The Boston Bridge combines the benefits of the Tuition-Free Community College Plan with the benefits of Commonwealth Commitment. Commonwealth Commitment is 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.
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
Interested in the Boston Bridge? On your Tuition-Free Community College Plan application, check the box that says, “I’m interested in the Boston Bridge.” You will receive instructions on meeting with an academic advisor at your community college in your first semester. Your advisor can help you fill out the necessary Commonwealth Commitment participation form. The form must be completed prior to earning 15 community college credits.
To be eligible for Boston Bridge you must:
- Meet the requirements of the TFCC Plan
- Attend a TFCC public community college
- 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
Major and School Options
As a Boston Bridge student, you will earn all 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.
Associate degrees at TFCC colleges can lead to different four-year bachelor's degrees. Learn more with a helpful interactive guide.
As a Boston Bridge student you can attend any UMass campus or Massachusetts state university:
- Bridgewater State University
- Fitchburg State University
- Framingham State University
- Massachusetts College of Art and Design
- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
- Massachusetts Maritime Academy
- Salem State University
- Westfield State University
- Worcester State University