BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana university leaders have moved forward with creating one application to streamline admissions for all colleges and universities statewide.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that Montana University System leaders aim to create a system that allows prospective students to apply to any Montana institution with the same application, modeled after the nationwide Common Application program.

Leaders say the system would also allow students to get information about financial aid, registration and credit requirements for each campus.

School officials say students currently must fill out separate applications to apply to each institution.

Officials say the system would help promote access and equity in college admissions.

Officials say the online system portal could be functioning by next fall.

The Board of Regents also discussed a unified recruiting effort.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com