Trinity Valley Community College


Eligibility & Costs
Posted: 11/7/2016 7:58:41 AM
Learn about student eligibility, tuition and textbooks

Who Can Enroll

High school students may enroll in dual credit courses:
  • 9th and 10th grade students may enroll after meeting certain eligibility and admission requirements, including a face-to-face interview
  • 11th and 12th grade students may enroll after meeting TVCC admission requirements 
  • Received permission from their parent/guardian and high school counselor and completed the Dual Credit Form. (TVCC Dual Credit/Concurrent Registration Form
  • Completed all TVCC admissions requirements and prerequisites for courses you wish to take. 
  • Comply with Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Program 
  • Take any required placement tests prior to enrollment or submitted acceptable exemption scores on the ACT, PLAN, PSAT, SAT, or STAAR. TVCC Testing Center


The cost for dual credit students depends on where they live. Tuition is waived for all dual credit students for up to 2 courses per semester. However, fees differ for in-district and out-of-district students. Please see the list below to determine which high schools are in or out of the TVCC taxpaying district and refer to the Dual Credit Enrollment Costs schedule to determine dual credit enrollment costs.

In-District Schools:  Athens, Athens ECHS-Pinnacle, Athens Christian Preparatory, Brownsboro, Crandall, Cross Roads, Eustace, Frankston, Kaufman, Kemp, LaPoynor, Mabank, Malakoff, Poetry Community Christian, Scurry-Rosser, Terrell, and Trinidad.

Out-of-District Schools:  Canton, Cayuga, Edgewood, Elkhart, Forney, North Forney, Fruitvale, Martins Mill, Neches, Rains, Slocum, Westwood, and Wills Point.


Who pays for dual credit courses?

That depends. Several options exist. Students may pay all associated costs, while some school districts pay all or part of their students’ tuition. High schools are not required to pay the college tuition or fees for dual credit courses, so students should check with their high school counselor to be certain what fees will be incurred by the student.

If you would like to pay for dual credit courses, you may do so online with a credit card, through a payment plan, or face-to-face.  Online Payment Instructions
Textbooks and Course Materials

Students are required to pay for their own textbooks and supplies. The cost varies per course, but students should expect the average price a new book to be $150. Students may recoup some of their textbook costs by participating in the college bookstore's buyback program at the end of each semester.

It is the student's responsibility to go the bookstore website to determine what books and/or access codes are required for their courses.  Students may also physically go to one of the bookstore locations, call the bookstore for information, log into their Cardinal Connection account, or look at the online course syllabus to determine required materials for the course.
TVCC has bookstores located on each of its campuses as well as an online store, so that students may purchase their textbooks and any other materials they may need for their courses. The bookstore selects textbooks from a list submitted by the instructors for all courses offered. To find the correct materials for your class, you need to have the name and number of the course in which you are registered. 

TVCC Bookstore Policies

  • Keep receipt 
  • No refund or exchange is given without a cash register receipt.


  • A full refund is given if textbooks are returned by the 10th class day of fall or spring semesters and the 3rd class day of summer or short terms. 
  • An 80% refund is given for sellable books (written in or soiled).
  • No re-fund is given for unsellable books.


  •  Defective textbooks will be exchanged within 5 days of purchase.

         Textbook Buy Back

  • Used books are bought from students at the end of each semester (during final exams) for courses which will be offered the following semester. Up to 50% of the purchase price is given for sellable books. 
  • To sell your books, you must furnish a current TVCC student I.D. 
  • The Bookstore may refuse to buy textbooks at any time and for any reason.
TVCC Bookstore