Low-income high school students in Vermont may be eligible for $150 vouchers to help them afford a jump-start on college. About 350 stipends, available on a first-come, first-served basis, will cover the costs of "dual enrollment," such as fees, books and travel.

The Vermont Legislature appropriated $50,000 this spring to support low-income students who might otherwise not be able to take advantage of the chance to take college courses while still in high school. Dual enrollment students who also are eligible for free- and reduced-price lunch can apply for the vouchers.

More than 1,600 students participated in dual enrollment last year, a figure that more than doubled since the program's inception, according to a news release from the Vermont Student Assistance Corp., which administers the program.



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