SOURCE: stateu

January 28, 2010 08:00 ET

State Funding Provides Free Online Dual Credit Courses to High School Students

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - January 28, 2010) - Texas Governor Rick Perry announced recently the expansion of the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) to improve access to high quality courses for high school students. The Texas Virtual School Network, created by the state legislature in 2007 and expanded in 2009, also gives students the opportunity to get a jump start on college by taking free online dual credit courses.

The enrollment process for free online dual credit courses is an easy, step-by-step process. The Texas Education Agency has approved the course offerings, most of which are classes that colleges require at the "freshman" or first year level. By taking just a few free online college courses while still in high school, families of college-bound students will gain a substantial savings in the total cost of a student's college degree.

Because the courses are offered online, students who live in small, rural districts, crowded inner-city districts, or anywhere in between all have access to the same, high-quality college courses -- all at no tuition cost. Several community colleges, junior colleges, and even two state universities have agreed to provide online dual credit courses to students for free. College credit earned at either of the state universities is guaranteed transferability to any state university in Texas.

Currently, more than 72 districts across Texas have high school students enrolled in classes, and nearly 300 districts have indicated their intent to participate. Unlike a traditional school calendar, classes are available in either 8-week or 15-week formats, and start at various times throughout the year. Parents and administrators can find out the next start dates by visiting the website of the Texas Virtual School Network ( or the websites of the institutions offering the free online dual credit courses.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Anna Martinez
    Phone: 214-438-4155