SECTION 1. Chapter 15A of the General Laws, as so appearing in the 2016 edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 9B the following new section:-
Section 9C. The department shall administer the Access College Early (ACE) Program, subject to appropriation, providing needs-based financial assistance for high school students eligible for the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP). Such assistance shall be granted to students living in or attending high school in a gateway municipality, as defined in section 3A of chapter 23A, and who also qualify for or receive free or reduced-price lunch under the federally-funded school meals program. Students receiving financial assistance under the ACE Program will participate in CDEP at no cost and may earn up to 24 college credits.
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