Commonwealth Commitment (Massachusetts)

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This is not a loan forgiveness program, but rather a rebate plan that could allow you to reduce your student loan debt.

To Be Eligible …

  • Students must be Massachusetts residents eligible for in-state tuition under the terms of the BHE’s residency policy for in-state tuition.
  • Students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Students must declare their intention to apply to the Commonwealth Commitment program prior to earning 15 credits at a Community College. 
  • Students accepted into the Commonwealth Commitment program will be eligible to receive a 10% discount off of their tuition and fees, payable at the end of every completed semester, in the form of a cash rebate or voucher issued by their campus.
  • The tuition and fee rates in place at the respective community college, state university, and/or University of Massachusetts campus for the Fall of 2016 shall be the rates Commonwealth Commitment students beginning the program in Fall of 2016 will be charged for each year the student remains in the program, provided that said student maintains program eligibility, including full-time attendance.
  • The tuition and fee rates in place at the respective community college, state university, and/or University of Massachusetts campus for the Fall of 2017 shall be the rates Commonwealth Commitment students beginning the program in Fall of 2017 will be charged for each year the student remains in the program, provided that said student maintains program eligibility, including full-time attendance.
  • Community College students must complete an associate degree in a MassTransfer Pathways discipline within two and a half years before transferring to a State University or UMass campus.
  • Students transferring to special mission institutions (Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Massachusetts Maritime Academy) will be required to transfer after one and a half years at a Community College and will “reverse transfer” credits back to their Community College. These credits will be applied towards meeting the associate degree requirements; students will be awarded an associate degree once degree requirements are met.
  • Community College students who earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 are guaranteed acceptance into a MassTransfer Pathways degree program, space permitting, at State Universities and UMass campuses.
  • Students must earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0, in order to earn a guaranteed 100% tuition waiver (or “credit” at a UMass campus) under the terms of MassTransfer. Participating students who do not earn a 3.0 GPA at the time of University admissions will not be admitted under the terms of this agreement, but may be considered for general transfer admission.
  • Students who switch their major may jeopardize their ability to remain in the Commonwealth Commitment program, if the change of major will require them to take longer than two years to complete their degree program, or if the new major is not one of the designated MassTransfer Pathways programs.
  • Students must complete the requirements for graduating with a bachelor’s degree within two years of transferring to a State University or UMass campus, or within two and a half years from special mission institutions (Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Massachusetts Maritime Academy).Next Steps
  • Students must enroll in a State University or UMass campus in the first semester immediately following completion of an associate degree. They may not attend another college or university in the interim, or will forfeit their place in the Commonwealth Commitment program.
  • Commonwealth Commitment students will be granted equal access to available openings in all designated MassTransfer Pathways programs.

You can learn more about this program, here.

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