Kilgore College held a press conference and a signing ceremony March 6 to announce details about the new KC Connection Program that will greatly reduce tuition costs for qualifying dual credit students who choose to attend KC after high school.
Five high school students "signed" with KC at the event as the first students taking advantage of this opportunity.
Students signing with KC (along with dual credit hours already earned) were:
- Kaitlyn Pearson, Sabine High School (24 credit hours earned)
- Austin Huckabee, Kilgore High School (27 credit hours earned)
- Paula Vazquez, Kilgore High School (15 credit hours earned)
- Charli Marcantel, Kilgore High School (24 credit hours earned)
- Tristen Benton, Wesk Rusk County High School (15 credit hours earned)
Details about the new program, approved March 4 by the KC Board of Trustees, were addressed at the press conference and are listed below.
“We are exhilarated that our visionary board of trustees approved this new policy which can be a true game-changer for dual credit students, especially those who might not be able to afford college otherwise,” said Dr. Brenda Kays, KC president.
“Data has shown that, typically, 22 percent of our students enrolled in dual credit classes do not continue to any sort of college or university. We want to improve that statistic. This will be a great monetary incentive so they do not forfeit work completed in their dual credit courses and they can continue their educational journey and succeed in whatever educational pathway they choose.”
The 40 percent discount applies to the current rate of tuition/fees at KC for any given semester of enrollment. The promise is applicable to student tuition regardless of whether a student is classified an in-district or out-of-district resident.
This tuition discount, combined with opportunities for Federal Financial Aid and KC scholarships, will enable students to further their education with KC at little or no costs depending on the aid award.
To take advantage of this generous offer, students do have to meet certain criteria:
- Must have earned a minimum of 12 semester credit hours (“SCH”) of dual credit with Kilgore College with a "C" (2.0) or better grade point average.
- Must have a declared major with Kilgore College and be making progress toward achieving a credential.
- Must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.
- Must complete a Kilgore College scholarship application.
- Must fill out a Kilgore College application for admission or dual credit transition form and meet all Kilgore College admission requirements.
- Must be enrolled by the fall semester immediately following high school graduation.
- Must be continuously enrolled (at least fall and spring semesters) until degree and/or certificate completion.