Categorized In: Case Services - Planned Services
Approved Date: October 02, 2018
Owner: Angela Fujan
There must be a search for comparable services and benefits before VR funds post secondary training courses during high school.
Individualized planning and services means that participating in post secondary training during high school may be appropriate for a high school student being served by Nebraska VR. Post secondary training options include, but are not limited to, Advanced Placement Courses, Dual Credit programs offered by colleges, or Concurrent Enrollment at a post secondary institution.
For Nebraska VR to participate in the cost of such courses and programs the service must support the student’s job goal on his or her IPE. It would be very unusual for financial aid to be awarded through a FAFSA for Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, or Concurrent Enrollment. However, other comparable benefit and services resources should be explored.
Credits accepted by the post secondary institution and program of study that were earned by taking post secondary courses during high school will count toward the maximum credit hours of assistance for post-secondary training whether or not VR financially participated in the cost as describe in Rule 72, 010.16 – 010.16D3.
- Advanced Placement (AP) – AP Coordinator, AP Teacher, or AP Provider
- Dual Credit Course – High school counselor and participating post secondary program contact.
- Vocational Courses – High school counselor and participating community college.
Advanced Placement (AP) is a national program of standardized courses taught in high schools by teachers certified by the AP program. The College Board, which administers the SAT, also administers the Advanced Placement program. A passing grade in an AP course earns high school credit. Passing the National AP Exam is required to earn college credit. Individual colleges decide which AP Exams to accept, the score required to award credits and how the credits affect the college transcript. The high school may award weighted grades for the AP course. Most colleges have a list of AP courses and grades that they accept on their website.
There is no cost to take the AP class, but there is a cost to take the National AP Exam. A search for comparable services and benefits must be conducted as sometime school districts and the College Board offer financial assistance in whole or in part.
Dual Credit, also known as Dual Enrollment, is a partnership between an individual high school and an individual college, which may or may not be Nebraska based. Usually, the courses are taught in the high school by teachers the partner college has deemed qualified. Some courses may be taught on-line or by another distance format. An official college transcript is required. The high school may award a weighted grade. Depending upon the arrangement between the high school and the college, tuition and fees may be charged. If tuition and fees are charged, comparable services and benefits must be explored. If the student later attends a different school that the partner college, the credits become transfer credits and are subject to the transfer policies of the school the student is enrolling in or transferring to.
A high school student may be enrolled in a post secondary course that is not part of a Dual Credit partnership. No high school credit is typically earned. The courses may be taken on the college campus, on-line, or in another distance format. The student generally pays for tuition, fees and books. A search for comparable services and benefits must be explored.