Louisiana education officials say the number of high school graduates entering college each fall has increased by 15% since 2012. A record 23,500 public high school students from the Class of 2017 enrolled in college last fall. State Department of Education spokesperson Sydni Dunn says high school programs geared toward college credits have helped the numbers grow.
“Offering students the opportunity to earn early college credit through advanced placement, or dual enrollment. And also giving them the opportunity to enroll in Jump Start, the state’s career and technical education program”.
Dunn also credits financial aid programs, which are mandatory for high school students to participate in.
“They can submit the FAFSA, which is the free application for federal student aid. They can apply for TOPS, or they can submit an opt-out form, or letter, waiving the opportunity to apply for financial aid, and that needs a parent’s signature”.
She says many students in high school may have never even thought of going to college are now doing so.
“So we are excited to see that the number of high school graduates seeking that secondary education is going up. Because that ultimately ensures a life full of opportunity for those students”.