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  • All new students should complete either the Dual Credit or Early Admit application for admission. A Dual Credit/Early Admit Update form is required if there are any changes to approved coursework or demographic information.

  • The application must be completed in its entirety and signed by the student, parent/guardian and high school counselor or school administrator.

  • Dual Credit and Early Admit applications are available online, through the School Counseling/Guidance Office or the Division of School and Community Initiatives (TTC Main Campus, Building 700, Room 101).

  • Applications and qualifying test scores (see Testing and Assessment below) must be on file with the Division of School and Community Initiatives prior to enrollment in classes.

  • While there is no hard deadline for application submission, students should submit their applications well before the desired term of enrollment. For students taking classes at the high school, applications can be collected by the School Counseling/Guidance Office and submitted to the Division of School and Community Initiatives .

    • For students who submit their admission paperwork late, there are no guarantees that classes will still be available for registration during their desired term of enrollment. These students are encouraged to enroll in the next available term if registration in the desired term is unsuccessful.

    • Seat availability for online classes and classes held at a TTC campus/site are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • For students taking classes at one of TTC’s campuses or online, applications should be submitted by the student to the Division of School and Community Initiatives.

  • Incomplete applications will not be processed and students will not be able to register for classes and obtain a TTC student account until the application is fully processed and entered into TTC’s database.

Testing and Assessment

  • Qualifying college-level test scores must be submitted with the student’s application as a part of the admission process.

  • Students must meet the same requirements for enrollment into an individual course as other college students. Enrollment into most entry-level classes requires proof of academic readiness as indicated on the SAT, ACT or TTC Placement Test. Please see the Test Score Interpretation Chart to review minimum test score requirements for each assessment.

  • The TTC Placement Test is administered at all four TTC campuses. High school students can test twice per semester, free-of-charge.

    • Students should contact Testing Services at the nearest TTC campus to schedule a test appointment. Hours of operation at each campus, test preparation, etc. can be found on the Testing Services page.

    • Some high schools administer the TTC Placement Test at their location. Students should consult with their high school counselor to find out if the test is available at their school and schedule a test appointment.

Impact on High School Records

Student performance in dual credit courses will directly affect high school records and graduation requirements. In accordance with SC state policy, students will earn one unit toward the high school diploma for each 3-credit hour college course they successfully complete.

South Carolina school districts are required to enter the earned numeric grade for each student to the respective high school or home school association at the end of each semester. Upon receipt of the official documentation from the college, each institution will award final grades according to the applicable grading scales. 

TTC Grading Scale SC Uniform Grading Scale
A     91-100 A     90-100
B     81-90 B     80-89
C     71-80 C     70-79
D     65-70 D     60-69
F     Below 65 F     Below 60

PLEASE NOTE: It is possible for students to receive two different letter grades for the same course. For example, in accordance with the appropriate grading scales, a grade of 90 will be reflected on the student’s TTC transcript as a B and on the high school transcript as a 90/A.

Approved Courses

Students interested in the Dual Credit/Early Admit programs are allowed to take any college-level course offered at TTC as long as the student meets the prerequisite requirements and receives approval from the high school/home school association to take the course(s).

Most college-level courses are available to dual credit students. The following courses are not permitted for dual enrollment:

  • Courses that cannot be applied to an associate or baccalaureate degree (non-degree)

  • Courses in programs with special admission and/or age-specific requirements

  • Developmental studies (031, 032) and bridge courses (100 and some 101 courses)

Some of these courses may be acceptable for the Early Admit program – students should contact the Division of School and Community Initiatives with questions regarding approved coursework.


High School Location

  • Students who are interested in taking TTC classes offered at their high school should register for their courses with their high school counselor during their normal high school registration period.

  • The School Counseling/Guidance Office should submit class rosters to the Division of School and Community Initiatives prior the start of the TTC semester. Rosters will then be reviewed for eligibility verification and registration.

TTC Campus/Site Location or Online

  • Students who are interested in taking classes at a TTC campus or online should contact the Division of School and Community Initiatives to register.


  • The Drop/Add period for a TTC course is the first five days of a full semester (14-week) class and the first three days of a Term 1 or Term 2 (7-week) class.

Students can drop or add a class offered at TTC or online through theDivision of School and Community Initiatives.

    • Students can add a traditional (in-classroom) course if it has not met yet or if a student is switching sections of the same course.

    • Students can add online courses during normal business hours through the first day of Drop/Add. Staff in the Division of School and Community Initiatives will not be able to assist outside of normal business hours.

  • Students can drop or add a class offered at their high school through their high school counselor. It is the student’s and school counselor’s responsibility to ensure that the Division of School and Community Initiatives is notified if he or she drops from a TTC class offered at the high school.


  • Withdrawing from courses after the Drop/Add period will result in a “W” on the college transcript. School counselors should strongly encourage all students to meet with them prior to contacting the Division of School and Community Initiatives to withdraw.

  • Students and parents should be made aware of the potential effect of a withdrawal on the student’s high school transcript according to the SC Uniform Grading policy.

  • Students will still be responsible for tuition costs of the courses from which they withdraw, unless otherwise directed by their high schools.


  • Students are responsible for purchasing their textbooks unless otherwise directed by their high school counselor or administrator.

  • Textbooks can be purchased from the TTC Bookstore at the Berkeley (Moncks Corner), Main (North Charleston) or Palmer (downtown) campuses.

  • Students who qualify for subsidized lunch are eligible for a $50 credit per course toward textbook costs.

    • The Division of School and Community Initiatives will work with high school administration to provide textbooks to these students taking their TTC classes at the high schools.

    • Students taking classes at TTC or online must contact the Division of School and Community Initiatives to schedule a day and time to pick up their textbooks prior to the start of their classes.

Tuition and Fees

  • Students who participate in the Dual Credit or Early Admit programs are responsible for the cost of their tuition unless otherwise directed by the high school.

  • Tuition is due before the end of the semester in which a student is enrolled. Payment can be made online through the student’s my.tridenttech.edu portal account or at the Business office at any campus.

  • Need-based scholarships may be available to high school students enrolled in at least six credit-hours per semester who qualify for free- or reduced-lunch programs and maintain a college GPA of 2.0 or higher. Scholarships are not available for repeated courses. Verification of a student’s free-or reduced-lunch status must be provided by the school counselor or school administrator. Need-based scholarships will include all tuition and fees in excess of Lottery Tuition Assistance and a $50 credit per course for students who need textbooks.

  • SC Lottery Tuition Assistance is available to students who meet the following qualifications:

    • Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours within the same semester.

    • Must have lived in SC for 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment (Students with out-of-state residency can appeal their residency status by contacting the Residency Coordinator in Admissions at 843.574.6850).

International Students

International high school students may be able to participate in the Dual Credit or Early Admit programs, depending on their legal status in the U.S. However, these students may be charged out-of-state tuition costs, which can be higher than the normal rate for in-state, tri-county residents. Additionally, these students may not qualify for the eligible forms of financial assistance (SC Lottery, need-based scholarship) provided to qualified high school students.

For more information, please see the International Students page or contact the International Admissions Coordinator in the Admissions Office at 843.574.6921.