Dual credit prices not likely to increase, Escamilla say

Del Mar College noted a loss of $2.1 million in relation to the dual credit program for fiscal year 2014-15. Despite the loss, prices are not expected to increase, according to Mark Escamilla, president of Del Mar College.

The current rate for a three-hour course in the dual credit program is $99.99, compared with a traditional student rate of $353. In fall 2011, dual credit was responsible for 11 percent of the college’s overall enrollment. It was at 18 percent this semester.

“The plan has always been to push to 25 percent of overall student population, which equates to around 3,000 enrollments,” Escamilla said.

According to Patricia Benavides- Dominguez, the interim dean of Outreach and Enrollment Services, each year the goal has been to increase the enrollment by 2 percent, and each year the goal has been achieved.

“Dual credit students contribute to the growth of any community college. Part of that growth includes faculty and staff, student services and resources for incoming students,” Benavides-Dominguez said.

Students participating in the dual credit program can acquire high school credit, transferable college credit hours, long-range savings on tuition/fees, and early graduation. The courses offered in the program include English, math, history, government, psychology, sociology, automotive, aviation technology, cosmetology, culinary arts and HVAC.

To learn more about Del Mar College’s one-price tuition plan, admissions, available courses, testing, financial aid and scholarships, tutoring and more, interested parents and students can attend the upcoming Dual Credit Night at Del Mar College. The event will be from 6-8 p.m. April 7 in Room 106 at the Del Mar College Center for Economic Development, located at 3209 S. Staples St. The event is free.

For more information, contact 361- 698-1634 or dualcredit@delmar.edu.

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