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Dual Credit Parents

Parents...How You Can Help?

Discuss Tips for Being a Successful Dual Credit Student with your student!

Prepare them for what to expect

College gives students a tremendous amount of freedom.

No one is monitoring their progress on a daily basis. No one knows whether they’re doing the assignments. Students should be prepared to do most of their learning on their own.

Self-motivation and discipline are important. A general guideline is that for every one hour spent in class, college students should spend two hours out of class reading, studying and completing assignments.

Let them do it on their own

Early College or Dual Credit students are treated no differently than any other Collin College student.

Help your teenagers learn by instilling the message that their academic success depends on their taking responsibility for their own education and behavior.

Communication regarding Collin College students is restricted due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, FERPA. There are no parent-teacher conferences.

College is the time for parents to make the transition from being their child’s primary advocate to becoming a supporter.

Discover all that Collin College has to offer

Support systems are available at Collin College, such as learning labs, free tutoring, career planning, transfer services and computer access, but students must seek out the services, ask for the help and follow through. You can make sure your teenager finds out about all the resources available through Student Services.



The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds the U.S. Department of Education. Dual Credit students fall under this FERPA law.

Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. All College instructors and staff are required to follow FERPA regulations and release of dual credit student educational information, even to the parent, violates federal law.

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