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Accepted Students - Next Steps

Congratulations and welcome to MassBay!

Felisitasyon epi Byenvini nan MassBay! (Kreyòl Ayisyen) ¡Felicitaciones, y nuestra más cordial bienvenida a MassBay! (Português) ¡Felicitaciones, y nuestra más cordial bienvenida a MassBay! (Español)


5 Steps to Begin Your Future:

1Celebrate, Connect, and Visit
Once you receive your acceptance letter, share the news with your family and friends! Get to know the MassBay community by following us on Facebook:
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2Satisfy Our Placement Requirement
Placement in the appropriate level of English and math is an important foundational piece of your education.  Please visit to see what options you have for meeting this requirement.  All students entering an Associate Degree program, and any student entering a certificate program that has a math or English requirement must satisfy the placement requirement.  


3Apply for Financial Aid

         MassBay offers many sources of financial assistance to help you pay for college.  In order to determine your eligibility, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the school year you are planning to enroll at MassBay. The FAFSA is located online at Be sure to add MassBay Community College’s federal school code number: 002171.

Get help with the FAFSA when it is convenient for you on your cell phone!  Our FAFSA experts are standing by to help you start, complete, and submit your FAFSA. 
Simply text “MassBay” to 857-309-2942.


4Register for SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration)
New students register for the first time after attending an orientation session. These sessions are called SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration). The SOAR Session, currently offered remotely, is where you will be introduced to and work with our faculty and staff, become acclimated to the college, and learn how to meet with an academic advisor to register for your college courses.

There are many sessions to choose from.  You must satisfy the Placement Requirement before attending a SOAR session.  To register for a SOAR Session, please visit the MassBay Student Orientation, Advising & Registration web page. Please note that you will need to show a picture ID at your appointment. All sessions will all be held online for the time being.

Note:  Students entering the following programs must attend a program-specific orientation and should check with Admissions at 781-239-2500 or before signing up for SOAR: Automotive Technology, Central Processing Technology, Computed Tomography, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedicine and Phlebotomy. Students pursuing Nursing/Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology or Radiologic Technology should attend SOAR only if they will be taking pre-requisite courses at MassBay.


5Take Care of Business

  • Effective in January 2022, COVID-19 vaccination will be required in order for students to access classes or services on campus.  Visit for information
  • Payment is due when you register for classes. Payment may be made online through your student account or you may set up a payment plan.
  • Take care of your health insurance. If you register for nine or more credits, you will be charged for health insurance at MassBay. This fee may be waived if you are covered under another health insurance plan.
  • Find all of your MassBay computer and online tools in the Student Technology Tutorial.
  • Check your MassBay email frequently for updates.
  • Purchase text books for your classes.
  • If you lack the equipment to access the internet for meetings, classes or the library, please contact about a possible Chromebook loan.