Scholarships totaling $7.5 million dollars will pay for Kentucky high school seniors to take dual credit classes. Governor Matt Bevin and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner unveiled the Dual Credit Scholarship Program 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.