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Pittsburgh, Aug. 18, 2009 – With the cost of higher education continuously increasing for students and parents, now more than ever is an ideal time for high school students to consider taking college-level courses. Many can do that through La Roche College’s Scholar Program – at minimal costs.

The Scholar Program allows students to experience the academic challenge of college classes while they are still in high school. Scholar acts as a partner in the continuum of education, helping to prepare high school students for the transition into college and into the community of learners, according to Program Director Chiara Sauret. Through Scholar, students remain in their high school setting while using college-level textbooks and taking part in classes taught by their own high school teachers, who are certified adjunct professors at La Roche College.

“We find that most students like having the convenience of being taught in their own school by their own teachers, although there are some students who are required to take classes on campus at La Roche,” Sauret said.

This year, La Roche has added 10 new teachers and three new high schools: Cornell High School in Coraopolis; Burrell High School in Lower Burrell; and Thomas Jefferson High School in Jefferson Hills. These schools and teachers join a number of others in the Pittsburgh area who partner with La Roche. (List follows.)

In addition to the convenience of taking classes at their schools, students also benefit from the pricing structure of Scholar courses. A three-credit course that transfers to La Roche costs $130. Currently, the cost per tuition hour for an undergraduate class is $525 per credit hour. Scholar classes are offered in both the fall and spring semesters.

“The savings is significant,” Sauret said. “You can see why this is a benefit to families who are looking at reducing the cost of college. Taking these classes now – which will transfer later – makes good sense.”

In addition to the three new school members, the Scholar Program participating high schools are: Aliquippa Senior High School, Ambridge High School, Baldwin High School, Bishop Canevin High School, Central Catholic High School, Franklin Regional Senior High School, Hampton High School, Mount Alvernia High School, North Allegheny Senior High School, North Catholic High School, North Hills Senior High, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School, Pine-Richland High School, Quigley Catholic High School, Saint Joseph High School, Shaler Area High School, Serra Catholic High School, Seton-La Salle Catholic High School and West Mifflin Area High School.

Students who are juniors or seniors at one of the partner high schools are eligible to enroll in the Scholar Program. They must be recommended by their teachers and should follow the application instructions contained within program information that is sent to the high school liaison.

For more information on the Scholar Program, please contact Chiara Sauret at 412-536-1286 or

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