K-12 Educators Explain Why They Support Differential Tuition Rate At Grand Rapids Community College

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A proposal by Grand Rapids Community College to develop a differential tuition rate for some dual enrolled students was embraced by at least three K-12 administrators last week who say the plan promotes college readiness.

Superintendents in Grand Rapids, Rockford and Kent Intermediate School District said reducing the cost for dual enrollment at GRCC could boost the number of students pursuing college credit while still in high school.

“Dual enrollment (is) a pretty important component of our new model,” said Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal. “So we are very excited.”

Under the proposal, the college could charge a lower tuition rate for dual enrolled high school students who take GRCC classes at their high school. As of now, dual enrolled students pay the same tuition and fee rate as traditional GRCC students.

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