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Implications of Beginning a College Transcript

All students enrolling in college coursework for the first time should understand the implications of beginning a college transcript. Low or failing grades earned while still of high-school age can have a permanent impact on a student's academic future, putting their academic standing and future financial aid eligibility in jeopardy. All students should have a general understanding of the transferability of the college credits earned while in high school.

For Students Planning to Continue Their Education at TC3


Academic Standing

CollegeNow students begin their TC3 college transcript when they enroll in any TC3 credit-bearing course. Students who earn at least 12 credits at TC3 must abide by the College's rules of academic standards. Academic standing is based on a student's grade point average (GPA) and the ratio of credits earned to credits attempted. It is possible for a matriculated TC3 student to be placed on Academic Probation upon beginning a degree program due to a low GPA or low credit ratio from courses taken while in high school.

Visit TC3's Academic Standards webpage for a comprehensive evplanation.

Future Financial Aid Eligibility

High school students should be aware that a low GPA, low credit ratio, or taking too many unrequired courses can negatively impact their future financial aid eligibility.

  • A student's GPA is used in determining eligibility for merit-based scholarships.
  • A student with a low ratio of credits earned to credits attempted may lose federal financial aid eligibility. Dropped courses do not appear on the student's transcript; however, courses a student withdraws from do appear on the transcript and count as "credits attempted." TC3's Academic Requirements for Financial Aid are similar to those in place at most colleges as many standards are mandates for federal aid programs such as Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study, and Perkins and Direct Loans.
  • Students planning to attend TC3 for college should seriously consider their career paths when selecting courses to take while still in high school. Accruing too many unrequired credits could negatively impact a student's long-term financial aid eligibility.

For All Students Taking College Credit while in High School


Transfer of Credits

The vast majority of colleges and universities - about 90 percent - accept college credit earned in high school. However, most will not accept credit for coursework when the student earned a grade below C.

At TC3, many degree programs require a C or better in major-required courses or those that act as prerequisites for higher-level courses. Learn more about Transferring Your TC3 Credit.

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