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Texas public colleges to offer four-year degrees for less than $10,000

Officials from several Texas universities and community colleges announced Tuesday a plan to make college tuition more affordable for students, laying out several ways in which they can earn four-year degrees for less than $10,000, the Huffington Post reports. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Chairman Fred Heldenfels touted the new degrees in a SXSW panel on higher education, the Texas Tribune reported. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) called, in his 2011 State of the State address, for lower-cost alternatives to traditional bachelor’s degree programs, citing climbing levels of student debt and soaring tuition costs in the state. The first degree, a B.S. in information technology with an emphasis on cyber-security, will be offered at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and cost approximately $9,700. Starting this fall, students may begin college coursework during their junior year of high school. After graduation, they must complete one year of community college and then transfer to Texas A&M, San Antonio to finish…

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