Lorain County families save thousands of dollars each year by taking advantage of the Ohio Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program at Lorain County Community College.
Through PSEO, qualified students can earn free college credit while they’re still in high school. Students can take courses on the LCCC campus or in their regular high school classrooms at participating schools. Courses often count toward both high school graduation requirements and college credit.
Since 1990, more than 13,000 Lorain County students have challenged themselves with college coursework prior to high school graduation. These free courses amount to a savings of more than $7.5 million in college tuition costs for local families since 2002. This cost savings is factored at LCCC’s low tuition rate, making the savings even more significant when considering the cost of other colleges and universities.
In North Ridgeville, 638 students have participated in PSEO courses either at the LCCC campus or in classes at North Ridgeville High School and have earned more than 3,150 college credits. That amounts to savings of more than $350,000 in college expenses for North Ridgeville families.
"As college costs continue to skyrocket, it’s great that our students can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity in their own backyard," said North Ridgeville City Schools Superintendent Craig Phillips. "It’s a win-win situation where students benefit from college-level courses without burdening their families with additional costs."
In Lorain, families have saved more than $1.1 million in college costs through PSEO at LCCC. Through the program 1,260 Lorain students have earned more than 10,500 college credits.
More than 9,400 college credits college credits have been earned by nearly 1,500 Elyria high school students, resulting in a cost savings of more than $1 million.
Students from Amherst have earned more than 8,600 college credits by taking advantage of PSEO courses. Those 1,100 students have saved their parents more than a million dollars in tuition and college expenses – much higher if viewed in terms of four-year college tuition.
In schools such as Elyria High School, Avon Lake High School and Amherst Steele High School, onsite PSEO courses are taught in high school classrooms by qualified high school staff, making it even easier for students to transition to college-level coursework. Other schools with onsite courses include: North Ridgeville High School, Clearview High School, Elyria Catholic High School, Open Door Christian Schools, Keystone High School, Brookside High School, Midview High School and Vermilion High School.
For more information on PSEO at LCCC, visit www.loraincc.edu/pseo.