BOSTON >> Massachusetts has awarded $910,000 to 22 public colleges to help high school students get a head start on college classes.

The state Department of Higher Education said Monday that the grants will expand a program that offers free or low-cost college classes to some high school students. More than 3,000 students are expected to enroll in the program this year, about 1,000 more than last year.

Grant winners include the University of Massachusetts Boston, Fitchburg State University and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, which offer a variety of courses to high-schoolers.

The program, known as the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership, is meant to give students a head start on college.

Education officials hope to increase the number of low-income and minority students in the program.