College Credit May Cost Utah High School Students

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Utah high school students and their families would have to pay for college-level credits, long offered for free, under a bill headed to the Senate floor.

SB284 is needed because Utah colleges and universities can no longer afford to provide concurrent enrollment instruction for free, according to sponsor Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George. He cited letters sent to school districts by Utah State University and Utah Valley University, indicating they may have to limit their concurrent offerings.

Over the objections of Gov. Gary Herbert, the Senate Education Committee unanimously endorsed the bill, along with companion legislation to create college-ready assessment tools to help high school identify gaps in their learning.

Urquhart proposes allowing universities to charge up to $30 per credit hour, which could potentially raise $5.5 million. That means students would pay as much as $90 for a three-credit course that costs University of Utah students $600.

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