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A new education report shows the value in dual credit programs

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INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — A new report from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education shows students who earn college credit while in high school are more likely to enroll in college and succeed when they get there. ICHE says getting a head start can also have significant cost savings for families.

The commission just released the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s 2021 Early College Credit Report, which analyzes data and offers recommendations about the state’s early college credit landscape.

“The data continue to tell a powerful story about the value of these early college credit opportunities for Hoosier students and families,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “Students who earn college credit in high school—through dual credit, AP or both—are more likely to pursue education and training after graduation, more likely to be successful in college, and can save thousands of dollars in tuition and fees.”

ICHE says more than 60% of 2018 high school graduates earned college credit in high school through dual credit or Advanced Placement.

Hoosier high school students can earn dual credit for $25 per credit hour or less, according to the commission.

Students who earn college credit in high school saved roughly $82 million in 2018 in potential tuition costs. The commission says dual credit also helped save the state nearly $78 million in appropriations.

To view the report, click here.