Money Matters: AP and Dual Enrollment are saving parents thousands

Money Matters: AP and Dual Enrollment are saving parents thousands

Saving for college is a daunting task. But a growing number of Bossier Parish students are taking advantage of a systematic savings plan.
Saving for college is a daunting task. But a growing number of Bossier Parish students are taking advantage of a systematic savings plan. 

"Five or $6,000. Not just hundreds. Thousands of dollars is what you'll save," said Theresa Cannon, an Advanced Placement teacher at Airline High School.

The money is being saved through Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses, which provide college credit for work done in high school

Airline High School senior Thomas Johnson has been taking Advanced Placement courses for several semesters.

"Starting in my junior year, I took AP English 3," said Johnson, who plans to attend LSU or Louisiana Tech next year. "I enjoy it. I enjoy learning."

Johnson has earned enough college credits that when he steps on campus next year he will most likely have enough college credits to be considered a sophomore.

"That's kinda a big deal. You just kinda skip the whole freshman idea," said Johnson, as he giggled.

But the savings he and others have provided their families are nothing to laugh at.

"One year of college could be, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 depending on where the student decides to go," said Bossier Schools Chief Academic Officer Tom Daniel.

He helped 57-percent of last year's graduating class in Bossier Parish achieve some form of college credit.

"That's one year of college that parents may not have to worry about," said Daniel.

Advanced Placement teacher Theresa Cannon knows the savings first hand.

"I am a parent. So I have a freshman at Louisiana Tech majoring in engineering," said Cannon. "He just received 18 hours of college math credit."

For Cannon the college math credit added up to one thing.

"A lot of money that you get to save," she said.

Both Airline and Benton High School received state recognition last year for excelling in Advanced Placement.
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