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Community College of Baltimore County
Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland

Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland

The deal: Free community college classes for high school students.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is pushing to make in-state community colleges free, but Maryland's Community College of Baltimore County, or CCBC, is already offering deals for area high school students. The College 4 Free program allows juniors and seniors at 26 Baltimore County high schools to take up to four community college classes for free. That's equal to one semester of college.

"One of the advantages of a program like College 4 Free is that smart, talented young people in the high schools often will sign up for Advanced Placement classes, and yet many four-year institutions are no longer accepting scores of 3 or 4 to equate the college credit. Instead you have to have a 5," says CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis, Ph.D. "By taking the actual college class instead of the Advanced Placement class, most (students) will earn a good grade."

Advanced Placement tests are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest.

Students who enroll in more than four classes may also be eligible to receive a 50 percent tuition discount.

Many two-year colleges offer free courses for high school students, as do a few four-year institutions, including Marlboro College in Vermont and Hunter College in New York.

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