The Boston Bridge combines the benefits of the Tuition-Free Community College Plan with the benefits of Commonwealth Commitment, a state plan that makes the continuation to four-year college more affordable. Through the Boston Bridge, you can attend one of TFCC’s participating community colleges and then transfer to one of Massachusetts’ four-year state schools to finish your bachelor’s degree at no cost.

A bachelor’s degree is a very worthwhile goal. Bachelor’s degree holders make, on average, nearly $20,000 more per year than those who earn only an associate degree! Just remember that pursuing a bachelor’s, and saving money through the Boston Bridge, will require extra work and commitment. You may be a good fit for the Boston Bridge program if you:

  • Want to earn your bachelor’s degree
  • Have a good idea of which major you want to pursue
  • Can attend college full-time
  • Plan to earn a 3.0 GPA

Benefits of the Boston Bridge

As a Boston Bridge student, you will earn all the benefits of the Tuition-Free Community College Plan, as well as:

  • A financial contribution each semester to help with school-related expenses. This contribution is equal to 10% of the costs of your school’s tuition and mandatory fees.
  • Complete payment of your tuition and mandatory fees during the final two years of your bachelor’s degree.


To be eligible for the Boston Bridge, you must:

  • Meet the requirements of the Tuition-Free Community College Plan
  • Attend one of TFCC’s public community colleges (BHCC, RCC, MassBay or Massasoit)
  • Have no more than 15 community college credits to start
  • Finish your associate degree in 2.5 years
  • Finish your bachelor’s degree in another 2 years
  • Attend school continuously, full-time
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Commit to one of 16 popular majors

DACA/TPS students are not eligible for the Boston Bridge at this time.


Use this helpful interactive guide to learn which associate degrees at Bunker Hill Community College, Massasoit Community College, MassBay Community College, or Roxbury Community College can lead to which bachelor’s degrees at particular four-year colleges.

Four-Year Colleges

As a Boston Bridge student, you can attend any UMass campus or Massachusetts state university. See the list below or this map of UMass campuses and state universities. 
Bridgewater State University
Fitchburg State University
Framingham State University
Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt)
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Salem State University
Westfield State University
Worcester State University

Apply to the Boston Bridge

Interested in the Boston Bridge? On your Tuition-Free Community College Plan application, check the box that says, “I’m interested in the Boston Bridge.” You will then receive instructions on meeting with an academic advisor at your community college in your first semester. Your advisor can help you fill out the necessary Commonwealth Commitment participation form, which must  be completed prior to earning 15 community college credits.  

Unsure if you can meet the Boston Bridge requirements? Don’t worry: You should still apply! There is no penalty for enrolling in the Boston Bridge and then falling short of requirements. You would no longer be enrolled in Boston Bridge, but you would still be a part of TFCC for as long as you meet its eligibility requirements.



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