|UMass Lowell has a history of helping high-achieving community college graduates go on to earn bachelor’s degrees. Starting this fall, those students can do it tuition-free.
Massachusetts state community college students who earned an associate’s degree in an approved program with a 3.0 or better grade point average will be eligible for a full tuition discount when they transfer to UMass Lowell. Students who maintain a 3.0 average at UMass Lowell will be eligible for the discount for up to four semesters, the typical length of time needed to finish a bachelor’s degree.
Discounted tuition is just one benefit of the new UMass Lowell Massachusetts Advantage Plus (MAP) program for public community college students. MAP will deliver priority class registration and advising; co-op and internship opportunities; and guaranteed campus housing.
“This program provides students with the tools they need to compete and succeed in today’s workforce,” said Gov. Deval Patrick. “I commend the leadership at UMass Lowell and our community colleges across the state for enthusiastically embracing this wonderful opportunity to collaborate.”
MAP is the latest move by UMass Lowell to make community college students’ transfer process as seamless as possible and encourage academic success once they enroll. UMass Lowell has long participated in a statewide program that guarantees admission for community college students who have a 2.5 grade point average and are enrolled in an approved program.
This year alone, 777 students from 15 Massachusetts public community colleges transferred to UMass Lowell. Transfers have a track record of success at the university: 78 percent continue after their first year and 70 percent graduate within four years.