School chief: You pay too much for college!

Tampa, Florida -- Parents, you're paying too much for college!

That's the message Hillsborough County school Superintendent MaryEllen Elia brought to a news conference Thursday morning.

Elia aims to show you how parents how they can save thousands of dollars. Her district -- and others -- will pay for college-level classes, if your student takes them while they're still in high school.

Elia held a news conference Thursday with students who have each saved hundreds of dollars this way.

They're taking AP classes, earning International Baccalaureate diplomas, and getting industry certifications paid for by the school district.

Just one Advanced Placement class can save more than $1,000 in tuition at a state university, and much more at a private college.

Professional certifications like food safety for culinary students and Microsoft training for technology students can also mean hundreds or thousands of dollars saved, plus an advantage in the job market for new graduates.

During the 2013 school year, Hillsborough District Schools says it saved high school parents more than $10 million this way.


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