High Schoolers Get Head Start For College

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) - It's no secret that college is expensive.

To combat the cost, many Ohio high schoolers are loading up on college credit for free.

Ohio's Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program allows students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously.

The college coursework is free because a share of the state support earmarked for the student is redirected from the school district to the college. Private school students are supported from a special fund set up by the state.

Both two- and four-year colleges participate.

A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education said that about 7,500 high school students enrolled at more than 60 colleges during the 2000-01 school year.

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