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Tuition-Free Community College (TFCC) Plan

Helping more Boston residents afford, attend, and complete college.

The 2024-2025 Tuition-Free Community College (TFCC) Plan pays for up to three years of tuition and fees for Boston residents ages 18-24 who are pursuing an associate degree or an eligible certificate program at a partner college. Funding is available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Funding is available for students ages 25 and up through the following programs:

Before You Apply

Eligibility

The 2024-2025 TFCC eligibility requirements are as follows. Students must: 

  • Be a 18-24 year old Boston resident without an advanced degree. 
  • Enroll in an associate degree or short-term certificate program at a partner college.
  • Complete the FAFSA, MAFSA, or alternative form offered by the partner colleges.* 
  • Submit any requested documentation from the partner college.

*Students who are undocumented, DACA students, or have TPS, do not need to complete the FAFSA.

Not sure if you're a Boston resident?

To be a resident, you must live in one of the zip codes listed below:

Zip codes Neighborhood
02108, 02109, 02110 Beacon Hill/Downtown
02111 Chinatown and Surrounding Areas
02113, 02114 North End, Beacon Hill/West End
02115, 02215, 02116 Fenway, Fenway/Kenmore, Back Bay
02118, 02119, 02121 South End, Roxbury
02120 Mission Hill
02122, 02124, 02125 Dorchester
02126 Mattapan
02127, 02210 South Boston, Waterfront
02128 East Boston
02129  Charlestown
02130 Jamaica Plain
02131 Roslindale
02132 West Roxbury
02134, 02135, 02163 Allston, Brighton
02136 Hyde Park
02199, 02203 Prudential Center, Government Center
02467 Boston/Other (including portions of Boston and Chestnut Hill)
Participating Colleges 

TFCC students can enroll in associate degree or certificate programs at any of the following institutions:

*There are a limited TFCC slots available at the Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology.

Costs Covered
  • Tuition and mandatory fees remaining after any other applicable financial aid has been applied.
  • $250 each semester for up to three years of college-related expenses such as books or transportation.

How to Apply

  1. Apply to a partner college. 
  2. Fill out your FAFSA/MAFSA or the equivalent.
  3. Submit any requested documentation by the priority deadline of July 1

Funding is available on a first-come first-serve basis. Each partner college will make a determination on applying for financial aid packages and students are accepted on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of July 1. Students are encourage to apply early. 

Federal Grant Funding Disclosure
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TFCC is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Community Projects grant at 100% of $1M, the U.S. Department of Labor’s ARPA at 100% of $3M, City of Boston’s Neighborhoods Job Trust at 100% of $1.6M, and non-governmental sources at 0% of $0.

Pursue a Free Four-Year Degree

Interested in continuing on to a four-year college? We have options!

MassTransfer Program

The Tuition Free Community College Plan has launched a pilot program in partnership with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt). The program will cover tuition, fees, and mandatory supplies for PELL-eligible students transferring from a Massachusetts community college to a bachelor’s degree program at MassArt.

 Email questions to Shannon Gallagher, MassArt Transfer Admissions Counselor, at sagallagher@massart.edu.

Learn more

Boston Bridge

Boston Bridge is a partnership between the Tuition Free Community College Plan 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

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