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The Boston Bridge is a collaboration between the city’s Tuition-Free Community College Plan and the state’s Commonwealth Commitment program. The program is designed to help students afford both community college and the final two years of their bachelor’s degree at a four-year college. Boston Bridge students must meet the eligibility requirements of both programs in order to stay enrolled, but the payoff is significant: Boston Bridge students have the opportunity to earn both their associate and bachelor’s degrees for free.
As a Boston Bridge student, you will earn the benefits of the Tuition-Free Community College Plan, as well as:
DACA/TPS students are not eligible at this time.
Use this helpful interactive guide to learn which associate degrees at Bunker Hill Community College, Massasoit Community College, MassBay Community College, or Roxbury Community College can lead into which bachelor’s degrees at particular four-year colleges.
You can attend any UMass campus or Massachusetts state university. See the list below or this map of UMass campuses and state universities.
UMass-AmherstUMass-BostonUMass-DartmouthUMass-LowellBridgewater State UniversityFitchburg State UniversityFramingham State UniversityMassachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt)Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsMassachusetts Maritime AcademySalem State UniversityWestfield State UniversityWorcester State University
You should apply for the Boston Bridge at the same time that you enroll in the Tuition-Free Community College Plan. If you are worried about meeting the Boston Bridge eligibility requirements, just know that there is no extra penalty for enrolling and then falling short of those requirements. You would simply no longer be enrolled in the program. (However, you may remain in the Tuition-Free Community College Plan for as long as you meet its eligibility requirements.)
On your Tuition-Free Community College Plan application, simply check the box that says, “I'm interested in the Boston Bridge.” You will then receive information on how to apply.
For more information or questions, contact our Office of Admissions at email@example.com or 781-239-2500.