Low-income students at Massasoit Community College, one of the largest community colleges in Massachusetts, will soon study free under a new program.
Under Boston’s Tuition-Free Community College Plan launched by the city’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh in 2016, income-eligible students will have their tuition covered for up to three years of college.
To date, the program has accepted 489 students with a mean household income of less than $25,000 per year. It is run by the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) and funded by the Neighborhood Jobs Trust.
“Dozens of students from the Boston area choose to study at Massasoit each year, and with the help of Mayor Walsh, his Office of Workforce Development, and the Tuition-Free Community College Plan, we’re delighted to give even more students the opportunity to earn a degree from our institution,” said Massasoit President Dr. Gena Glickman.
Along with Massasoit, Bunker Hill Community College, Roxbury Community College, MassBay Community College and Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology are already participants in the program.
Students who are Boston residents and have graduated from a high school in the city are eligible for the program. They must meet the federal guidelines for having a low to moderate household income and also be eligible for a Pell Grant as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.