Students of Newfield High School can take advantage of 16 free college-level courses taught on the high school campus by educators from Newfield.
In the past, students could complete these courses by taking free online courses at the State University of New York (SUNY), as the school district took the grade. Last year, five of the 40 students in Newfield’s class received associate’s degrees by the time they graduated, and this school year, five other seniors are on track to do the same, a Newfield High School principal Patrick Mahunik said.
Now, students have to pay part of the tuition fees for online courses out of pocket.
According to Newfield High School guidance counselor Rick Pawlewicz, the reimbursable cost per course (usually three credits) is $ 275, or about half of the total cost of the class. The school district contributes the same amount per course as last year – the difference is that New York State is charging more this year.
This is due to a relatively recent policy change at the state level. “For a long time the [high school] the kids got a lot, âsaid Mahunik. “They didn’t pay by the credit hour but over the course, and this year they have to pay by the credit hour.”
The logical explanation for the new rules is that it has been determined that high school students should not receive the same online classes for less money than a SUNY student, Mahunik explained.
“Their [college] kids paid full tuition, and high school kids weren’t, âhe said, making sure to point out that the system can still be of great benefit to Newfield students.
“It’s always a good deal to have an associate’s degree after high school for a relatively low cost,” said Mahunik.
To earn their associate degree, students must complete 60 credit hours, which equates to approximately 20 courses. In high school, students can benefit from free advanced courses in a wide variety of subjects to meet this requirement, including four courses in Mathematics, Chemistry 101, an Introductory Psychology course, English, Public Speaking, Spanish, etc. âThey have a bit of everything to meet a lot of general education requirements,â said Mahunik, adding that credits are transferred to SUNY schools and most private universities.
“Yes [the credits] don’t transfer, the students will likely be very successful in this class because they were already exposed to the content, âMahunik said.
Pawlewicz agrees that this is a great opportunity for Newfield students. “Whenever a student has the opportunity to embark on a rigorous program and go through the process and improve their own view of their abilities, it makes a difference whether or not they think they can be successful at the school. secondary level, “he said. noted. The only caveat: there aren’t enough college-level courses taught at Newfield for a student to earn an associate’s degree without additional online courses.
Pawlewicz added that the school district and the board of education have been very supportive of the college program. âWe were assured that this was something they wanted to continue,â he said.
It’s reassuring to hear, he said, adding that it might require creative planning in the district’s budget, especially as the graduating class size is expected to increase to 80 students in the coming years. as classes with higher enrollment age.
Pawlewicz hopes to develop solutions for students who cannot afford tuition fees for online courses.
“I would hate to see [the expense] be a barrier, âPawlewicz said.