Massasoit Community College Ready for ‘Free College’ Initiative
MassReconnect will allow eligible students, ages 25 and older to attend Massasoit at no cost
BROCKTON, Mass (Aug. 8, 2023) – This fall, eligible students will be able to attend Massasoit Community College at no cost – tuition, fees, books, and supplies will be covered by MassReconnect, a new state program aimed at helping students ages 25 and older earn a community college degree or certificate. The fall semester at Massasoit begins on September 6.
MassReconnect was proposed by Healey-Driscoll Administration and included in the passed FY24 legislative budget. Qualified students – those 25 and older who have not earned a college degree, are residents of Massachusetts, have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and meet other requirements – will have their tuition, fees, books, and supplies covered by the state in the form of “last-dollar” payments if they are enrolled as full- or part-time students (subject to state appropriation). “Last-dollar” payments are made after other grants and scholarships are applied to a student’s bill.
“We are excited by all of the interest and support that community colleges and their students are receiving,” said Ray DiPasquale, president of Massasoit Community College. “We are grateful to the Healey-Driscoll Administration and leaders of the House and Senate for recognizing the role Massasoit and our sister colleges play in educating the community and developing a skilled workforce.”
Eligible students can learn more about the program and start their Massasoit journey by visiting www.massasoit.edu/MassReconnect or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Assistance is available in-person at Student Central Brockton (M-Th: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., F: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Enrollment Center Canton (M-Th: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., F: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.).
Founded in 1966, Massasoit Community College offers students from southeastern Massachusetts and beyond access to more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs across arts, sciences, applied sciences, healthcare, and technology at locations in Brockton, Canton, Middleborough, and online. More than 8,000 students enroll for credit at Massasoit each year; another 1,500 students annually enroll in non-credit community education or workforce development courses. Typically, more than 800 students graduate from Massasoit with an associate degree or certificate each year. Massasoit students are given access to wraparound services provided on campus to support their success inside and outside the classroom. For more information, visit massasoit.edu.