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Oklahoma City high school graduates offered free college degree

The OKC-GO 2.0 program covers the cost of tuition and fees at Oklahoma City Community College, saving students about $10,000, officials say.
by Kathryn McNutt Modified: May 12, 2014 at 11:31 pm •  Published: May 13, 2014

High school graduates can save about $10,000 while earning an associate’s degree through a revamped program at Oklahoma City Community College.

The OKC-GO program, instituted a dozen years ago, allowed eligible high school graduates to attend OCCC tuition-free. The updated version of the program — called OKC-GO 2.0 — has all of the same benefits of the initial program, but also waives the fees and removes the time limit to graduation.

Why the change?

“We’re focusing on degree completion,” said Jon Horinek, OCCC director of recruitment and admissions. “We wanted to make sure they had the support they need to continue and get a degree.”

With both tuition and fees covered, an OCCC degree is virtually free, saving each student more than $10,000, he said.

Graduates from Oklahoma City Public Schools, selected public charter high schools and Western Heights High School are eligible for OKC-GO 2.0, regardless of income or GPA.

“It’s as close to a guaranteed degree as you can get,” Horinek said. “The OKC-GO 2.0 program is trying to eliminate some of the biggest barriers to completing a degree: cost and time.”

Previously, the program expired after three years or 61 credit hours, which was not realistic for some students, he said.

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by Kathryn McNutt
Higher Education Reporter
Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from...
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