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Tuition-Free Community College Plan for Boston Residents

College is too important to be limited to those who can afford it. That’s why the City of Boston has committed to pay for up to three years of college for all Boston residents pursuing an associate degree or certificate program through the Tuition-Free Community College (TFCC) Plan. 

Beginning Fall 2023, the City of Boston is expanding eligibility TFCC to include all Boston residents regardless of age, income, or immigration status. RCC is one of six participating schools.  

To be eligible for TFCC, you must apply by July 1, 2024.

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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 

Please note that academic advising will be necessary to confirm eligibility. To explore the details of the MassTransfer Commonwealth Commitment, please learn more at

If you have questions about this program, please contact Chris Lewis at 

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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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MassReconnect: Free Community College for Adults 25+

Massachusetts residents 25 years of age or older can take advantage of this opportunity to earn an associate degree or certificate for free at RCC. Governor Maura Healey signed the budget funding MassReconnect on August 9, 2023. 

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

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