ERIC Number: ED483853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-29
Expanding Opportunity for Low-Income High School Students: Pell Grants vs. Advanced Placement Classes. Backgrounder. No. 1742
Johnson, Kirk A.
This document raises several discussion topics concerning low-income high school students in relation to Pell grants and Advanced Placement (AP) classes. It points out that bright, low-income high school students can perform college-level work either by taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes or by attending classes at a local college. AP classes are costly for the school district because they involve higher salaries for well-educated teachers, have smaller class sizes, and require supplementary teacher-training activities. Additionally, these classes may duplicate those already offered at local colleges. It is suggested that needy high school students be able to access Pell grants to gain college credits. College classes allow students to choose from a wider course curriculum and offer the advantage of reaching more students than can be served by AP classes--all while utilizing an existing educational infrastructure. Sections in this document include the following: (1) Higher Education Opportunities for High School Students; (2) Federal Support for Advanced Placement Programs; (3) Drawbacks of the Federal Advanced Placement Incentive Program [Significantly Higher Costs; Duplication of Effort; Limited Reach of the Advanced Placement Incentive Program]; (4) An Alternative: Pell Grants for Low-Income High school Students [More Options for Students]; and (5) Supplementing, Not Supplanting, Programs for Higher Education. (Contains 30 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, High School Students, Grants, College Credits, Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid, Costs, Advanced Placement Programs, Educational Opportunities
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.