Malloy Announces Launch Of Program Offering Free Courses To College Dropouts

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Gov. Malloy on Monday announced the launch of a program that offers free college courses at state institutions to state residents who dropped out of college.

The Go Back To Get Ahead program was created under legislation passed by the General Assembly this session. Participants may receive up to three free 3-credit courses at any of the state’s 17 community colleges or universities in the Board of Regents system.

Residents who took courses before Dec. 1, 2012 but did not complete their degree are eligible for the program. The governor’s office estimates that 65,000 students are eligible, and is launching a public media campaign to encourage enrollment in the program.

“This program is a great opportunity for students who want to finish an education they started,” said Board of Regents President Dr. Gregory Gray. “But they need to act quickly, because we expect Go Back to Get Ahead to be very popular, and available funding for the program is limited.”

“There are several hundred thousand adults in Connecticut who have not completed their bachelor’s degree,” Malloy said.  “When a student starts college and doesn’t complete their degree, it’s a lost opportunity for the student, the college, and Connecticut’s economy.

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