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The Commonwealth Commitment

Start at Berkshire Community College, transfer to a Massachusetts state university, earn your bachelor’s degree and save an average of $5000!

The Commonwealth Commitment is an innovative college affordability and completion plan to help more students achieve the dream of a college degree. This plan works in conjunction with the MassTransfer program.

Participating students must be enrolled full-time and are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA. 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.

Interested? Submit a completed Participation Form to Geoffrey TaborCoordinator of Transfer Affairs & Articulation — in Room F-113.

What are the goals?
  • Boost enrollment and improve transfer rates;
  • Convert part-time students to full-time;
  • Improve completion rates;
  • Give students and families a break on college costs; and
  • Provide an affordable pathway to a degree via 2 + 2 plans.
How does it work?
  • Students start at one of the 15 Massachusetts community colleges then progress to a State University or UMass campus;
  • Students enter one of 16 MassTransfer Pathways or Special Mission Programs; and
  • Students have 2.5 years to earn an associate degree and must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
What is the Commitment?
  • Students will receive a 10 percent rebate off tuition and mandatory fees — payable at the end of every successfully completed semester via check or bookstore voucher.
  • Potential to save thousands of dollars off the cost of a baccalaureate degree.

Eligible Programs

Eligible Degree Programs — Fall 2016

The program launched in Fall 2016 with six eligible degree programs: 

Eligible Degree Programs — Fall 2017

Additional eligible degree programs will follow in 2017.

Massachusetts Maritime Programs

Visit Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Emergency Management, Marine Safety & Environmental Protection, Energy Systems Engineering, Facilities Engineering, International Maritime Business

Massachusetts College of Art & Design Programs

Visit the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture

Learn More

Commonwealth Commitment details are available on the official website of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.