As Pandemic Allows More High Schoolers to Use State Program to Enroll in Virtual College Courses, Minnesota Districts Face Unexpected Financial Hit

Financial high stakes

The cost to districts for PSEO comes down to how exactly a student chooses to take college classes. Each district receives about $10,000 a year per student from both state and federal funding sources, Lutz said.

‘A really good deal for kids’

The concept of high schoolers taking college classes is widespread, with each state offering some sort of dual enrollment program. Earlier this month, U.S. secretary of education nominee Miguel Cardona pointed to allowing high schoolers to take college classes as one way to reduce the overall cost of higher education. Still, many states don’t fully fund their programs. Minnesota, a trendsetter 36 years ago, pays for participating high school students’ college tuition, fees and books. The state spent slightly more than $34 million for PSEO in 2018–19, doling the funds out to 61 colleges and universities for a total of 165,000 college credits. That money would otherwise have gone to the students’ home districts.

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