Eliminate dual-credit or raise tuition to continue the program?
Dual credit is free to high school students, but school districts pay the Alamo Colleges $100 per class section.
Dual credit allows high school students to graduate with college credit at no cost.
But some see this as lost revenue for the college district.
That’s important to note when trustees start talking about raising tuition at the Alamo Colleges.
The district also offered free tuition in its summer momentum plan for students who complete a set number of hours in the fall and spring semesters.
Students of the hugely popular early college high schools don’t pay tuition either and yet they can graduate in four years with a high school diploma and an associate degree.
It seems the only ones paying tuition are native students, who enrolled directly in the Alamo Colleges.
Ask students about balancing the high school programs without raising tuition for native students.
As for college students, every dollar helps while in school.
It can go toward gas, food or supplies for classes.
So, raising tuition will only make it more difficult and expensive to continue school.
Native students’ financial health should not be put in jeopardy by making them shoulder the burden for high school advancements.