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More than half of community colleges are too expensive for low-income students

Lyric Young’s financial experience in community college was luckier than most.

Yet she is now struggling to afford to continue her education at a public four-year college.

Young, who lives in Manhattan, was part of the City University of New York’s Accelerated Study in Associate Program, while she attended Borough of Manhattan Community College. Known as ASAP, the program covered her tuition, books and transportation during her time at BMCC.

The idea behind the program: If students’ college expenses are covered, they’ll be able to keep up their grades and complete their associate’s degree relatively quickly.

That was the case for Young, 21, who finished her associate’s degree in liberal arts in two years and one semester.

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