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College requirements being sent to families with eighth graders

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DENVER – A letter from Gov. Bill Ritter containing college requirements will soon be arriving at homes of eighth graders.The letter, designed in partnership with College In Colorado, will also offer information on post secondary education opportunities and outline some of the financial assistance that is available. It is mandated by House Bill 1057 and will be sent out this month.”We want to ensure that all students in our great state of Colorado are prepared for their future,” Dawn Taylor Owens, executive director of Colorado In Colorado, said in a press release. “Students who complete a post secondary degree can earn $1 million more, over their lifetime, than those who only complete high school. This letter is one way to help families begin preparing.”Colorado established the Higher Education Admission Requirements (HEAR) for students who plan to attend any of Colorado’s public, four-year colleges or universities. The requirements go into effect in two phases. Phase I is for students graduating in 2008 and 2009. Phase II is for students graduating in 2010 or after. The following are the requirements:• Phase 1English, 4 yearsMathematics, 3 yearsScience, 3 yearsSocial Science, 3 yearsAcademic Electives, 2 years• Phase 2English, 4 yearsMathematics, 4 yearsScience, 3 yearsSocial Science, 3 yearsForeign Language, 2 yearsAcademic Electives, 2 years”We encourage students to talk to their high school guidance counselors regarding these requirements. In addition, students can create a free account on to plan their HEAR curriculum,” said Taylor Owens in the release.

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