SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's educational system has been cited for its low college tuition rates and for preparing students for college.
The Education Commission of the States has selected Utah and Florida as joint winners of this year's Frank Newman Award for State Innovation, which recognizes excellence in shaping education policy.
The commission says Utah's achievements extended to school districts, as the state is a top performer in preparing students for higher education.
The commission cited Utah's New Century Scholarship Program, which pays 75 percent of tuition for the junior and senior years of college if the student earns an associate's degree by the end of summer after his or her senior year of high school.
It also said Utah has one of the most affordable higher education systems in the nation with relatively low tuition.
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