Monday, January 7, 2013

PSEOP Program at Edison Can Cut College Tuition Costs in Half

Parents and guardians of high school students who are interested in saving as much as $40,000 in college tuition costs are invited to attend the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) information sessions being held by Edison State College throughout the month of January.

The sessions will be held Jan. 8 at Edison’s Darke County Campus, Jan. 9 at Edison’s Piqua Campus and Jan. 15 at the Sidney Moose Lodge on 1200 N. Broadway. All sessions will run from 6–7:30 p.m. and Edison staff will be on hand to answer questions about enrolling in the program, cost savings, transferability of credits and more.

PSEOP allows students in grades 9 through 12 attending Ohio’s public and non-public schools to earn college credit while simultaneously earning a high school diploma at no cost.

The purpose of the program is to promote advanced academic opportunities for qualified high school students prior to their graduation. Students attend classes at both their high school and on the Edison campus, earning credits that can then be used toward a two-year associate’s degree at Edison or transferred to other colleges and universities throughout the state. Most PSEOP students take classes at their current school and Edison, and remain very active at their high schools.

“For students who know they’ll be pursuing a degree after high school, PSEOP is an excellent way to not only get college credits for free, but to get a feel for what taking courses at a college level will be like,” said Velina Bogart, coordinator of early college programs at Edison. “We’ve had as many as 20 students in the past few years complete enough courses to receive their two-year associate’s degree before they’ve graduated from high school. That’s the equivalent of receiving two years of college for free, and those credits are transferrable throughout the state.”

Currently, more than 600 students from high schools in Miami, Darke and Shelby Counties are enrolled in the program at Edison, which saved families more than $1 million in 2011.

“Being a PSEOP student at Edison helped me to get a feel for what college would be like, so if I decided to go to a large university, I’d feel more prepared,” said Alexis Roe, who took college credit classes at Edison while attending Sidney High School. “Even though I was away from my high school half of the day, I was still able to participate in activities at my high school, which was very important for me.”

Students and parents who are unable to attend one of the sessions and want to learn more about PSEOP can call Velina Bogart in the Admissions Office at 937-778-7854.

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