Chicago-area college offers free tuition to select students

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ALGONQUIN, Ill. — A suburban Chicago community college is offering a free year of classes to select high school seniors.

The Daily Herald reports  Elgin Community College is partnering with Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300 on the program. It will allow seniors to take classes in arts, science and applied science that will count toward a two-year associate degree.

When they graduate, students may choose to finish their degree at ECC or transfer the credits to another Illinois college or university.

Ben Churchill is the district’s chief academic officer. He says the program will provide “a real jump-start” on a college education and be a “significant cost savings to families.”

The newspaper says no other suburban school district has a dual-credit program that offers a full year of tuition-free college courses.