RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is launching a new grant program aimed at making higher education affordable for more students.

The grants will be given to two- and four-year higher education institutions that have a partnership with a pre-K through 12th grade program.

The money will allow higher education institutions to implement and expand programs that help students get early college credit and improve completion rates.

As many as four institutions will receive grants up to $140,000 each.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the money will ensure the state’s higher education system is “accessible and affordable for all Virginia students.”