WELLESLEY HILLS, MA (December 27, 2016) — MassBay Community College is pleased to announce Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has expanded the City of Boston’s Tuition-Free Community College Plan, which pays for up to three years of community college for eligible Boston Public School graduates, to include MassBay as a participating college. The addition of MassBay to this program now gives Boston Public School graduates three community college options to choose from under the free tuition program.
"Increasing the choices for students enrolled in the Tuition-Free Community College Plan will further strengthen this successful program and allow us to reach more children," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "The more colleges that students can attend, the more pathways to economic stability we can provide for our young people."
MassBay Community College is a multi-campus college with a 55-year history of preparing students for transfer to four-year colleges or universities, direct entry into the workforce, and ongoing education.
"MassBay has a long tradition of providing affordable, high-quality pathways to top-notch bachelor degree programs and meaningful careers," said Dr. David Podell, president of MassBay Community College. "We are thrilled to partner with the city to increase college access and expand options for the Boston students who need it most."
The Tuition-Free Community College Plan had previously only enrolled eligible students attending Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) and Roxbury Community College (RCC). The inclusion of MassBay Community College provides plan enrollees with greater choice of both location and academics. MassBay operates campuses in Wellesley, Framingham and Ashland. MassBay also adds more available programs of study, such as automotive technology, interior design, and marketing.
Mayor Walsh announced the launch of the Tuition-Free Community College Plan last spring with the goal of helping more Boston students afford and complete college. In order to assist students in completing college, the plan matches all enrolled students with Success Boston coaches who can help them navigate the challenges of higher education. In its first semester, the Tuition-Free Community College Plan has enrolled 41 students, a number that is expected to rise as the plan's benefits become more widely known.
The Tuition-Free Community College Plan is funded by the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development (OWD), part of the Boston Planning & Development Agency, and the Neighborhood Jobs Trust, a public charitable trust fed by linkage fees generated by large-scale commercial building projects in the city.
“Providing opportunities for Boston’s young people to attend community college tuition-free is a direct benefit of Boston’s strong economy,” said Director of the Boston Planning and Development Agency Brian Golden. “I am pleased we are able to use funds from the Neighborhood Jobs Trust to make positive investments that will have long lasting impacts in our community.
To learn more about the Tuition-Free Community College Plan, or to apply, please visit: www.bostonpublicschools.org/tuition-free-college
For more information on MassBay Community College; www.MassBay.edu
.MassBay Community College was recently ranked by the Brookings Institution as one of the top schools for value added and earned salaries in the workforce. Ranked #1 for 2-year colleges in Massachusetts, #2 in New England and ranked #16 nationally. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.