TUITION-FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PLAN FOR BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ GRADS
The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, in partnership with Boston Public Schools, has rolled out the Tuition-Free Community College Plan to help BPS grads like you better afford college. The plan will pay for tuition and mandatory fees not covered by a student’s Pell Grant. You may be eligible for this program, if you: graduated from BPS high school in June 2016 or later, have a HS cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above, are eligible for a Pell Grant (as determined by FAFSA), require no more than three developmental classes by the start of the semester, and are a Boston resident. Funding is also available for DACA students.
Ready to get started? Here’s how to apply:
1. Complete and submit the Tuition-Free Community College Plan Application:
2. Complete the FAFSA: https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and list RCC as your college of choice.
3. Apply to RCC by visiting: http://bit.ly/29qvjmg
4. Schedule your placement test by calling 617-708-3628 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Attend New Student Orientation: meet your advisor, select a success coach, register for class, and pay your bill.
6. Start attending classes! The fall 2016 semester starts on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
At RCC, you’ll save a significant amount of money without sacrificing quality. And, you may be eligible for Pell Grants, or other financial aid, to further cover the costs of your education.
THE COMMONWEALTH COMMITMENT
New students at Roxbury Community College may be eligible to participate in the Commonwealth Commitment, a new program offered through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The program makes a college education more affordable for MA residents. Here are the basics:
STUDENTS COMMIT TO:
- Begin at one of Massachusetts’ Community Colleges
- Complete associate degree within 2.5 years
- Transfer to one of Massachusetts’ State Universities or UMass campuses
- Complete bachelor’s degree within 2 more years
- Maintain full time, continuous enrollment and a cumulative 3.0 GPA
COMMONWEALTH COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS:
- A freeze on tuition & fees for all four years upon entry into the Commonwealth Commitment program, until student graduates or leaves program.
- A reduction in tuition & mandatory fees
- A tuition & mandatory fees rebate
- An additional MassTransfer tuition credit once student enrolls in bachelor’s program
CONTACT FINANCIAL AID
For more information on financing your studies, contact:
Office of Financial Aid
Academic Building (2), Room 202
Although the priority deadline has passed, you can still complete your FAFSA for the 2016-2017 academic year! It’s important to complete the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for federal funding programs. Visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to get started, today!