WASHINGTON (AP) – District of Columbia public school students will soon get the opportunity to take classes at Howard University for free.

City and university officials announced the program on Wednesday. Starting this fall, it will open to students at two selective high schools, Benjamin Banneker and McKinley Technology. Officials say over the next three years, the program will expand to all public high schools in the District as other universities are brought into the fold.

Students who maintain a 3.0 grade-point average and submit a personal essay and a letter of recommendation will be eligible to take up to two Howard courses per semester and one during the summer. They’ll earn both high school and college credit for their course work.

Howard is one of the nation’s pre-eminent historically black universities.