UMass gets $330,000 to expand free early college program

The University of Massachusetts has received a $330,000 grant to launch a pilot program that will eventually give thousands of high school students the chance to save money on their college education by providing a free one-year head start on earning a degree, officials said Wednesday. The grant from the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation will support the university’s Commonwealth Collegiate Academy, designed to increase college opportunities among first-generation, low-income students, as well as students of color.

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