Local districts, TCC, UTA team up for $10,000 degree program

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

ARLINGTON - A four-year college degree for $10,000 from the University of Texas at Arlington is the incentive and opportunity created by an agreement signed Wednesday between Tarrant County College, UT-Arlington and Arlington and Mansfield ISDs.

Under the plan, this fall's juniors who successfully complete 24 semester credit hours of dual credit college courses in their junior and senior years of high school can transition seamlessly into Tarrant County College, and then complete the final two years at UT-Arlington.

It's designed to be one five-year-long pipeline, with students graduating after three years in college. High-performing transfer students would be eligible for a UT-Arlington scholarship of up to $10,000. If students meet all requirements and qualify for the scholarship, costs and fees could be under $10,000, a savings of $25,000.

UT-Arlington and TCC will provide additional academic advisers to ensure students take courses accepted towards their bachelor's degree from the four-year institution. School officials say incoming juniors need to contact counselors for details, and be prepared to commit to five years of hard work and sacrifice.

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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