Newfield HS students now pay for college courses online | New field
Newfield High School students can take advantage of 16 free college-level classes taught on the high school campus by Newfield educators.
In the past, students could complete these courses by taking State University of New York (SUNY) online courses for free, as the school district took note. Last year, five of Newfield’s graduating class of 40 received associate’s degrees by the time they graduated, and this school year five more seniors are on track to do the same, a said Newfield High School Principal Patrick Mahunik.
Now, students have to pay part of the tuition fees for online courses out of pocket.
The fee per course (which is usually three credits) is $275, or about half the total cost of the class, according to Newfield High School guidance counselor Rick Pawlewicz. The school district is contributing the same amount per course as last year, the difference is that New York State is charging more this year.
This is due to a relatively recent policy change at the state level. “For a long time [high school] the kids had a lot,” Mahunik said. “They paid not by the credit hour but by the course, and this year they have to pay by the credit hour.”
The logical explanation for the new rules is that it was determined that high school students should not receive the same online classes for less money than a SUNY student, Mahunik explained.
“Their [college] children paid full tuition, unlike high school students,” he said, noting that the system can still be of great benefit to Newfield students.
“It’s always a good deal to have an associate’s degree after high school for a relatively low cost,” Mahunik said.
To complete their associate degree, students must complete 60 credit hours, which equates to approximately 20 courses. In high school, students can take advantage of free advanced courses in a wide variety of subjects to meet this requirement, including four math courses, chemistry 101, an introductory psychology course, English, public speaking, Spanish, etc “They have a bit of everything to meet a lot of general education requirements,” Mahunik said, adding that credits transfer to SUNY schools and most private universities.
“Whether [the credits] don’t transfer, students will likely do very well in that class because they’ve already been exposed to the content,” Mahunik pointed out.
Pawlewicz agrees this is a great opportunity for Newfield students. “Whenever a student has the opportunity to engage in a rigorous program and work through the process and improve their own view of their abilities, it makes a difference whether or not they believe they can succeed at the secondary level,” he said. said. The one caveat: There aren’t enough college-level courses taught at Newfield for a student to earn an associate’s degree without additional online courses.
Pawlewicz added that the school district and school board have been very supportive of the college’s programming. “We’ve been assured that’s something they want to continue,” he said.
It’s reassuring to hear, he said, adding that it may take some creative planning in the district’s budget, especially as graduating class sizes are expected to increase to 80 students in the coming years. as classes with higher enrollment age.
Pawlewicz hopes to develop solutions for students who cannot afford tuition for online courses.
“I would hate to see [the expense] be a hindrance,” Pawlewicz said.