Enrolling in High School and College Simultaneously
It may seem unrealistic to some, but if they can handle the workload, high schoolers can start taking their basic college courses without having to attend classes on campus. In the United States, more than one million high school students have taken at least one higher education class, either online or on a college campus. The classes can be taken during the summer or concurrently with other courses during the school year. The benefits are plentiful too:
Cuts College Costs: Through a dual credit program, teens can concurrently enroll in high school and college. In some states, the college costs are covered in full, while it others students have to pay for textbooks and tuition. In Iowa, for instance, the class if free if the student passes.1 Advocates of this program agree that the dual credit program builds a teen’s confidence while giving them a first-hand look at the work that is expected in college.
Leads to College Success: Depending on where and what is being studied, students who are enrolled in college early are more likely to succeed in their higher education studies. They begin more determined at earning their degree and earn higher grades.2 Starting earlier also helps teens get a sense of what is expected in a college classroom.
Broadens Students’ Horizons: Online college classes, whether they are traditional or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), can give students an idea of what they want to study and pursue in life. They can discover their passions and become more knowledgeable about a range of topics.
Strengthens Skills: Pre-college classes also help teens build important skills such as stronger writing, problem-solving abilities, good study habits and time management.