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Lowering the cost of higher education

New Hampshire high school students get a "Running Start" toward college degrees

An innovative program offered in partnership with the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) is giving high school students a jump on earning college credits. The program called Running Start allows students to take college courses that count toward both high school and collegecredit. Courses are taught at high schools by teachers with college-level teaching credentials who use acollege syllabus and course materials. Moreover, tuition for Running Start is half of what it would be in college.

Even better, science, technology, engineering and math courses can be taken at no cost, and credits are transferable to many colleges and universities for up to two courses per year per student. The programnot only accelerates college advancement but also can lead to quality jobs and careers with New Hampshire businesses. Bank of America has supported the program over the past seven years with $200,000 in funding.

With Running Start, students who thought a college education would be too expensive now have a means to achieve their ambitions, which is one of the pillars of Bank of America’s $1.25 billion, five-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity.