Dual Credit


Dual Credit is a program for high school Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to take college courses while in high school and receive credits for both high school graduation and a college degree. Dual Credit students could earn more than 40 hours of college credit by the time they graduate from high school.

Benefits of Dual Credit:

  • Seamless transition from high school to college
  • Greater likelihood of success in subsequent collegiate work
  • Greater likelihood of earning a high school diploma and a college degree
  • Reduced cost of enrolling in higher education courses
  • Dual Credit courses are accepted at most Texas institutions of higher education

Steps to Apply

  1. Meet with your high school counselor
  2. Complete Apply Texas Application
  3. Pass TSIA 2.0 - Please visit the Testing Center page for more information on testing and exemptions.
  4. Register for class with your high school counselor
  5. Pay online or over the phone - For questions about costs and payment plan setup, please refer to the Payment

Student Handbook

First 6 Free ECISD Scholarship

You can take your first 2 dual credit classes at Odessa College for FREE and we can’t wait to get you signed up! Talk to your College2Career Coach (C2C) about what opportunities are out there just waiting for you to take them.

Odessa College’s FIRST6FREE FAQ:

  • Students qualify if they attend school in Ector County, homeschool students included.
  • Students who attend OC TECHS do not qualify for First6Free.
  • First6Free covers tuition costs, but not fees.
  • Unlike on-campus courses, online courses do not have fees.
  • First6Free does not cover textbook costs, but most textbook costs are minimal because of the OER initiative.
  • Current dual credit students do not qualify for First6Free, but once a dual credit student graduates from high school, their first course as an OC student will be free (First Class Free Scholarship).
  • There is no application or First6Free. If a high school student applies to OC, the initiative automatically applies.
  • After a dual credit student’s first 6 hours free, dual credit classes at OC are $150 per course. $150 is only the tuition cost.



JR Torrez |Director of Dual Credit and Development | Email: jtorrez@odessa.edu

College Connection Coach Contact:

Sydney Higar | College Connection Coach Extension Areas | Email: shigar@odessa.edu | Phone: 432-335-6478

Angela Disley | College Connection Coach New Tech High School and Middle Schools | Email: adisley@odessa.edu | Phone: 432-335-6339                                         

Amber Sims | College Connection Coach Permian High School | Email: asims@odessa.edu | Phone: 432-335-6877