Dual enrollment programs offer a wide range of students many advantages, and many families would say cost savings is at the top of the list. There is a huge cost savings to students and families, students have the opportunity to experience college in high school, and it shortens their path to their degree. Students, particularly those who are preparing to be first-generation college students, gain a great deal of confidence by being successful in these courses, knowing that they can negotiate challenging texts and ideas and take more ownership over their own learning. The most remarkable benefit of dual enrollment is that it cultivates a college-centric perspective--one rooted in success. Dual enrollment programs are no longer just for high achieving students like they were several decades ago. There are now several models of postsecondary education that dual enrollment fits into. Dual enrollment programs are also a good fit for home schooled students. One major risk to these programs is that students participating in these programs do generate a college transcript, so poor performance in a course can have some negative impact in the longer run. School counselors are advised to work with and make sure students and families are aware that there is some risk to having a poor grade in a course, however many dual enrollment programs closely monitor and support their student's academic performance to mitigate the risk of a student earning a poor grade.