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D.C. High School Students Getting College Degrees Saturday

By Melissa Mollet
|  Friday, May 13, 2011  |  Updated 8:58 PM EDT
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It's been two years of hard work for a group of high school students in the Early College Program at George Washington University.

Melissa Mollet

It's been two years of hard work for a group of high school students in the Early College Program at George Washington University.

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Saturday is a sort of college graduation day for some D.C. high school students.

Fourteen School Without Walls seniors are getting their associate of arts degrees from the university across the street.

The students spent their past two years of school taking a full course load of college classes at George Washington University as part of the Early College Program. All fourteen students had to apply, and now they’re just hours away from getting their degrees from GW, even though their high school graduation isn’t until next month.

The best part of the program? The two years -- almost $125,000 worth of schooling -- were totally free.

With 60 college credits under their belts, most will enter college as juniors, not freshmen. 

Seven students from the program have committed to attending GW next year. Each of them received some type of grant or scholarship.

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