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Two-year colleges provide a cheaper option

For 19-year-old Concord resident Miranda Cashman, the thought of asking her parents to pay $50,000 a year for a private college education didn’t make sense when she had options in the state’s public higher education system.

Cashman spent two years attending classes at Middlesex Community College in Bedford, including one year while she was still in high school, earning her associate’s degree. She will now transfer to the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the fall, majoring in geology.

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