Ohio senior citizens can earn college tuition by volunteering

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Residents in northeastern Ohio at least 60-years-old can earn college tuition credits by volunteering at youth-oriented programs.

“GIVE back. GO forward” is a pilot program announced recently at Youngstown State University. It allows seniors who volunteer at least 100 hours at certain organizations to earn three credit hours at Youngstown State University or Eastern Gateway Community College.

The program was developed by state officials with support from Gov. John Kasich.

Officials hope the pilot can be expanded.

Volunteers have until May 31, 2016, to earn 100 service hours. They can earn one tuition waiver per year and it must be used within five years.

Youngstown and Eastern Gateway will each provide 50 tuition waivers. The volunteers can give their tuition waivers to students.

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