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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 28 Baltimore County high schools to take up to 4 community college classes 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 4-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 4 classes may also be eligible to receive a 50% tuition discount.

Many 2-year colleges offer free courses for high school students, as do a few 4-year institutions, including Marlboro College in Vermont.

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