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Boston Bridge at RCC

The Boston Bridge combines the benefits of the Tuition-Free Community College Plan with the benefits of Commonwealth Commitment, a state plan that makes the continuation to four-year college more affordable. Through the Boston Bridge, you can attend one of TFCC’s participating community colleges and then transfer to one of Massachusetts’ four-year state schools to finish your bachelor’s degree at no cost. 

A bachelor’s degree is a very worthwhile goal. Bachelor’s degree holders make, on average, nearly $20,000 more per year than those who earn only an associate degree! Just remember that pursuing a bachelor’s, and saving money through the Boston Bridge, will require extra work and commitment. You may be a good fit for the Boston Bridge program if you: 

  • Want to earn your bachelor’s degree 
  • Have a good idea of which major you want to pursue 
  • Can attend college full-time 
  • Plan to earn a 3.0 GPA 
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  • Opportunity to earn BOTH associate and bachelor's degrees, free of tuition and mandatory fees 
  • Money each semester to help with school-related expenses 
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth or Lowell)
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Framingham State University
  • Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt)
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Salem State University
  • Westfield State University
  • Worcester State University

To be eligible for this program, you must: 

  • Finish your associate degree in 2.5 years 
  • Finish your bachelor’s degree in another 2 years 
  • Attend school continuously, full-time 
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA 
  • Commit to one of 16 popular majors 
Use this helpful interactive guide to learn which associate degrees at Roxbury Community College can lead to which bachelor’s degrees at particular four-year colleges. 
Follow the steps listed in the step-by-step guide for the Tuition-Free Community College Plan; however, when you complete the Tuition-Free Community College Plan application, make sure you check the box that says "I am interested in the Boston Bridge." A representative will contact you to guide you through the application process. After you complete the Boston Bridge application, proceed to Step 4.
Contact: RCC's Enrollment Office at 857-701-1200, visit, or call LaKeisha Franklin at 617-918-5285.

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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. 

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 

To view a fact sheet on the Commonwealth Commitment, please click here. If you have questions about this program, please contact Kandley Val at 857-701-1207. 

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Tuition-Free Community College Plan for Boston Public Schools' Graduates

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. Ready to get started?  Here's the step-by-step process: 


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To be eligible, you must: 

  • Graduate from a high school in Boston (BPS, private, or charter school) within the past 18 months 
  • 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 a Boston resident
  • Have low to moderate household income, per HUD guidelines 

A note for non-US citizens: Even if you cannot apply for the Pell Grant, certain categories of non-US citizens – including DACA and TPS – remain eligible to receive a small amount of financial support through the plan. Email or call the City of Boston help line at 3-1-1. 

After the Pell Grant is applied, the Tuition-Free Community College Plan covers the remaining costs of tuition and mandatory fees. Students whose tuition and fees are already fully covered by the Pell Grant will receive $250 each semester for up to three years of college-related expenses, such as books or transportation  

Check the application website below for updates. 

To learn more about the plan, visit This website includes details on eligibility and coverage as well as tips for preparing for college. (The portal can be found under the "Students & Families" menu on the BPS website.) For questions, email or call the City of Boston help line at 3-1-1. 

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