Monday, March 13, 2017
Financial Aid for Dual Enrollment
There is a lot of discussion of this issue on home-school mailing lists, since community colleges are often the most affordable way to teach advanced classes to home school students (online courses from private vendors are often ridiculously high prices).
Making dual-enrollment eligible for financial aid only helps if financial aid doesn't time out (as so much of it does).
I am less clear about how it works for home schooled kids.
Now when I did it, in a previous millenium, my family paid the tuition -- but I also didn't get any HS credit for the class. No big deal, because I didn't need them, but the whole deal was done as a one-off. I just got excused from school. Definitely a big deal regarding senioritis!
That being said we have a few unique things about our school. First, we're a charter, so we have more control over our money. Second, we're a title 1 school and I know we have extra funding that way too. Last year my principal said that we spent about 90,000 on college classes and textbooks.
Also, since I'm used to getting a lot of pushback for working at a charter whenever I pipe up in educational arenas.....I'm one of the Special Ed teachers at our school (our % of SPED matches our local district) and even our students with disabilities meet the 5 class requirement (sometimes with advisory, remedial or vocational courses). The only exceptions are our students with the most significant disabilities (about 1-2 students per year who are on a totally different plan).
That was really interesting, although it is legally impossible in my state. HS students have to pass the college placement exam into "college level" classes before they can dual enroll. We can't teach developmental classes to HS students. Vocational classes would still be possible, as long as they weren't AS degrees. I think all of our AS degrees require college-level english and math (at the lowest college level). Certificates in Drafting or Welding would be OK, however.
It definitely varies from state to state. Maybe even in the same state a decade earlier when I did it. I don't think our school district or state had a standard policy at that time. I was the only kid in a VERY large high school class that did this, and we produced at least one other physics PhD. Quite a few others would have done dual enrollment if it had been the norm.
Anonymous@10:42PM reminds me that I know of (through a relative) a CC where they actually teach some HS classes so they can capture 100% of the per-pupil money while the kids take other classes at the college. They don't teach college classes in the HS, they teach HS classes at the college. Sort of like a charter.