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.
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 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.
- Criminal Justice
- Communications & Media Studies
- Computer Science
- Early Childhood Education
- Liberal Arts
- STEM Natural/Physical Sciences
Massachusetts Maritime Programs
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
Commonwealth Commitment details are available on the official website of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.