The Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) found earning college credit in high school potentially saves students and the public money. Students could reduce their college costs by up to 12.5% by earning a semester's worth of college credit while still in high school. CCAP suggests that for every 1 million students entering college with a semester's worth of early credits, the cost of college could be reduced by over $9.5 billion dollars.
Ohio ranks as ninth among states in terms of higher education debt burden with 69% of students at four-year institutions carrying an average of $29,037 of school loan debt.The taxpayers, who subsidize public higher education, receive a high return on investment when high school students earn college credit.
In the 2013-14 school year, 5,577 Stark County students completed 3 credit hour courses or equivalents. The savings estimates for these students taking advantage of post-secondary opportunities is substantial.
 See: The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, 25 Ways to Reduce the Cost of College: #2 Promote Dual Enrollment Programs at: http://centerforcollegeaffordability.org/
 2012 average for new textbook at NACS (National Association of College Stores) Research, Higher Education Retail Market Facts & Figures, 2013: See http://www.nacs.org/research/industrystatistics/higheredfactsfigures.aspx
 Tuition ranges based on Ohio summer or fall 2014 for 2 year public (low range) to state four-year (mid-range) to private four year institutions (high range) and includes applicable fees. Low range based on Stark State College tuition. Mid range based on Kent State main (including general fee) and high range on Walsh University. These are the largest public and private destinations for Stark County students.