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Hassan Introduces Bill Inspired By New Hampshire's Early College Program

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Senator Maggie Hassan is meeting with students in Nashua on Tuesday to discuss a bill she's sponsoring to expand early college programs for high-schoolers.

The bill - Fast Track To and Through College - is inspired by New Hampshire's own college high school dual enrollment program, Running Start, which allows high schoolers to enroll in community college classes that count toward college credit. 

Senator Hassan says her bill would expand this type of program nationally, offering grants to participating states and to low-income students who want to get a jump-start on earning credits. 

“What we're really talking about is giving kids a pathway to higher education that is affordable and accessible and meets them where they are,” she says.

The bill would require all public universities and colleges in participating states to accept credit from these early college programs. It is co-sponsored by Indiana Republican Senator Todd Young.

Hassan will meet with staff and students at Nashua Community College at 9 a.m.

Sarah Gibson joined NHPR's newsroom in 2018. She reports on education and demographics.

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