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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Huge Potential Tuition Savings for Massachusetts Students Through Commonwealth Commitment

In an effort to attract and graduate Massachusetts students through its in-state college system, the Commonwealth has in place a program to ease the way for admission while potentially providing significant reductions in cost of attendance.

The Commonwealth Commitment program provides a pathway for students to begin their studies at one of the 15 Massachusetts community colleges distributed broadly across the state and, by meeting performance and timeline requirements, later transfer to one of the state university or University of Massachusetts campuses.  

Averting one of the obstacles that community college students frequently face when transferring to four-year colleges, Commonwealth Commitment guarantees applicants that their credits will transfer to their destination in-state university.  Cost-wise, benefits accrue to students who successfully complete their studies at their transfer university in a designated period of time, realizing substantial cost savings through tuition freezes and rebates.  

Currently, there are six approved majors connected to the program, including History, Psychology and Economics, among others, with a number of additional areas of study to be approved for Fall 2017.  Availability of these programs will vary by university.

For more information about the Commonwealth Commitment, visit the Mass Transfer webpage.


Marla Platt, M.B.A. is an independent college consultant based in Sudbury, MA through AchieveCoach College Consulting, providing personalized guidance to students and families throughout the college planning, search and admissions process. Marla is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and can be reached via

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