NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The University of New Haven (UNH) and Gateway Community College have announced a new affiliation.

It’s meant to provide a smooth transition for Gateway students who have completed their Associate degree to join the UNH community. The program will guarantee students at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and up to 90 credit hours to attend transfer, advising, and partner events at UNH.

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It takes about under two weeks to find out if a student has been admitted to the university. Students meeting the minimum GPA requirement will be eligible for a merit-based transfer scholarship for up to $24,000 per year.

The agreement also features a “respite program” in which UNH students can enroll at Gateway for a semester to refocus themselves academically or lower their tuition.

There will be a ceremony at Gateway’s Downtown New Haven campus Thursday at 2 p.m. to officially sign the agreement.