EL PASO, Texas -

It's almost unheard of, but at one Texas university it's becoming a reality -- a four-year degree for a little less than $10,000.

Officials at the Texas A&M University San Antonio campus announced its new program Thursday morning.

The program begins at the high school level where students take dual credit courses for two years, complete one year at any of the participating Alamo Colleges and finish the fourth year at TAMUSA.

At the completion of the program, a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences with an emphasis on Information Technology.

The total cost: $9,672.

ABC-7 spoke with students who were surprised to hear the amount of a four-year degree.

"You don't hear of that now. College is so expensive now and a lot of people don't even go because of financial reasons," said Cynthia Chavez, a freshman at UTEP.

But a similar program in the Sun City could help students save a chunk of cash.

The Early College High School at El Paso Community College allows students earn up to 60 credit hours of college courses for free, which translates to about two years of courses.

The program can save students about $4,600 in tuition and fees.

Students who complete the program can go on to a four-year university, like UTEP, to finish the last two years.

Right now 60 hours at UTEP costs students about $14,000, and that price could change in the next week.

The University of Texas Board of Regents will meet on April 12th to decide if the students will see an increase in college costs this fall semester.