The University of Pittsburgh has been offering high school students the chance to earn college credits for nearly 35 years.
Each year, about 3,100 students from high schools across Pennsylvania and one from Ohio are instructed by high school teachers certified through Pitt’s College in High School Program, according to the university’s website.
The program’s course offerings include advanced classes, with the cost for students being just $225 for most courses.
Financial assistance, provided by Pitt and individual donors is often available for students in need.
Pitt credits are transferable, so even if the students don’t enroll at Pitt, their credits will count at other institutions.
The dual-enrollment program at Mount Aloysius College has taken off in the past eight years and now serves about 60 high schools within a 75-mile radius of the Cresson campus, according to Frank Crouse, the school’s vice president of enrollment management.
He credits the 52 percent increase in enrollment the past three years to the program’s coordinator.
“I think we have an outstanding coordinator for the dual-enrollment program in Jules Dill,” Crouse said.
Dill is a former educator for Central Cambria High School and knows the expectations of high school administrators and college-bound students, Crouse said.
Mount Aloysius’ courses are developed by the college’s professors and taught by high school teachers. Tuition is $50 a credit for high school students, substantially less than it would be for traditional college students.
Frank Sojak is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/FrankNews10.