New Scholarship Program, Lower Tuition Making Dual Credit More Accessible
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Sunday, August 14, 2016
Dual Credit Costs Drop

Beginning this fall, college courses at Kentucky universities will be even more accessible for high school students.

The Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program allocates $7.5 million for the 2016-2017 school year to all school districts across Kentucky for any high school senior to earn dual credit for up to two courses, at no cost to the student. An additional $7.5 million is allocated for the following school year. The new program will be administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

Local school districts will apply for the scholarships for each eligible senior and course. An amount has been reserved for each high school for dual credit scholarships based on each school’s proportion of high school seniors. The Kentucky Department of Education estimates that there will be nearly 46,400 seniors in the class of 2017 statewide. The tuition rates for three credit hours at KCTCS institutions is now $156 for three credit hours. The Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program, announced by Governor Matt Bevin, provides a tuition scholarship providing high school seniors with up to two dual credit courses at no cost to them. The new rate for dual credit courses will be $52 per credit hour. The opportunities will make dual credit even more accessible for high school students throughout the state.

Dual Credit allows students to earn high school and college credit for the same course simultaneously. These courses may be taught on the high school or college campus, or online.  Dual credit provides an affordable, convenient opportunity for high school students to not only prepare for college, but actually earn college credit while still in high school. Between the decrease in tuition and the new scholarship program, the dual credit program at Todd County Central High School will benefit and be accessible to more students.

According to an Executive Order from the Governor’s Office, the goal for the scholarship initiative is for high school students to graduate with at least nine hours of postsecondary credit and to “increase the education and skill level of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s workforce and its workforce participation rate.”

High school seniors who enroll in a dual credit course with will qualify for a scholarship that covers tuition for up to two classes per academic year. Students can use the scholarship for up to nine hours throughout their high school years. The reduced tuition rate will apply to all students taking dual credit courses, including seniors who want to take more than two courses during their senior year.