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JAMESTOWN — GTCC has a new deal to help its graduates earn a bachelor’s degree for no more than $10,000.

The arrangement signed this week with Fayetteville State University — called the $10K Pathway Plan — is open to GTCC graduates who want to pursue one of these five degrees: criminal justice, fire and emergency services administration, business administration, psychology and sociology.

Students enrolled at FSU through the $10K Pathway Plan will take their classes online.

In a statement put out by the university, Chancellor James Anderson called the plan “one of the nation’s most affordable pathways to a bachelor’s degree.”

According to Fayetteville State’s website, tuition and fees for two years at a community college and two more years at Fayetteville State usually come to about $13,000. Fayetteville State has promised to award student scholarships to bring that total below $10,000. The university said students who qualify for financial aid might pay less.

The $10,000-or-less guarantee does not cover the cost of housing, meals, health insurance or other personal expenses. The program is open only to North Carolina residents who get an associate’s degree before enrolling at FSU.

Fayetteville State has similar $10K Pathway Plans with three other N.C. community colleges, including Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, and plans to announce two others soon.

GTCC and Fayetteville State are among the 31 members of The Frontier Set, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation effort to improve student access to and success in college and help more low-income and minority students get degrees.

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