Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the creation of the Tuition-Free Community College Plan in April 2016 as a way to help more Boston students afford, attend, and complete college. Since that time, TFCC has continually expanded to provide greater access and choice for students.

April 2016Mayor Walsh announces TFCC.
June 2016TFCC begins as a program for BPS students. Two schools participate: Bunker Hill Community College & Roxbury Community College.
January 2017MassBay Community College joins TFCC.
May 2017Mayor Walsh and Gov. Baker launch the Boston Bridge. TFCC expands to include students from private schools and charter schools.
March 2019Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology joins TFCC.
November 2019Massasoit Community College joins TFCC.
February 2020Urban College of Boston joins TFCC.

The Tuition-Free Community College Plan is funded by the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development and by the Neighborhood Jobs Trust, a public charitable trust that collects linkage fees from developers of large-scale commercial building projects in the city.

Further Reading

Media Coverage

Mayor Walsh Outlines Expansion of City's Tuition-Free Community College Program
Boston Globe, Feb. 18, 2020

Walsh Announces Expansion of Boston's Tuition-Free Community College Program
Boston Herald, Feb. 18, 2020

Walsh Announces Expansion of Tuition-Free Community College Program
NBC Boston, Feb. 18, 2020

Massasoit to Offer Tuition-Free College for Low-Income Boston Students
The Enterprise, Nov. 6, 2019

Boston: Massasoit Joins Free Tuition Program for Boston Students (audio)
WATD, Nov. 6, 2019

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Free Community College, Police Body Cameras, and ICE (audio)
WBUR, Nov. 4, 2019

Mass. Lawmakers Propose Free Community College
Worcester Telegram, July 24, 2019

Boston Expands Free College Tuition Plan to a Private School in the South End
WGBH, March 20, 2019

Mayor Walsh, Benjamin Franklin Institute Unveil Tuition-Free Degree Program for Boston Students
Boston Herald, March 20, 2019

Benjamin Franklin Institute Joins Boston Program that Offers Free College Tuition to BPS Grads
Boston Globe, March 20, 2019

Seven Mayors Championing Free Community College
Forbes BrandVoice, Jan. 26, 2018

How a New Boston Program is Helping Students with College Loan Debt
Boston Magazine, Sep. 2017

Boston Students Get a Boost for College
BNN News, May 30, 2017

Walsh, Baker Announce Tuition-Free College Pilot Program
Fox 25 News, May 30, 2017

Free College Tuition Program Created for Low-Income Students in Boston
WBZ-TV News, May 30, 2017

Boston Bridge Aims to Provide Free College for Some Students
Boston Globe, May 30, 2017

Baker, Walsh Announce Tuition-Free College Pilot Program
Boston Herald, May 30, 2017

Boston Bridge Announcement
Boston City TV, May 30, 2017

21 Intriguing New Ideas and Trailblazing People
Boston Globe Magazine, Jan. 5, 2017

MassBay Joins Tuition-Free Program
Wicked Local Wellesley, Jan. 5, 2017

City Adds MassBay to Tuition-Free Plan for BPS Grads from Low-income Families
Boston Herald, Dec. 30, 2016

Mayor Introduces Plan to Expand Free College Tuition for Some Boston Students
Daily Free Press, Nov. 1, 2016

Walsh to Expand Free Community College Tuition Program
Boston Globe, Oct. 25, 2016

BPS Students to Receive Two Years of Free Community College
WGBH, April 29, 2016

Press Releases
OWD Blog Articles
Other Resources

Tuition-Free Community College Plan & Boston Bridge Fact-Sheets
These downloadable fact-sheets give a quick overview of the plan’s eligibility requirements, participating schools, and benefits, as well as information about the Boston Bridge.

The America’s College Promise Playbook
A publication of the U.S. Department of Education, the playbook reviews current models for affordable community college nationwide, including the Tuition-Free Community College Plan.

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