Dual education credit.
ENTITLED, An Act to revise certain provisions regarding dual education credit.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. That § 13-28-37 be amended to read:
13-28-37. Any student in grades nine, ten, eleven, or twelve may apply to an institution of higher education or a postsecondary technical institute as a special student in a course or courses offered at the institution of higher education or postsecondary technical institute. The institution of higher education or postsecondary technical institute shall set admission standards and tuition rates. The student shall obtain the school district's approval of the postsecondary course or courses prior to enrolling. If, however, the student is enrolled in a nonpublic school or a tribal school, the student shall obtain approval of the postsecondary course or courses from the nonpublic school or the tribal school prior to enrolling, and if the student is receiving alternative instruction pursuant to § 13-27-3, the student shall obtain approval of the postsecondary course or courses prior to enrolling from the provider of the alternative instruction. If approved, the student shall receive full credit toward high school graduation as well as postsecondary credit for each postsecondary course.
The school district or the state may pay all or part of the tuition and fees for a course approved for credit toward high school graduation in accordance with this section. The student is responsible for any tuition and fees not paid by the school district or the state and for any other costs involved with attending a postsecondary institution. The school district shall record each course under this section on the student's transcript and shall use each course score to calculate academic standing.
If a failing final course grade is received in a postsecondary course under this section, the student receiving the failure is no longer eligible to enroll for postsecondary courses under this section absent a showing of good cause.
Section 2. That chapter 13-28 be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read:
A state subsidized high school dual credit program shall be established for any student in grades eleven or twelve. The public institution of higher education or postsecondary technical institute offering the credit shall set the admission standards. A participating institution shall regularly submit course availability, enrollment, and completion data to the Department of Education.
The Board of Regents shall set a high school dual credit tuition rate equivalent to forty-three percent of the undergraduate off-campus tuition rate. The student taking the course shall pay an amount equal to thirty-three and three tenths percent of the total high school dual credit tuition rate and a school district may pay any portion of the student's share. The state shall pay an amount equal to sixty-six and seven tenths percent of the total high school dual credit tuition rate. No public institution of higher education or postsecondary technical institute offering the
credit may require any additional fees.
The student is responsible for any other costs involved with attending a postsecondary institution. For the purposes of this section, the term, undergraduate off-campus tuition rate, means the per-credit rate, as set by the Board of Regents, that was in effect on January first of the previous fiscal year.
Signed February 22, 2018