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Tuition-Free Community College (TFCC) Plan

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

The deadline to apply for the 2023 TFCC cohort has passed. Sign up online to be notified about the 2024 cohort. 

College is too important to be limited to those who can afford it. The Tuition-Free Community College (TFCC) Plan pays for up to three years of tuition and fees for all Boston residents pursuing an associate degree or an eligible certificate program at a partner college.

Before You Apply

  • Be a Boston resident.
  • Enroll in an associate degree or short-term certificate program at a partner college.
  • Complete the FAFSA.*

*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.
  • Debt of up to $2,500 for students with an outstanding balance at a partner college that is preventing a student from re-enrolling at that college.

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

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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