The Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, in partnership with Boston Public Schools, has rolled out the Tuition-Free Community College Plan to help BPS grads like you better afford college. Ready to get started? Here's the step-by-step process:
STEP 1: DETERMINE IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM
To be eligible, you must:
- Graduate from a high school in Boston (BPS, private, or charter school) within the past 12 months
- Have a grade-point average of at least 2.0
- Be able to complete community college in 3 years
- Be eligible for a Pell Grant, as determined by the FAFSA
- Require no more than three developmental courses by the start of the semester
- Be a Boston resident
- Have low to moderate household income, per HUD guidelines
A note for non-US citizens: Even if you cannot apply for the Pell Grant, certain categories of non-US citizens – including DACA and TPS – remain eligible to receive a small amount of financial support through the plan. Email TuitionFreeCollege@boston.gov to learn more.
STEP 2: UNDERSTAND WHICH EXPENSES THE PLAN COVERS
After the Pell Grant is applied, the Tuition-Free Community College Plan covers the remaining costs of tuition and mandatory fees. Students whose tuition and fees are already fully covered by the Pell Grant may be able to receive up to $1,000 over three years for college-related expenses instead. Check the application website below for updates.
To learn more about the plan, visit www.bostonpublicschools.org/tuition-free-college. This website includes details on eligibility and coverage as well as tips for preparing for college. (The portal can be found under the "Students & Families" menu on the BPS website.) For questions, email TuitionFreeCollege@boston.gov or call the city hotline, BOS:311, at 3-1-1.
STEP 3: APPLY TO THE PROGRAM
Visit www.bostonpublicschools.org/tuition-free-college to apply.
STEP 4: COMPLETE THE FAFSA
Visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and list RCC as your college of choice.
STEP 5: APPLY TO RCC
Complete the application form.
STEP 6: SCHEDULE YOUR PLACEMENT TEST
Contact our Testing Department at 617-708-3628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEP 7: MEET YOUR ADVISOR*, REGISTER FOR CLASS, AND PAY YOUR BILL.
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Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh are teaming up to make college more affordable than ever before for Boston students. The Boston Bridge, a collaboration between the city's Tuition-Free Community College Plan and the state's Commonwealth Commitment program, allows students to earn their associate and bachelor's degrees, free of tuition and mandatory fees. The Boston Bridge is a pilot program – meaning it may be a limited-time offer – so take advantage while you can!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- Opportunity to earn BOTH associate and bachelor's degrees, free of tuition and mandatory fees
- Money each semester to help with school-related expenses
AFTER I GRADUATE FROM RCC, WHAT COLLEGES CAN I TRANSFER TO?
- University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth or Lowell)
- Bridgewater State University
- Fitchburg State University
- Framingham State University
- Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt)
- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
- Massachusetts Maritime Academy
- Salem State University
- Westfield State University
- Worcester State University
HOW DO I DETERMINE IF I'M ELIGIBLE?
To be eligible for this program, you must:
- Meet Tuition-Free Community College Plan requirements
- Have < 15 community college credits to start
- Finish your associate's degree in 2.5 years
- Finish your bachelor's degree in 2 years
- Attend school continuously, full-time
- Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA
- Commit to one of the many popular majors listed at www.bostonpublicschools.org/BostonBridge
READY TO APPLY?
Follow the steps listed in the step-by-step guide for the Tuition-Free Community College Plan; however, when you complete the Tuition-Free Community College Plan application, make sure you check the box that says "I am interested in the Boston Bridge." A representative will contact you to guide you through the application process. After you complete the Boston Bridge application, proceed to Step 4.
HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PROGRAM?
Contact: RCC's Enrollment Office at 617-541-5320 or Jeremy Daley at email@example.com or 617-708-3740. Or, visit www.bosotnpublicschools.org/BostonBridge; or, Call LaKeisha Franklin at 617-918-5285.
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The Commonwealth Commitment
New students at Roxbury Community College may be eligible to participate in the Commonwealth Commitment, a new program offered through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The program makes a college education more affordable for MA residents.
Students Commit To:
- Begin at one of Massachusetts' Community Colleges
- Complete associate degree within 2.5 years
- Transfer to one of Massachusetts' State Universities or UMass campuses
- Complete bachelor's degree within 2 more years
- Maintain full time, continuous enrollment and a cumulative 3.0 GPA
Commonwealth Commitment to Students:
- A freeze on tuition & fees for all four years upon entry into the Commonwealth Commitment program, until student graduates or leaves program.
- A reduction in tuition & mandatory fees
- A tuition & mandatory fees rebate
- An additional MassTransfer tuition credit once student enrolls in bachelor's program
To view a fact sheet on the Commonwealth Commitment, please click here. If you have questions about this program, please contact our Advising Office at 617-541-5327.