As a parent of a college-bound high school student, preparing for the ever rising cost of a college education can be difficult. According to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, college students attending two-year or four-year public or private colleges face costs for tuition and fees from $5,000 to $52,782 per year. In addition, the students are paying as much as $15,000 for living expenses. Refer to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for a tuition and fees chart for all Minnesota colleges (public and private) – Tuition and Fees Chart – Minnesota
The Concurrent Enrollment program provides an opportunity for your student to earn college credit in high school and at very little or no cost to the family. Your student will saves thousands of dollars on tuition AND develop the skills and understanding of college rigor necessary for future college success. Research shows that students who complete college courses in high school graduate more often, on-time and with less debt. Your student will be starting a college transcript that will set the pace for future college opportunities. Please encourage your student to take this privilege seriously. There could be consequences that alter a future successful college career. Speak with your high school or a college counselor to determine if this is the right choice for your student at this time.
For questions relating to RCTC’s PSEO or Concurrent Enrollment program, please see the Concurrent Student Handbook
Understanding the Difference between High School and College
Minnesota Association of Developmental Education (MNADE) developed a brochure that compares high school and college learning environments to better prepare students and their families for postsecondary education.
The brochure highlights the differences in curriculum, instructor expectations, and student responsibilities. The brochure is a useful tool to review with your student prior to enrolling in a PSEO or Concurrent Enrollment course to ensure readiness and success.
Privacy of Student Records
It’s not just a school policy, but it’s the law. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are subject to federal law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and state law, the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA), which contain detailed rules about student record privacy.