Massachusetts Announces Rebate Program to Encourage Completion
The Commonwealth Commitment program is intended to encourage Massachusetts community college students to enroll full-time and transfer to a Massachusetts public 4-year college for a Bachelor’s degree after obtaining an Associate’s degree. The program freezes tuition and fees for four years for participating students, and provides the students with a 10 percent rebate on public college tuition and fees at the end of each successfully completed semester. Students must enroll full-time, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, earn an Associate’s degree in two and a half years or less and complete a Bachelor’s degree within two additional years.
Community college students participating in the MassTransfer Pathway program who maintain at least a 2.0 GPA will avoid application fees and essays, receive a guaranteed transfer of credits and automatically satisfy all or most of the general education requirements at Massachusetts public 4-year colleges. With at least a 2.5 GPA, they are guaranteed admission to a Massachusetts state university or University of Massachusetts campus on a space available basis. Students who maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and enroll full-time within one year of obtaining their Associate’s degree will get free tuition, but can still qualify for the 10 percecnt rebate on fees, which can be substantial.