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Photo Credit: Kevin Harkins

Photo Credit: Kevin Harkins

On Thursday, April 21, Governor Baker shared the stage on the campus of Middlesex Community College (MCC) with UMass President Marty Meehan, Worcester State President Barry Maloney, and MCC President Dr. James Mabry to announce an innovative college affordability and completion plan to help more students achieve the dream of a college degree.

“This program was designed to decrease the cost of a college degree and accelerate on-time completion for students across the Commonwealth, creating more opportunities and helping more people get into the workforce with the skills they need,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The Commonwealth Commitment will make it even easier for students to go to school full-time and begin their careers with less debt and we are pleased that our higher education officials have worked collaboratively to make this program a reality.”

With the signatures of Presidents Meehan, Maloney, and Mabry, and Higher Education Commissioner Carlos E. Santiago, a first in the nation commitment was made by every public campus to provide 10% rebates at the end of each successfully completed semester to qualifying undergraduate students. This is in addition to the standard MassTransfer tuition waiver received upon entering a four-year institution from a community college.

Students who meet the program requirements will, depending on the transfer pathway they choose, be able to realize an average savings of $5,090 off the cost of a baccalaureate degree.

“Community college students seeking pathways to an affordable, high-quality, four-year degree will now be able to look to the Commonwealth Commitment for critical support – and UMass is proud to be part of this innovative effort,” said UMass President Marty Meehan. “This program advances public higher education’s core beliefs and will help to transform lives and strengthen our future. We look forward to welcoming the students who take advantage of this creative initiative to our campuses.”

“The Commonwealth Commitment unites the Massachusetts public higher education sector in an energized drive to promote access and success for our diverse communities as we work together to build an educated workforce that will drive the Commonwealth’s high-tech community in the 21st Century. Community colleges are proud to play a pivotal role in this strategy,” said Middlesex Community College President Dr. James Mabry.

As part of the Commonwealth Commitment‘s goal to increase cost savings and predictability, tuition and mandatory fees will be frozen for program participants as of the date they enter the program. Students will begin their studies at one of the state’s 15 community colleges, enrolling in one of 24 Commonwealth Commitment/ Mass Transfer Pathways programs that will roll out in fall 2016 (14 programs) and fall 2017 (10 additional programs). They must attend full-time, and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0. After earning an associate’s degree in two and a half years or less, students will transfer to a state university or UMass campus to earn a baccalaureate degree.

Additionally, students who enroll in free or reduced cost dual enrollment programs, taking college courses while still in high school, may be able to apply the credits they earn toward their Commonwealth Commitment degrees, thus reducing costs even further.

Further information is available at www.Mass.edu/MAComCom.

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