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Report: College credit program covers direct costs

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(The Center Square) – A new report shows Ohio’s College Credit Plus Program is covering the direct costs for colleges and universities offering courses to high school students around the state.

The report from Auditor Keith Faber also said colleges and universities that enroll more Ohio middle and high school students tend to be better off financially. It also said the program could benefit a college’s long-term financial health as traditional student enrollment declines.

“Oftentimes, colleges and universities are offering these classes regardless of whether high school students are participating,” Faber said. “Increasing CCP enrollment benefits everyone involved.”

The CCP Program Cost Study, done annually, showed the program saved more than $163 million in tuition costs than in 2022, an average of $4,368 per family.

Faber’s Ohio Performance Team surveyed 37 public universities and community colleges to get information about instructor salaries, student support services, overhead, and other expenses related to middle and high school student dual enrollment.

Colleges and universities participating in the program receive state funds to help cover those costs.

“The tuition revenue from enrolling CCP students exceeds the direct instructional costs. CCP appears to be financially advantageous to colleges,” the report concluded.

The OPT recommended school districts increase the number of college classes offered in high school settings, making it easier for students to participate, whether courses involve local high school teachers credentialed to lead college classes or agreements with college professors or credentialed teachers from other campuses.

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