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Earning College Credit in High School Saves Time, Money

February 21, 2020
by Brady Shultz

Maysville, KY - Kentucky's dual credit college tuition program – which allows students to start earning college credits while they are still in high school – is providing a path to college or work while saving Kentuckians millions of dollars. Last year alone, Kentucky families saved $18 million through dual credit scholarships, which are offered by the state.

"Kentucky's dual credit scholarship program is not only saving students and their families money, but it also provides an easier path to college, and ultimately, career opportunities," Stephen Vacik, President of Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) said. "Dual credit is one of the most cost-effective education programs available in Kentucky. We are grateful to our legislators for creating this scholarship."

This school year, approximately 1500 high school students from the MCTC service area have enrolled in dual-credit courses, which is part of the commitment to raise college attainment in the community as well as expanding access to career options and placing graduates in the workforce at faster rate than in the past.

MCTC Dual Credit Grads 2019During the spring 2019 graduation ceremony the college welcomed four dual-credit graduates who had simultaneously earned an Associate Degree along with their high school diploma and were able to join their fellow MCTC graduates at commencement.

Pictured to Left: Sarah Grayson (Mason County High School), Emily Thurman (MCTC Director of Enrollment Management/Dual Credit Coordinator), Stephen Cordle (Augusta High School), Jenna Ismael and Olivia Villaflor (both from Nicholas County High School)

While dual credit is available through all of Kentucky's public universities, it is particularly popular and successful for students at MCTC and the other 15 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

Over the last five years, KCTCS has nearly doubled the number of dual credit students, and today, 20,000 students are enrolled in a KCTCS college dual-credit program.

Because tuition at MCTC is less than half of the tuition charged by Kentucky's public universities, MCTC students take on significantly less student debt than other college students in the state. Some even graduate from high school with certificates or an associate degree through the dual credit program.

According to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, dual credit has been linked to higher student GPA's and has a positive impact for minority, low income and academically unprepared students who benefit from being exposed to college courses while still in high school.

To learn more, visit maysville.kctcs.edu.