Washington Superintendent wants to reduce the cost of college credit classes for all students

OLYMPIA, Wash.– The Washington State Superintendent says he plans to make it easier for all students to get college or trade school credit before they’ve even graduated high school.

Superintendent Chris Reykdal is proposing a plan that allows students to earn both high school and college credit at the same time — at no additional cost.

“Virtually all of our students have a post-secondary ambition, there is no question that that is the key to their success. Not all of them want to go to college, but at least some sort of technical program or apprenticeship, so the ambition is there,” Superintendent Reykdal said.

Reykdal says he wants to remove financial barriers that students and their families may face when they consider enrolling in dual credit or AP classes.

“This program consistently serves students quite well who have resources, and families’ students, families’ caregivers who struggle financially are much less likely to have students who participate,” Reykdal said.

He says he wants to change how many currently struggle to participate in these courses, and is requesting funding from the state legislature, specifically $99 million.

That money will go towards fees that students and their families pay out of pocket just to try and get ahead. Some of those costs for these dual credit programs add up to $3000 out of pocket. Reykdal says he hopes to reduce these fees so even more students will participate.

“We are proposing that volume can make up for the reduced fee in order for the legislature to save a little money and they pick up the cost of this tab”, he said.

Reykdal said he wants higher education to be an option for all students that want it.

The superintendent added these programs to reduce the overall cost of college, by helping students reduce their time. They can also increase high school graduation rates and college enrollment rates. Now, it’s up to the state legislature to decide to help with funding.

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