CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is praising the City Colleges of Chicago for increasing the size of a program that allows high school students to earn college credit for free.

City Colleges will offer 100 seats at each of seven colleges in the Dual Enrollment program beginning spring semester, which starts Jan. 17. That adds up to 2,100 seats over three semesters.

The program allows students to apply credits to degree programs through City Colleges or transfer them to a four-year college.

Course schedules are available online. Students must have qualifying test scores, at least a 2.5 grade point average and a 90 percent attendance rate. The program is open to high school juniors and seniors.

Students can contact their high school advisers for more information.


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