05262017AM3381RSSPRINGFIELD – To make college more affordable, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is working to increase the availability of dual-credit classes in Illinois.

Bertino-Tarrant’s measure, Senate Bill 3190, requires public universities and community colleges to work with local high schools to grant dual credit to a student who completes an accredited course.

“While the cost of college continues to escalate nationwide, dual credit provides a great economic benefit for families and students by empowering students to accumulate college credit while still in high school,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “As the mother of a sophomore in high school, I know what parents are going through. Like any other parent, I want my children to graduate college full of opportunities, not burdened with student loans.”

Dual credit, which allows students to enroll in postsecondary coursework while still enrolled in high school, is a promising approach to improving academic outcomes for students.

Bertino-Tarrant said it helps prepare students for college coursework while helping them meet general high school requirements.

Research has shown that student participation in dual enrollment curriculum often leads to improved academic outcomes, especially for students from low-income backgrounds as well as first generation college students. Students who enroll in dual-credit courses are more likely to get better grades in high school and pursue a secondary education.

Under this bipartisan proposal, students are allowed to receive up to 60 hours of dual credit. Bertino-Tarrant believes this is a step toward making college more affordable by allowing students to meet general requirements at little to no cost.

“We need to continue to explore ways to make college more affordable and help students graduate without mountains of debt,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Senate Bill 3190 passed the Senate’s education committee with bipartisan support and now heads to the full senate for consideration.

Opioid Crisis ENews signup

State Issues Survey 2016

Upcoming Events

Navigating Springfield
 

Office Info

Springfield Office

119 B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706 
(217) 782-0052

District Office

15300 Rt. 59 Unit 202
Plainfield, IL 60544 
(815) 254-4211
(815) 254-4213 FAX