- The Accelerated College Enrollment (ACE) Program at Genesee Community College continues to save individual families hundreds of dollars each year by offering college credit to high school students at a fraction of the cost of traditional tuition. Throughout the region, savings add up to over $2.2 million this academic year alone.
During the 2010-2011 academic year, GCC served over 3,200 high school students through its ACE programs for a total of nearly 20,000 credit hours earned. That equals about 6.25 credit hours per student.
If these ACE Program high school students were to take the same classes at the traditional rate of GCC tuition, the cost to them and their families would be about $2.2 million dollars more – and that’s with the college’s low tuition rate! If the same students had enrolled in their classes through a four-year SUNY school, tuition would have cost them a whopping $3,027,509 more. Incredibly, tuition at a private university for the same courses would have cost these students an additional $10 million.
The benefits to area high school students enrolled in the ACE Programs – Advanced Studies, College Today, and College Tech Prep – aren’t just monetary. Associate dean of ACE Programs Ed Levinstein put it this way, “Students save not only on their college tuition, but they essentially save time and receive invaluable exposure to the rigors of college coursework.”
As area school districts work their way through difficult financial times, the college hopes to find ways to expand the ACE program and extend the opportunity for assistance maintaining or providing programs for students. Levinstein said that currently the college is exploring additional College Today (credit courses offered at GCC campus centers for high school students) online and video conference courses as options for the future.
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