The Department of Higher Education wants to change that, starting with kids in high school.
Half of Arkansas students have to take remediation in college, so they're actually going to class, wasting time and tuition for classes they don't get credit for.
But Higher Ed Director Shane Broadway says they're trying to change that by letting students take those remedial classes while they're still in high school.
The idea was piloted in the Bearden School District where students were allowed to enroll at SAU Tech.
The district paid for the classes and textbooks.
Superintendent Denny Rozenberg says 85 percent of his students passed the college classes, and now they can go straight to work on their degrees when they hit campus.
"It helps them build confidence that they're ready to go to college because they're actually in college, and a lot of students may take one semester of remedial courses, the second semester, they may actually start in on the college courses," Rozenberg says.
Monday morning, lawmakers had a lot of questions about the program in a rules and regulations meeting, such as whether remediation classes taken at one state school would be transferrable to another.
The higher ed committee will take a closer look at the proposal, but once it's approved, Broadway says the option will go to every district in the state.