DAYTON, OHIO: The state is asking all Ohio colleges and universities to join a collaborative that provides live, online tutoring to students free of charge.

The Dayton Daily News reports the Board of Regents’ goal for the Ohio eTutoring Collaborative is to enlist all 107 higher education institutions, representing more than 600,000 students.

Twenty-one schools participated in the program in fall 2011, and 2,400 students received tutoring.

Students are able to communicate with tutors in real time through audio and video, whiteboards, document sharing and instant messaging. Tutors are generally available from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day and are accessible through each college’s website.

Schools participating had been paying an annual $2,500 fee, but costs will be now be funded through the state’s eStudent Services.