WASHINGTON — Thousands of low-income students will be eligible for federal Pell Grant money to take college courses while still in high school.
The opportunity is part of an experimental program announced Friday by the Obama administration. The Education Department said the administration will invest up to $20 million in the 2016-17 school year — helping up to 10,000 students.
High school students who take college courses through “dual enrollment” programs will be eligible. Those programs allow high school kids to take classes at a local college, often earning college credit.
“A postsecondary education is one of the most important investments students can make in their future. Yet the cost of this investment is higher than ever, creating a barrier to access for some students, particularly those from low-income families,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement.
Pell Grants are for low-income students and do not have to be repaid.
In Utah, 36 percent of juniors and seniors — more than 27,000 students — participated in concurrent enrollment last year. Most of them took English 1010 and Math 1050, two general education courses common to almost all college