Starting this fall, Round Rock ISD students will be able to pursue associate degrees free of charge through a new partnership with Austin Community College.

What you need to know

Through a partnership announced Feb. 23, students at all RRISD high schools will be able to combine courses taken through the district with those offered at ACC to earn the 42 core credits comprising an associate degree. The program is similar to that offered through the district's Early College High School.

About the program

The initiative is similar to that which allowed the district to create its ECHS program in 2016, allowing students to begin working on their college degree while in high school.

"By offering free associate degrees alongside their high school diplomas, we’re not only alleviating financial burdens but also empowering our students to reach higher and achieve more," Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez said.

This pathway to a degree will include the following courses, according to the district:
  • Advanced Placement
  • International Baccalaureate
  • OnRamps
  • Dual credit
  • ACC courses