Itís not too early for parents and students to think about college. In fact, itís not too early for students to start earning credits toward a college education.

On Monday, May 5, high school juniors and seniors (and their parents) can learn about earning college credits while concurrently working toward their high school diplomas during Del Mar Collegeí Dual Credit Night.

The free event begins at 6 p.m. in Room 106 in the DMC Center for Economic Development at 3209 S. Staples. For more information, contact Patricia Dominguez, Director of Early College Programs, at 361-698-2424 or dualcredit@delmar.edu. More information about the program is also available at www.delmar.edu/dualcredit.

The DMC Dual Credit program is specifically designed to provide a cost effective dual credit option for Coastal Bend secondary school partners. The program ensures that students, administrators and school districts are afforded access to the educational value DMC has offered for over 75 years.

Students can earn up to 24 hours of college credit by the time they graduate from high school while saving money, too.

The Del Mar College Board of Regents approved lowering the cost to $99 per three-hour credit course beginning with the fall 2014 semester. The new fee structure applies no matter where high school students live within or outside the Collegeís district.

During Dual Credit Night, College representatives will provide information about the one-price tuition plan, admissions, available courses, credits toward certificates and degrees, transferability and free tutoring through various departments. Participants also will learn about some of the over 200 transfer, occupational and technical programs available at Del Mar College, along with financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Additionally, eligible high school students have access to the Collegeís facilities and services, including campus libraries and online library resources, computer labs, academic and other student support services. And depending on the program at their high school, students may take college-level courses at their own school, on one of the Collegeís campuses or online.

Dual Credit at Del Mar College Ö itís a great start toward the future.