In “Remedial Classes Have Become a Hidden Cost of College,” Danielle Douglas-Gabriel reports that one in four students enroll into a remedial class in their first year of college. These classes, though, can get pricey; Education Reform Now’s report states that students pay an additional $3,000 on average for remedial classes.
On top of that, the research shows that “full-time undergraduate students who take such courses their first year are 74 percent more likely to drop out of college” (Douglas-Gabriel).
One solution that Complete College America supports is corequisite courses, which allow students to receive remediation at the same time they take credit-bearing courses. Several states, including Connecticut and Tennessee, have made great strides in including such classes within schools’ course offerings.
Douglas-Gabriel, Danielle. “Remedial classes have become a hidden cost of college.” The Washington Post. The Washington Post, 6 April 2016. Web. 13 April 2016.