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Dual Credit Program

The AAF Dual Credit program gives financial support to Payson High Schools students who want to pursue higher education in our area.

Instead of simply waiting for completion of the university campus, Aspire Arizona Foundation is already providing Payson students with a head start on their college education. AAF has sponsored a new Dual Credit program (college credits earned while in high school) which was successfully launched for the 2016-17 school year. This program gives high school students the opportunity to take college level general education classes with GCC certified instructors and curriculum on the Payson High School campus which are fully transferable to all of the Arizona state colleges and universities.

Dual Credit students can accumulate college credits at a free or greatly reduced price which can shorten the amount of time and reduce the cost to complete a degree. AAF pledged to pay for one dual credit academic class each semester up to $220/student. Our support was designed to encourage all students to register and thereby guarantee sufficient participation to assure the viability of the new opportunity. AAF helped negotiate an extremely attractive GCC tuition schedule for dual credit students. Combined with the AAF subsidy, the cost of acquiring credits through the dual credit program is less than 20% of the cost of taking the same courses on campus as a freshman at one of the State universities. For the 2016–2017 academic year, AAF has paid $32,200 to provide Dual Credit courses for 113 Payson High School and Payson Center for Success Students resulting in 1,018 credits earned.

Per Student Per Semester

Many thanks to the Payson Unified School District and Gila Community College for their commitment, insight and implementation of the program at the Payson High School. Measurable results are currently being tracked and the students’ progress will be updated each semester. We are very proud of the first class of Aspire Students!