SOUTH JERSEY (CBS) — A novel idea is coming to one South Jersey school: enroll simultaneously in two higher education institutions to earn that bachelors degree.

Gloucester County College is teaming up with Rowan University to encourage high school seniors to enroll in both schools at the same time. Pursue a liberal studies degree, and you can start at the County College. Complete your studies there and, assuming you maintain a passing average, automatically move on to Rowan. A student can shave $20,000 off the four year cost of doing that separately.

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“We can provide opportunity to our young talented students to stay here, to get the education at an affordable price, get the excellence that they deserve so that they become successful citizens, so that they pay their taxes and stay here,” Interim Rowan President Dr. Ali Houshmand says.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney, a proponent of this plan, would like to see similar partnerships across New Jersey.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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