What costs are covered?
  • All tuition and mandatory fees remaining after any other applicable financial aid has been applied.
  • $250 each semester for up to three years of college-related expenses (such as books or transportation).
  • Debt of up to $2,500 for students with an outstanding balance at a partner college that is preventing a student from re-enrolling at that school.
How do I apply?

Students simply need to apply to their desired program and the partner colleges will apply the funds as a part of their financial aid process.

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

No, all Boston residents are eligible regardless of immigration status.

What programs are covered?

Any associates degree program or short-term certificate program available at a TFCC partner college. To learn more about the available programs and how to apply, contact our admissions office at studentcentral@massasoit.mass.edu .

Single courses or courses that are not part of a degree or certificate program, such as ESOL classes or continuing education classes are not eligible for TFCC funds.

What is a short-term certificate program?

Short-term certificate programs can provide credentials that lead to jobs in industries like healthcare, renewable energy, and information technology in as little as six months. The six participating TFCC colleges offer a range of certificate programs. To learn more and apply, contact our admissions office at studentcentral@massasoit.mass.edu .

What is the FAFSA?

Updated March 2023 The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a free, online process that will let you know if you qualify for a specific income-based financial aid award called a Pell Grant, which covers college costs.

The Pell Grant is a grant from the U.S. Department of Education that helps pay for college for students in financial need. Unlike a loan, the Pell Grant does not need to be repaid.

The FAFSA takes less than an hour to complete.

Apply at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

If you need help completing the FAFSA, FAFSA Day Massachusetts is a non-profit, volunteer driven program providing free assistance to students and families seeking to complete the FAFSA. Learn more at masfaa.org/fafsaday/.

Do I have to complete the FAFSA?

For degree programs:
Students that are eligible for federal student aid, must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. If you are eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant as determined from submission of the FAFSA, that will be applied toward your tuition and then the TFCC program will pay the remaining balance. If you are not eligible for federal student aid because of your citizenship status, you are not required to fill out a FAFSA and the TFCC program will pay the entire balance of your tuition and fees.

For short-term certificate programs:
Some short-term certificate programs are not eligible for a Pell Grant. Each participating college can advise you as to whether or not the short-term certificate program you are seeking is eligible and whether you need to complete a FAFSA (if your citizenship status allows). I am already a student at a TFCC school, can I still get free tuition? No, if you are already enrolled at a TFCC school you are not eligible for this funding.

How many years will TFCC cover?

The program covers free tuition and fees for up to three years, including summer semesters.

Does it matter when I take classes during my three years in TFCC?

Once you start receiving TFCC funds, you should aim to take classes every fall and spring semester. If you take a semester off, you can still remain enrolled in TFCC. But remember: You still only get up to 3 years of funding. If you take a semester off, you cannot get that semester of missed funding back. Updated March 2023 While it is not a requirement for TFCC, you should also try to take at least 10 college credits each semester. This will increase your chances of earning your associate degree within three years. Your academic advisor can help you stay on track.