The Boston Bridge combines the benefits of the Tuition-Free Community College Plan with the benefits of Commonwealth Commitment, a state plan that makes the continuation to four-year college more affordable. Through the Boston Bridge, you can attend one of TFCC’s participating community colleges and then transfer to one of Massachusetts’ four-year state schools to finish your bachelor’s degree at no cost.
A bachelor’s degree is a very worthwhile goal. Bachelor’s degree holders make, on average, nearly $20,000 more per year than those who earn only an associate degree! Just remember that pursuing a bachelor’s, and saving money through the Boston Bridge, will require extra work and commitment. You may be a good fit for the Boston Bridge program if you:
To be eligible for this program, you must:
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:
Commonwealth Commitment to Students:
To view a fact sheet on the Commonwealth Commitment, please click here. If you have questions about this program, please contact Kandley Val at 857-701-1207.
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:
To be eligible, you must:
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 TuitionFree@boston.gov or call the City of Boston help line at 3-1-1.
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 will receive $250 each semester for up to three years of college-related expenses, such as books or transportation
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 TuitionFree@boston.gov or call the City of Boston help line at 3-1-1.