school juniors and seniors completing courses as part of the Early Admit program receive college credit for the courses on a TTC transcript.
- Courses taken as part of the Early Admit program do not affect a student's high school records.
- To apply as an Early Admit, an applicant must complete the Early Admit application and obtain the signature of either the high school principal or school counselor or authorized education agency with jurisdiction over a home school program before submitting the application to TTC's Division of School and Community Initiatives.
- Early Admit students who are South Carolina residents and enroll in at least six college credit hours in one semester may be eligible for Lottery Tuition Assistance.
The Registrar's Office will maintain the application and documentation for Dual Credit and Early Admit students in each student's permanent file.