The runaway popularity, and growing cost, of Georgia’s dual enrollment program, which lets high school students earn college credit for free, led lawmakers in the House of Representatives to pass legislation Thursday that would limit access.
Described as “guardrails” on the program, which has doubled in cost since 2016 to over $100 million a year, House Bill 444 would restrict students to 30 free credit hours while cutting out younger students.
Anything over 30 credit hours would come out of students’ HOPE Scholarships. Freshmen would no longer be able to go to technical school and freshmen and sophomores would be barred from dual enrolling in other postsecondary institutions.
“We are putting guardrails on the program,” Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, chairman of the House Education Committee, said of the bill at a hearing Monday. “That’s the brutal, honest answer.”