- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Matt Bevin has announced $7.5 million in scholarships that will pay for Kentucky high school seniors to take dual credit classes.

Bevin and Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner announced the Dual Credit Scholarship Program on Wednesday at Russell County High School. Dual credit courses allow students to earn high school credits and college credits at the same time. The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority will run the new program.

The state legislature approved $7.5 million for the program this year and next year. Money is set aside for each high school based on that school’s proportion of seniors. The Kentucky Department of Education estimates there will be nearly 46,400 high school seniors in the class of 2017. More than 9,300 students took dual credit courses this past school year.

“We think that any support for dual credit in the state is positive, so we were really, really energized and glad to see that the governor and the General Assembly incorporated the money for it,” said Jay Morgan, vice president of academic affairs at the Council for Postsecondary Education, told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “I think there’s still operational details, we need to flesh some details out on billing and operations.”

Barbara Veazey, president of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, told The Paducah Sun that the funding will provide opportunities for more students.

“I’m very excited about this because finance is the No. 1 barrier to a student taking these dual credit classes,” Veazey said. “This will be a huge help.”

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