BCPS and CCBC expand college access to students with new College 4 Free program
College 4 Free gives BCPS students the chance to enroll
in up to four CCBC courses tuition-free
Baltimore County Public Schools and the Community College of Baltimore County are giving students greater access to a college education via its new College 4 Free program. Through this new program, eligible BCPS high school juniors and seniors can enroll in up to four CCBC courses tuition-free.
College 4 Free is a new early college access program where CCBC covers 50 percent of tuition and BCPS covers the remaining 50 percent.
Participating students can earn up to four courses tuition-free while only paying for books, supplies and CCBC-required fees. Students eligible for free and reduced-price meals who enroll in courses under College 4 Free are not required to pay any CCBC fees.
"With the implementation of this new program, the tremendous value of a CCBC education has grown even greater for high school students in Baltimore County,” said Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis, CCBC president. "We have effectively removed cost as a barrier to getting a head start in higher education. Taking four college courses for little to no cost is like having a full scholarship for your first semester at CCBC.”
Many of the more than 400 BCPS students already enrolled at CCBC this fall will benefit from College 4 Free. School system officials expect the number of participants to grow this spring as information about the program becomes widely available to students.
“We encourage our students to take full advantage of this opportunity,” said Dr. Dallas Dance, BCPS superintendent. “The simple truth is that most young people will need more than a high school diploma to build the kinds of careers and earn the kinds of salaries they want. CCBC offers our students a wide range of opportunities to begin working toward a degree, get certified in a skill, or just to begin exploring career and study options.”
College 4 Free is available to students with cumulative unweighted GPAs of at least 2.50, who are certified as eligible by a BCPS professional school counselor or administrator. Students can choose from among CCBC’s credit-bearing courses within General Education or Career programs, and can take College 4 Free courses at their high school, on CCBC campuses or at the college’s extension centers. Upon successful completion of each course, students will receive college credit.
Those who wish to take more than four classes may do so as part of CCBC’s long-standing Parallel Enrollment Program with BCPS and only have to pay for books/supplies, fees, and 50 percent of tuition.
“College 4 Free extends and strengthens the already deep partnership between BCPS and CCBC,” said Dance. “We share a commitment to expanding educational opportunities for all and contributing to the economic well-being of this community. Our partnership includes professional development opportunities for BCPS professional and hourly staff as well as initiatives to better prepare BCPS students for higher education and even to earn simultaneous high school diplomas and associate of arts degrees.”
BCPS contact: Diana L. Spencer, 410-887-4243, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Providing accessible, affordable and high-quality education since 1957, CCBC educates more than 70,000 students each year, including half of all Baltimore County residents attending college in Maryland as undergraduates. Committed to student success and the development of lifelong learners who strengthen our regional workforce and enrich our community, CCBC has also been selected to participate in Achieving the Dream, a national student success initiative. In 2011, the Chronicle of Education honored CCBC as one of only 26 community colleges across the nation named “Great Colleges to Work For.”
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