Pasco-Hernando State College offers new dual enrollment fee structure to districts
Eight months after refusing to bend, Pasco-Hernando State College officials have formally offered to change the administrative fees they charge school districts for dual enrollment students.
The Pasco School Board is set to adopt a new agreement next week that would make each entity responsible for its own costs associated with running the program, in which high school students can get college credits for free. The college, which initially insisted that state law required districts to pay the fees, modified its stance after getting advice from political leaders in Tallahassee.
The proposed amendment to the existing dual enrollment agreement would now state: "Both the College and the school district acknowledge that certain administrative costs are incurred by each for those students that are not attending classes on the post-secondary campus. In the interest of equity, each party agrees to be responsible for its own administrative costs for these students."
The deal would not affect the payment of tuition, instructional materials or other parts of the program.
Previously, the college required the district to pay $37.73 per student per semester, regardless of whether the student was taking courses at the college or at a district school. Superintendent Kurt Browning fought the charge, and worked with a statewide superintendents task force to make recommendations for changes to state law.
No changes have made progress during the legislative session.