Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie offers a dual credit program allowing high school students to acquire up to 42 transferable credit hours while completing their high school diploma.

The program has been active since January 2007 and is available to all high school junior and senior students, whether home schooled or attending an accredited high school facility.

“Our dual credit classes are different from other dual credit courses in that they are college level courses that count for high school credit – not high school courses that count for college credit,” Christina Freeze, public relations coordinator, said.

Dual credit students must complete six required courses: English – composition and rhetoric 1 and 2, introduction to literature; religion – New Testament literature and Old Testament literature; social science – national and state government. Once those requirements are met, any other general education or Bible core classes may be taken with the exception of upper level courses and with a maximum of two courses per semester.

All coursework is completed online through the School of Distance Education with no need for students to attend classes on campus. High school students receive a 50-percent tuition discount to reduce overall college costs and dual credit classes reduce the amount of coursework duplicated between high school and college, according to the university’s website. The cost for each class would be $742.50, which represents half of the regular tuition rate, Freeze said. The program allows students to reduce the time it takes to complete an undergraduate degree, thereby reducing the cost of their college education.

Through the web-based course delivery, students receive online lectures and visual aids for courses taught by qualified university professors as well as communication tools for networking with professors and peers. Students also have access to the Nelson Memorial Library and career services.

Courses must be approved by the high school accrediting body to have college-level work count as high school credit.

“SAGU will assess whether the student will continue in the dual credit program based on his or her performance after the first semester. However, the students tend to do very well in the program. Students who enroll in our dual credit program will not only receive college credit, but will be more prepared for college-level work than the average incoming college freshman,” George Taylor, director of admissions and promotions SAGU School of Distance Education, said.

Qualified students may apply to SAGU’s early admissions program and register at SAGU to access online course materials. Students may apply by completing parts A and B of the undergraduate admissions application and turning in a minister’s reference as well as a personal essay, Freeze said. No SAT or ACT scores are required. Course work counts toward high school graduation and toward a college degree.

For additional information about the Southwestern Assemblies of God University dual credit program, call 1-888-YES-SAGU or email INFO@SAGU.edu. Learn more about the program by visiting http://www.sagu.edu/admissions/dual-credit-admissions.

Contact Rebecca at rebecca.hertz@wninews.com or call 469-517-1451.