- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Next school year, high school students in the Billings area will be able to earn college credit for some classes without paying tuition costs.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1O5v9i7 ) that Gov. Steve Bullock announced the one-year pilot program on Tuesday morning. He said in a statement that the program, called High School Connections, will save millions of dollars in college tuition for Montana families and better prepare students for higher education.

The college-level courses will offer students credit at any school in the Montana University System. Currently, students pay about $50 per credit and may face extra costs for things like books.

School District 2 Superintendent Terry Bouck called the fee waiver a “game changer” that will level the playing field for students who might want to take the courses.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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