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Puerto Rico eliminates U.S. college entrance exam fees

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor says public school students will no longer have to pay to take the standardized entrance exams required by all colleges in the U.S. territory.

Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Thursday that the government will pay the $46 fee and offer the test at public schools during school hours. Previously, students had to pay for the exam themselves and travel to another location to take the test on a weekend.

Garcia said the initiative is part of a $1.2 million program to promote higher education.

About 17 percent of 2.4 million Puerto Ricans who are 25 or older have a bachelor’s degree.

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