College is too important to be limited to those who can afford it. That’s why the City of Boston has committed to pay for up to three years of college for low-income eligible students pursuing an associate degree through its Tuition-Free Community College (TFCC) Plan.

**The application for Spring 2023 is now closed.** You can sign up to receive an alert for when the Fall 2023 semester application opens here.


To enroll in TFCC, you must:

  • Be a Boston resident
  • Receive your high school credential (diploma, HiSET, or GED) within 18 months of starting the plan
  • Have a grade-point average of at least 2.0*
  • Require no more than three developmental courses by the start of the semester
  • Be eligible for a Pell Grant, per the FAFSA
  • Have low to moderate household income, per HUD guidelines

Please note that eligible Boston residents do not necessarily have to be BPS graduates.

* Does not apply to HiSET/GED completers

Participating Colleges

TFCC students may enroll in associate degree-granting programs at any of the following institutions:

* Please note that BFIT has its own eligibility requirements. See “Costs Covered” below to learn more.

Costs Covered

The following costs are covered for most TFCC students:

  • Any remaining tuition or mandatory fees after the Pell Grant has been applied
  • $250 each semester for up to three years of college-related expenses, such as books or transportation

These benefits apply to all participating colleges except Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. TFCC students who attend BFIT must receive the full Pell Grant amount to have their costs covered. You will know you have received the full Pell Grant if your Expected Family Contribution is $0. For these fully Pell-covered students, BFIT will pay the remaining cost of tuition and mandatory fees (excluding automotive fees). TFCC will also pay $250 per semester for up to three years for college-related expenses.

Apply to TFCC

Applying to the Tuition-Free Community College Plan is simple. Follow these three steps.

Pursue a Free Four-Year Degree

TFCC pays for up to three years of college, but you may want to keep going to earn your bachelor’s degree! If so, you should consider the Boston Bridge. The Boston Bridge is a partnership between TFCC and the state’s Commonwealth Commitment program that allows eligible students to earn a bachelor’s degree free of tuition and mandatory fees. Learn more about the Boston Bridge.

Fact Sheets

Still Have Questions?

See our Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also email or call the City of Boston help line at 3-1-1.


Learn about other Boston-based college funding opportunities.

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