November 18, 2013
Contact: Anthony Twyman, Assistant to the President for Communications, 610-325-2816
More than 70% off Tuition and Fees, Under New College Pilot Program for High School Students
(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)—For a limited time, the College is allowing students from Delaware and Chester Counties the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school at a substantially discounted rate of up to 72 percent off the College’s normal tuition and fees.
“Our High School Dual Enrollment Pilot Program provides high school students with a way to accelerate their education, while saving them and their parents a significant amount of money on a quality college education,” said College President Dr. Jerry Parker, adding that 266 students are already enrolled for the fall semester.
Qualified students from the College’s sponsoring school districts pay only $40 per credit versus the normal $146 a credit with fees. Students from non-sponsoring school districts pay only $80 per credit versus the normal $254 a credit with fees. Courses can be taken at most of the College’s nine locations. Fees are waived. Application deadlines are Dec. 1 for the spring semester, May 1 for Summer I and June 1 for Summer II. (Sponsoring districts contribute to the College; residents from these districts receive a reduced tuition rate).
The High School Dual Enrollment Pilot Program will last three years. Eligible high school juniors can earn up to nine college credits, while eligible high school seniors can earn up to 12 college credits. Thus, by the time students graduate from high school, they can accumulate up to 21 credits. Program eligibility is based on a student’s potential for success, which includes demonstrated academic ability and motivation.
Additionally, dual enrollment students can save thousands of dollars by completing their first two years at Delaware County Community College and then transferring to a four-year school for a baccalaureate degree. Studies show that students who complete their associate degree before transferring credits are more likely to attain their bachelor’s degree.
The College—under already existing programs (Dual Admissions, Core-to-Core Articulations, and Guaranteed Admissions Agreements)—enables students who graduate with an associate degree to seamlessly transfer their credits to a variety of four-year schools. These transfer agreements often come with guaranteed admission and excellent scholarship opportunities to universities such as Drexel, Penn State, Temple, West Chester, and Widener, as well as to colleges such as Albright, Cabrini, Chestnut Hill, Peirce and Rosemont.
College transfer agreements and high school dual enrollment programs enable four-year schools to enroll students they may otherwise have not received. Research shows that students who take advantage of dual enrollment opportunities while in high school tend to be more successful as they progress through their post-secondary education experience.
“Participation in the College’s Dual Enrollment Pilot Program can simplify and take the worry out of the college admissions process,” said Fran Cubberley, the College’s vice president for Enrollment Management. “The College’s dual enrollment and dual admissions programs allow qualified students to—early on in their college selection process—be assured of guaranteed admission to excellent four-year schools in the Greater Philadelphia area.”
Students are under no obligation to attend Delaware County Community College after completing the High School Dual Enrollment Pilot Program and can transfer the credits they earn to a four-year school.
To learn more about the Dual Enrollment Pilot Program, visit www.dccc.edu/highschool, or call 610-359-5141.
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