Framingham State University is now accepting applications from high school students hoping to get a head start on completing college requirements by taking tuition-free undergraduate courses at the university.
A limited number of scholarships are offered for qualified students who select on-campus or online courses and receive full university and high school credit upon successful completion. The program is made available through a state Department of Higher Education Dual Enrollment Program grant.
The program, which launched at Framingham State in 2008, has underwritten tuition and fees for more than 165 courses taken by area high school students during the past four years.
Dual Enrollment programs are widely used to introduce high school students to the requirements and responsibilities of study at the university level. Participants get a jump start on their university education earning advanced credit, gaining insights as to their academic and career interests, and developing an understanding of the higher education process, according to a prepared statement released by Framingham State.
While dual enrollment programs offer opportunities for all students, they are particularly beneficial for those who will be the first in their immediate family to obtain a four year college diploma.
Study in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, is encouraged but not required. Students selecting STEM courses will be given particular, but not sole consideration.
Fall 2012 Dual Enrollment applications can be submitted as late as Friday, August 24, 2012, but a rolling admission process starting on August 15 will allow early acceptance.
Applicants are encouraged to submit documentation as soon as possible so as to ensure full consideration for one of the limited number of Dual Enrollment course vouchers that are available.
More information about the Dual Enrollment Program at Framingham State can be found at the school's website.
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