What is the Boston Bridge?
The Boston Bridge is a collaboration between the city's Tuition-Free Community College Plan and the state's Commonwealth Commitment program. The program is designed to help students afford both community college and the final two years of their bachelor's degree at a four-year college. Boston Bridge students must meet the eligibility requirements of both programs in order to stay enrolled, but the payoff is significant: Boston Bridge students have the opportunity to earn both their associate and bachelor's degrees for free.
What are the benefits of the Boston Bridge?
As a Boston Bridge student, you will earn the benefits of the Tuition-Free Community College Plan, as well as:
- A financial contribution each semester to help with school-related expenses. This contribution is equal to 10% of the costs of your school's tuition and mandatory fees.
- Complete payment of your tuition and mandatory fees during the final two years of your bachelor's degree.
How do I become eligible for the Boston Bridge?
- Meet the requirements of the Tuition-Free Community College Plan
- Have no more than 15 community college credits to start*
- 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
DACA/TPS students are not eligible at this time.
*Includes developmental course credits
Which majors can I pursue as a Boston Bridge student?
Apart from particular exceptions for students who plan to transfer to MassArt or Massachusetts Maritime Academy*, Boston Bridge students should plan to pursue one of the majors below:
* Students who plan to attend MassArt may pursue any MassArt major, from visual arts to design to education. Students who plan to attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy may pursue: Emergency Management, Energy Systems Engineering, Facilities Engineering, International Maritime Business, or Marine Safety & Environmental Protection.
Which four-year colleges can I transfer to as a Boston Bridge student?
You can attend any UMass campus or Massachusetts state university. See the list below or this map of UMass campuses and state universities.
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
When should I enroll in the Boston Bridge?
You should apply for the Boston Bridge at the same time that you enroll in the Tuition-Free Community College Plan. If you are worried about meeting the Boston Bridge eligibility requirements, just know that there is no extra penalty for enrolling and then falling short of those requirements. You would simply no longer be enrolled in the program. (However, you may remain in the Tuition-Free Community College Plan for as long as you meet its eligibility requirements.
How do I apply to the Boston Bridge?
It's easy! On your Tuition-Free Community College Plan application
, simply check the box that says, "I am interested in the Boston Bridge." A specialist from your community college will help you determine your eligibility and fill out the application.