First class of Star scholars set to embark on college careers

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CHICAGO -- The first class of Star scholars will begin their college careers Monday, and they will be doing it for free.

The program launched last fall by the mayor's office and City Colleges gives free tuition and books to students that meet certain educational benchmarks.

For many the program means a college education they probably couldn’t afford to get.

City Colleges worked with more than 150 companies and four-year institutions on setting the curriculums in an effort to make sure graduates are ready for the workforce or to go on and get their bachelor's degree.

The initial cost of the program according to the city is around $2 million dollars. The city says after that initial money runs out, City Colleges will begin to budget for the Star scholars in its regular budget.