Our generation loves to get things fast and cheap, and we all know how long and expensive college can be. Why not make it easier and a little bit cheaper to graduate early by starting college while in high school? This might seem hard, but 1.4 million students do this every year in dual credit classes.
While every student and parent knows college can be expensive, dual credit is a cheaper solution. The average cost of tuition in the 2017–2018 school year was $34,740 at private colleges, $9,970 for public colleges and $25,620 for out-of-state public colleges. Dual credit classes cost as low as $75 per class. Schools like Henderson offer nine classes with everything from history to welding. Making it to where you can get your basics out of the way at a fraction of the cost.
Students can start accumulating college credits, helping them graduate on time or even early. If students graduate in three years instead of the expected four, then they will save approximately $42,419 at a private university or $18,943 at a public in-state university. In addition to saving on tuition, students who graduate early can begin earning early. Instead of spending tuition money in what could have been their senior year of college, early graduates can begin earning an income to help pay for things, such as student loans and food. This makes the college experience easier on everyone.
Dual enrollment gives students an idea of what full-time college coursework looks like. By trying out a few classes while still in high school, students see what college is like, better preparing them for college, lowering the stress of school. According to a mental health study by the Associated Press, eight out of ten college students say they experience stress in their day to day lives. By seeing what college life looks like while still in high school, students can better prepare themselves mentally.
While some people have the concern of spending the time and money on dual credit and then the college a student attends will not accept the credits. However, Texas law requires public universities to accept credits for core classes while private schools or out of state schools may or may not. Any school that would credits from a junior college like KC will accept dual enrollment credits. In other words, getting your basics out of the way in high school through dual enrollment is just like getting them at a junior college.
All in all, being able to take college classes can help out in tremendous ways, making things cheaper and faster.