The Guiding Principles for the CPE/KDE Dual Credit Policy provide, “The costs of delivering dual credit courses should be shared by a combination of state, postsecondary institutions, secondary schools, state-funded scholarships, and students and families so that no one entity is solely responsible for such costs.”
Under the Dual Credit Policy:
- Tuition and other fees for dual credit courses must be outlined in writing and provided to each student, parent, and secondary school by the postsecondary institution prior to enrollment in such courses. Participating postsecondary institutions must also inform students and parents of scholarships and any fee waivers.
- The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) must provide student support for dual credit scholarships through funding provided by the General Assembly for the existing Mary Jo Young Scholarship or other newly created dual credit scholarship programs administered by KHEAA.
- The CPE must create and monitor an accountability system with metrics related to student access, quality, affordability and transferability of credit.
- Secondary schools and postsecondary institutions must jointly develop a process to determine student eligibility for financial assistance.
A Mary Jo Young Scholarship provides up to $420 for one dual credit course or $840 for two courses, as well as a textbook reimbursement of up to $125 for one course or $250 for two courses. An eligible dual credit student must be a legal Kentucky resident, U.S. citizen or permanent resident, a high school junior or senior, and have either a minimum ACT composite score of 18 or minimum 2.5 GPA for the 2014-2015 school year. Priority is given to students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch.
The CPE/KDE Dual Credit Policy requires the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to establish a statewide Dual Credit Advisory Council. One of the Advisory Council’s responsibilities is to create a plan identifying funding mechanism options for sharing the costs of delivering dual credit courses. These options should include all of the following cost-sharing partners: the state, postsecondary institutions, secondary schools, state funded scholarships, and students and families.