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McAuliffe, Mason, NOVA announce new partnership to help students earn a degree, save money

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and officials at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College announced a new partnership between the two schools Tuesday. (Jeff Goldberg/ABC7)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and officials at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College announced a new partnership between the two schools Tuesday.

ADVANCE: A NOVA Mason Partnership, is designed to help students move from a two-year college program to complete a four-year undergraduate degree, according to a press release issued by the two schools.

ADVANCE is expected to increase graduation rates and to save time and money for students while working with employers to create programs targeted at critical workforce needs.

Students will be enabled to coordinate a plan to take them from admission to NOVA all the way through graduation from Mason, including financial aid and incentives. A dedicated advisor will work with students throughout the four-year plan.

With almost 3,000 NOVA students transferring to Mason each year, the new program could possibly save a full year of tuition if they earn a four-year Mason degree two years after transferring from NOVA, according to the statement.

Northern Virginia Community College has more than 75,000 students on its six campuses, including Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge and its Extended Learning Institute, making it the largest institution of higher education in Virginia.

With 35,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states, Mason is Virginia’s largest public research university.

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