Early College Program Saves Parents Money

By Douglas B. Reeves

As tight as school budgets are around the nation, family budgets in many districts often are strained even more, particularly when parents are looking at the rising costs of college. But one enterprising school system, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, Ind., has saved parents millions of dollars in tuition.

In late May, more than 50 students walked across the stage with both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree, saving parents two years of college tuition and giving their children essential skills both for their future education and the job market. The total university, community college, and technical school credit hours earned by students will soon exceed 20,000, and with tuition costs in the area ranging from $125 per credit hour to more than $1,000 per credit hour, the savings for students and parents have been enormous.

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