Angelo State University is launching new summer initiatives and continuing to offer free summer housing, to entice students to accelerate their college education toward graduation.

Students enrolled in at least two courses -- or six credit hours -- or a four-credit science lab course during each of the two summer terms can live in ASU campus housing for free, as long as they maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average.

The university is also offering more core courses during the summer and summer financial aid. The summer financial aid is available for students who are eligible for Pell Grants, as well as Summer Carr Scholarships for tuition for students who qualify academically.

"Taking courses in the core curriculum during the summer can help new and first-year students stay on track to graduate in four years or less," said Javier Flores, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. "Students graduating in three years can save over $7,400 in tuition and fees, thus reducing their amount of potential debt."