Do your high schools have programs to help students pay for college or concurrent enrollment? As a teacher who started my adult life in debt, I’d really love to help students keep from having the same experience. Just curious about what kinds of programs are out there to point students toward!

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Advise to ANY TEEN. Get a part time job. Begin college at a community college, and transfer. Don't take unnecessary classes. Seriously consider the trades. Don't go for a dead-end major (sorry, but some majors really are useless).


I have to say, I agree with you. I've seen a lot of people go to college because it was the "right thing to do," only to end up with a dead-end degree. Not worth it, especially with all of the debt they end up with. That's one reason why I'm so passionate about this.


In MN we have something called College in the Schools (CIS). Kids in usually 11th and 12th grades can take CIS classes where they actually enroll in the college offering the class, earn college credit, and get a college transcript—all for free. CIS classes are taught by highly qualified and trained high school staff, so the kids don’t have to leave school and they know their “professors.” We have had some kids earn 1 1/2 years of college credits while in high school. It can be taxing; one kid I know now has CIS Chemistry, Poly Sci, and College Writing, plus two high school classes. (We only let excellent students take that load.) But right there are 11 college credits they will finish.

In addition, MN has Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities (PSEO), where excellent high school students can enroll at a college that accepts them, take classes, and it’s free. Some colleges won’t offer PSEO, and it might mean the kid misses out on the high school experience. It works for some.

While community college isn’t free in MN, it is a whole lot cheaper and some kids get their some of their generals out of the way at cc before going to a four-year school.


It can be super valuable, but it may be a problem as well. If a kid gets a poor grade, it’s on their college transcript. The kids have to be ready for the responsibility.


It’s called Dual Enrollment, students take 1/2 of their classes junior & senior years at the community college & the state (Michigan) pays for it.


We have Dual Enrollment in GA. So many students were taking advantage of it, we had to limit it to juniors and seniors. GA pays for all classes.

It’s a double edged sword. I have students that think dual enrollment is the best thing ever, and I’ve had an equal number who feel like it did damage to them and their education.


Our community colleges are free.


Awesome, and can students start while they're still in high school?

Duel enrollment. In Mass if you go to a community college for 2 years you then pretty much can get in to a state college - this path saves money.

I work at an Early College/Middle College high school. Our students begin taking college-level undergrad courses from the 9th grade. Many (80% or more) graduate with an AA degree (sometimes 2), STEM Certification, and their high school diploma. We are fully immersed on a community college campus. They are taking both college and high school classes mixed throughout the day. It's pretty awesome.

Students pay $14 a year (a total of $56 by the time they graduate) in student fees which gives them access to the college student union, various college resources and perks, including tutoring, scholarships, etc. And most of those fees can be waived if students don't want to take advantage of those resources. We provide them with all books and required materials, so no actual tuition and book fees for students.

It definitely isn't a standard "high school" experience and is not for everyone. They grow up fast and sometimes feel like they are missing out on being a teenager. There are many programs similar to ours throughout the US.

It sounds great, but I agree kids miss out on the whole teenager/high school experience. It’s not for everyone, with maturity needed the most. OTOH, I’ve had bright, motivated kids who were really poor use it to get as much college paid for as possible. They have talked in MN about kids getting an AA degree before graduation, but I think I’d rather see a program geared for the trades.

We have a deal that lets kids that graduate from our district go to local community colleges for free. And, if they are done with that, they have automatic acceptance to Irvine. CA has two years free, I believe, too.

We had a scholarship program for students. It was an essay competition with a prize for $1,000

I really wish we did. I know exactly how you feel. I try to do research on grants and inform my classes about them weekly

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