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MassReconnect: Free Community College for Adults 25+ at MassBay!

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What is MassReconnect?

MassReconnect was approved in the Massachusetts FY'24 budget and funds free community college for adults 25 and older who do not already have a college degree. 

Who is eligible?

Massachusetts residents 25 years of age or older can take advantage of this opportunity to earn an associate degree or certificate for free at any of the Commonwealth's 15 public community colleges. 

Eligible individuals must:

  • Be 25 or older on the first day of classes: January 22, 2024 for spring semester, May 22, 2024 for summer semester, or September 5, 2024 for fall semester.
  • Have been a permanent legal resident* of the Commonwealth for at least one year at start of the enrolled term.
  • Have not previously received an associate or bachelor’s degree or the equivalent.
  • Enroll in at least six credits per semester in an approved program of study leading to an associate degree or certificate.**
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress according to the college's requirements.
  • Complete the '23 - '24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for spring, 2024 semester and summer, 2024 semester. A link to the new FAFSA will be posted soon for those who enrolling in the fall, 2024 semester, which begins on September 5, 2024.


*A permanent legal resident is a US citizen, Permanent Resident (green-card holder) or a person who qualifies for Title IV Federal funding.  Students on F or J visas are not permanent legal residents.

** All but four (4) degree and credit-bearing certificates at MassBay are approved for MassReconnect.  The programs that are *not* approved for MassReconnect are Central Processing Technology, Computed Tomography, Emergency Medical Technician, Phlebotomy. Unfortunately non-credit, community education programs are not included in the MassReconnect program at any community college.

What is covered under MassReconnect?

Tuition and fees are covered, and students will receive an allowance for books and supplies.

Student at Graduation

If I am interested in MassReconnect, what are my next steps?

1. Apply to MassBay. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY JANUARY 16, 2024.

2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

MassBay FAFSA and FAFSA help information →

3. Submit your contact information so we can send you further information and next steps: MassReconnect Information Request.

Have Questions?

Contact MassBay Admissions:, or 781-239-2500.

Recipients who are later determined to be ineligible for MassReconnect may be billed for disbursed funds.