Lawmakers have been worried about costs for the dual enrollment program as more students take courses on college campuses. A 2018 state audit found general fund spending for the dual enrollment program increased by more than 325% over the prior five years. The 2019 fiscal year budget was about $105 million.
The senators who voted against the bill, Sally Harrell and Nan Orrock, told the committee Thursday the larger issue is rising college costs. The bill proponents say the changes are needed to control costs and to help students make better decisions about course selection.