College Now courses may start costing Detroit Lakes High School studentsDetroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- High School students in Detroit Lakes who have taken advantage of free college credits may have to start paying for those courses. The School Board is talking about now charging a fee for its popular College Now courses.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- High School students in Detroit Lakes who have taken advantage of free college credits may have to start paying for those courses. The School Board is talking about now charging a fee for its popular College Now courses.
Detroit Lakes High School student Logan Moe is looking at taking some college credit courses for his upcoming senior year. This year could be the first that students have to pay a $40 fee for those courses.
Logan Moe - Detroit Lakes Senior: "$40 sometimes, to some people, they don't have it. So, if you don't have it at the time just to spend, then you know, it might be something I'd say no to. But other than that, it's really beneficial for you to take those classes."
The school's College Now courses through Southwest State in Marshall are taught at the high school, but count for college credit. The same 4 credit classes at Southwest State would cost more than $1,000.
The program has grown substantially since it began in 2008, with more and more students taking advantage of the free credits. But more students means more cost, and the school says the state money provided isn't keeping up.
Steve Morben - Principal: "The true benefit, obviously, is to just help out with the cost, and to share the burden. There is a value to this. As I mentioned, the students gain college credit at a significant savings over to what they would pay."
Nearly 300 students are already signed up for College Now courses for the upcoming year. The school board has about a month to make a decision and implement it for the next year.
Moe says if there is a cost, it won't stop him from enrolling.
Logan Moe: "It's a lot cheaper to pay the $40 and take the classes now than it is to pay a lot more later."
The school board will bring up the matter again at their August 13th meeting.