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Governor Baker Launches Tuition-Free College Program

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

 

Charlie Baker

Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh launched a new tuition-free college affordability pilot program for Boston high school graduates. 

The new program, called The Boston Bridge, will allow low-income students to complete a four-year degree without having to pay tuition and mandatory fees. 

It will be open to all 2017 high school graduates who live in the City of Boston, including students from Boston Public School, charters, and parochial schools. 

“College affordability too often serves as a barrier for students in the Commonwealth seeking to complete a degree, and this program is intended to provide more opportunities for a quality education. We are pleased to partner with the City of Boston on this important pilot and will keep pursuing ways, like the Commonwealth Commitment, to create a runway for all students to get a quality and affordable education that can unlock a bright future,” said Governor Baker. 

The Boston Bridge 

While students attend community college, the City will cover the costs for tuition and mandatory fees, after taking into account Pell grants and discounts and credits from the Commonwealth Commitment program.

Once a student earns an associate degree, they can transfer to a Massachusetts public college or university to complete their bachelor’s degree within two years. 

While they are enrolled in a public four-year institution, the City and the Commonwealth together will cover the costs for tuition and mandatory fees, excluding room and board.

Eligibility for the Program 

Students must meet federal Pell grant income standards to qualify for the program, and must enroll full-time at either Bunker Hill Community College, Roxbury Community College, or Mass Bay Community College. 

They will be required to complete their associate’s degree within two-and-a-half years, before transferring to a Massachusetts public college or state university. 

Students who enroll in The Boston Bridge must major in one of the Mass Transfer pathways, which ensures that credits earned in any community college are accepted at any public four-year institution.

 

Related Slideshow: US News College Rankings 2016

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1.

College of the Holy Cross 

  • #32 (tie) in National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • #37 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings

 

US News Says: 

"College of the Holy Cross is a private institution that was founded in 1843. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,916, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 174 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. College of the Holy Cross's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 32. Its tuition and fees are $48,940 (2016-17)."

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2.

Assumption College 

#23 (tie) in Regional Universities North

US News Says: 

"Assumption College is a private institution that was founded in 1904. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,987, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 185 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Assumption College's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, 23. Its tuition and fees are $36,260 (2016-17)."

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3.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

  • #60 (tie) in National Universities
  • #42 in Best Value Schools
  • #18 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #36 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #83 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
  • #150 (tie) in Business Programs
  • #63 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Engineering Program

 

US News Says: 

"Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,299, its setting is city, and the campus size is 80 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Worcester Polytechnic Institute's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 60. Its tuition and fees are $46,994 (2016-17)."

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Clark University 

  • #74 (tie) in National Universities
  • #27 in Best Value Schools
  • #117 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
  • #150 (tie) in Business Programs

 

US News Says: 

"Clark University is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,397, its setting is city, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Clark University's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 74. Its tuition and fees are $43,150 (2016-17)."

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5.

Worcester State University 

  • #118 (tie) in Regional Universities North
  • #38 (tie) in Top Public Schools

 

US News Says: 

"Worcester State University is a public institution that was founded in 1874. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,514, its setting is city, and the campus size is 58 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Worcester State University's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, 118. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,857 (2015-16); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,937 (2015-16)."

 
 

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