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Boston Tuition-Free Plan

Boston high school graduates can now attend MassBay Community College tuition-free, provided you meet certain eligibility requirements. Offered in partnership with Boston Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, MassBay is excited to help more Boston students earn their college degrees, without the burden of high debt. Boston high school graduates are also eligible to continue their education after MassBay under a new pilot program known as Boston Bridge *, which will enable low-income students to complete a four-year degree without having to pay tuition and mandatory fees.

Information from the City of Boston

Press Release — Tuition-Free College ProgramFACTSHEET — Tuition-Free College ProgramBoston Tuition-Free Community College PlanThe Boston Bridge

To be eligible for the Tuition-Free Plan, you must:

  • Graduate from a Boston Public, Private or Charter School within a year of starting the plan
  • Have a grade-point average of at least 2.0
  • Be eligible for a Pell Grant, as determined by the FAFSA
  • Require no more than three developmental courses by the start of the semester
  • Be able to complete community college in 3 years (if you finish in 2 years, that’s fantastic!)
  • Be a Boston resident
  • Have low to moderate household income, per HUD guidelines 

Ready to apply? Here’s how:

  1. Visit the Boston Tuition-Free Plan webpage and follow the instructions to complete and submit the Application Form and the Application Authorization Form. The application can be submitted entirely online, but the authorization form will need to signed, then mailed or dropped off at the Mayor’s office.
    Boston Tuition-Free Plan Website
  2. Complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) at List “MassBay Community College” and our federal school code number (002171) in the College Release Section.
    Complete the FASFA
  3. Apply to MassBay Community College. Create your free application account and complete the online application to MassBay. After you apply, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development will notify you whether you are eligible or ineligible for the plan. The sooner you complete the steps above, the sooner you can learn whether the Tuition-Free Community College Plan can cover the remaining costs of your tuition and mandatory fees.
    Apply to MassBay
  4. Take Accuplacer Placement Testing. Placement tests help determine which levels of math and English you will enroll in when beginning your studies at MassBay. We also offer free test preparation workshops.
    Take My Placement Tests
  5. Attend Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) to learn more about how to succeed as a student at MassBay and to register for classes.
    Attend Orientation and Register for Classes!


For more information or questions, contact our Office of Admissions at or 781-239-2500.

* What is Boston Bridge?

Boston Bridge 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.

The City of Boston and the Commonwealth together will cover students’ tuition and fees, after taking into account federal Pell grants, from the time a student enters community college to when they graduate from a four-year public college or university.

The new tuition-free college program builds on the City of Boston’s Tuition Free Community College initiative, and the state’s Commonwealth Commitment, both launched in the spring of 2016. The City’s Tuition Free Community College program currently provides free tuition to low-income BPS graduates who attend Bunker Hill Community College, Mass Bay Community College or Roxbury Community College. The Commonwealth Commitment offers deeply discounted tuition and fees to Massachusetts residents who earn a Bachelors’ degree at any public four-year institution after first earning an Associates’ degree at any one of the state’s community colleges, while maintaining a 3.0 grade point average and graduating within four-and-a-half years. Through this partnership, students from Boston who qualify to participate in the Commonwealth Commitment will not have to pay tuition or mandatory fees to earn their Bachelor’s degrees.