AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The city of Aurora and Loyola University are teaming up to offer a free college program to graduates of the Chicago suburb’s high schools.

Loyola began an associate’s degree program in 2015 called Arrupe College. It is geared toward low-income students who meet certain grade requirements. They complete credit hours which are transferable to most Illinois higher education institutions. The vast majority graduate without debt.

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Under the new collaboration Aurora officials announced this month that they will target about 25 to 50 recent graduates.

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Aurora spokesman Clayton Muhammad says students will go through the traditional federal financial aid process and the rest of their tuition will be covered by institution-based aid. He says city officials are also working on other support, like paying for public transportation.

The students can begin classes as early as January 2020.

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