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BEND, Ore. (AP) — Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University-Cascades have teamed up to allow students to become admitted to both schools simultaneously in pursuit of four-year degrees.

The Bulletin reports that with the new Degree Partnership Program, students starting at COCC can declare as “bachelor’s-degree seeking” and become jointly admitted to both schools, which will allow them to access OSU-Cascades advisers while they attend COCC.

Becky Johnson, vice president of OSU-Cascades, said this will help students avoid classes at COCC that wouldn’t help them toward their eventual bachelor’s degrees, saving them money and time.

ohnson said students will only have to pay one application fee. Students applying to the program must meet OSU admission requirements, which include a “recommended” minimum 3.0 high school GPA and submission of official ACT or SAT scores.