ONE WAY TO REDUCE FUTURE COLLEGE COST
Could you share this information with your readers?
High School Dual Enrollment (Running Start, etc.)
For those parents who have High School age children and are not aware of the option of having their High School children take College level classes for College Credits while in High School. Some States call the Program Dual Enrollment, while others call their program Running Start or various other names. I observed that the Guidance Couselors at many of our Children’s High Schools are not making this option available to African American Students or try to dissuade them from participating in programs like these, which can significantly reduce the overall University Tuition Cost, which keeps rising every year. I am amazed at how few parents are aware of this program and how few African American children participate in these programs.
If the opportunity exists in your State, please take a look at Dual Enrollment (DE) program, where your High School kids can take college level classes at a local Community College or other state Universities. They can potentially complete ALL their prerequisites (~60 credits) for your College Major by the time you complete High School. In most States, the Tuition, Fees and Books are completely free to the High School Student, essentially paving the way for your child to complete their Undergraduate Degree by the time they are 20-years old and only having to pay for two-years of College/University. IMHO, it is best to do Dual Enrollment as oppose to Advanced Placement (AP) classes, since most Colleges/Universities will only accept a score of 3 or better in AP Courses, while a C or better earned through Dual Enrollment will transfer to most, if not all, colleges/universities.
In some States (example, Florida), you can spend your final year of High School on Campus (Early Admission) at one of your local Community Colleges and not attend high school. You end up getting both High School credits and College credits through the Dual Enrollment process….a win-win proposition in my book. Dual Enrollment is the best deal for High School Students who meet the requirements (have an unweighted GPA of 3.0 and pass the College entrance Test) for the DE program. Who wouldn’t want two years of their College Education paid for by the State/Local School Board? This is worth anywhere from $20K – $60K or more!!
Finally, there are aspects of the DE program where you can attend specialized High Schools for your Junior and Senior Year as part of the Dual Enrollment program and receive an AA or AS at the end of the two years (very competitive program to get into). Most of these programs are actually co-located on the University of Community College Campus.
Would love to hear your feedback or provide any information you might have on other opportunities that exist for reducing College cost for our children.