The Commonwealth Commitment allows students from Massachusetts to significantly lower the cost of a bachelor’s degree by beginning at a community college and transferring to a four-year campus.

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Under the program, students commit to:

  • Begin at one of Massachusetts’ 15 community colleges
  • Complete an associate degree within 2.5 years
  • Transfer to one of Massachusetts’ state universities or UMass campuses
  • Complete a bachelor’s degree within 2 more years
  • Continuous enrollment for a minimum of 14 credits every semester at UMass Lowell
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.000 GPA

In return, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts commits to:

  • Freeze your tuition and fees for four years from the date you join the commitment.
  • A 10% rebate of tuition and mandatory fees, payable by check or bookstore voucher, at the end of every successfully-completed semester

Commonwealth Commitment students will remain eligible for MassTransfer tuition waivers upon entering a four-year institution from a community college. 

On average, successful participants in the Commonwealth Commitment will save $5,090 on the cost of their degree.

The Commonwealth Commitment is available to students 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).

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