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Erie Community College and St. John Fisher College in suburban Rochester have announced a “2+2” partnership agreement under which ECC students who complete a prescribed two-year course of study for their associate degrees are guaranteed acceptance at Fisher to continue work toward their bachelor’s degrees over the next two years.

The arrangement, signed Monday by ECC President Jack Quinn and St. John Fisher President Donald Bain, is the fourth such agreement for Fisher, a private liberal arts college in the Catholic tradition.

Bain pointed out that transfers comprise an important part of the Fisher student body.

The school has similar “2+2” agreements with Corning, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Mohawk Valley, Monroe and Onondaga community colleges.

Quinn noted the benefits of such transfer agreements for students and families interested in higher education but concerned with tuition costs.

Tuition at ECC is just under $4,000. Annual tuition at Fisher is nearly $28,000.

In a news release, Quinn said, “Every year, students attempt unsuccessful transitions from high school to college, and their families lose thousands of tuition dollars in the process.

“Here at ECC, we can guide these students through affordable college courses while they decide on a viable program path. And, once they’re ready, they can take their accumulated credits on a four-year path at a top-tier institution like St. John Fisher College.”

For more information about Erie Community College, visit www.ecc.edu; for more information on St. John Fisher College, visit www.sjfc.edu.