Dual Enrolment vs AP Exam: How To Cut College Costs?

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Few parents actually know about dual enrollment allowing high school students to take college classes at a community college for credit, CNBC reports. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 3 in 10 community college students are in dual enrollment programs. Despite the huge popularity of dual enrolment, the application rules differ depending on the state. The Typical Student team learned more about how parents can cut their kids' college costs. 

What Is Dual Enrolment?




Dual enrollment is a program that allows high school students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) to enroll in college courses for credit prior to high school graduation.

It's no secret that the earlier a student graduates, the less money is spent on their education. The College Board reports that in the 2018-2019 academic year, the average tuition, fees, room, and board at a public four-year college or university cost $21,370 for in-state students and $37,430 for out of state.

Students who pass their dual enrollment course successfully can get credit at that particular school. Still it's unclear if those credits will count when that student transfers. This is why, prior to entering dual enrollment, take the time to research your state’s program and learn the requirements and how credits will apply.

Pricing Policies

As we mentioned earlier, the price of dual enrolment is different in every state. CNBC reports that students enrolled in Montana’s program are not required to pay any tuition or fees for their first two dual enrollment classes at state university campuses. Meanwhile, at Florida Institute of Technology, students pay $100 per credit hour.

AP Exams



In 2018, over 2.8 million students took AP exams, the College Board data suggests. The cost of each test is $93, an average student takes three exams within their high school education. The minimal qualification score on an AP exam is a 3 out of 5 to be eligible to receive college credit. CNBC suggests "a $93 test could equate to getting out of a $1,800 to $3,000 college course."


Yet, there are extra expenses for those who choose to take an AP exam prep: $20 for a review book to $167 per hour for private tutoring. Please mind,  86% of the top 153 universities and colleges in the U.S. restrict AP credit, which means credit will be given for only a 4 or a 5 on the AP exam.   




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