Governors and Legislators across the country continue to recognize the value of investing in concurrent and dual enrollment, as part of college access, affordability, and success initiatives. Noteworthy new investments were made by Kentucky, Nevada, and New Hampshire this year.
The Kentucky legislature passed a bill in March 2017 to codify a Dual Credit Scholarship program that allows every Kentucky high school student to enroll in two college courses at no cost to the student. Governor Matt Bevin launched the Dual Credit Scholarship by Executive Order for the 2016-17 school year. Recognizing the significant gains in participation, credit hours earned and savings to students and their families in its first year, the legislature made the scholarship permanent.
This year, the New Hampshire State Legislature provided funding for dual and concurrent enrollment coursework for the first time, providing up to $250 per STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) course at a community college for qualified high school students.
In Nevada, a new law added $2 million into its dual enrollment program and mandates that all Nevada high schools offer dual enrollment courses.