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Massachusetts Announces Affordable College Plan

The Baker administration announced an initiative Thursday to make public higher education in Massachusetts more affordable. 

Governor Charlie Baker and the leaders of the state’s public education system announced a program that will allow students to seamlessly transfer from a community college to a four-year public university and through rebates and tuition waivers save about $5,000 on the cost of a bachelor’s degree.

Monica Perez, interim vice president of Academic Affairs at Holyoke Community College praised the initiative.

"The over-arching goal here is to ensure that we have more opportunities for students to attend college at more reasonable cost," she said.

The program would be offered in 24 majors. To qualify, students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

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