UMass Dartmouth announced today that it will waive tuition for incoming students who have earned an Associate's degree and maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average at any of the state's 15 community colleges. The waiver will be good for up to four semesters.
Tuition for the 2014-15 academic year was $1,417. Community college students will remain eligible for additional need- and merit-based financial aid.
"We want to encourage successful community college students to continue their education at UMass Dartmouth and build on their educational momentum,'' said Chancellor Divina Grossman. "This program, combined with recent increases in the financial aid and freezing of tuition and fees for two years in a row, supports our mission to keep excellent educational opportunities financially accessible."
UMass Dartmouth welcomed more than 350 community college transfer students last year, predominantly from Bristol, Massasoit and Cape Cod community colleges. The program will go into effect beginning January 2015 for new transfer students. Current UMass Dartmouth students who graduated from a Massachusetts public community college with an Associate's degree and a 3.0 GPA and have maintained a 3.0 or better GPA at UMass Dartmouth and are Mass Transfer eligible will also qualify.
"Community college students have an excellent track record of success at the university, and we look forward to making more of them a part of our community," said Ian Day, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management.
The University awarded more than $113 million in federal, state, campus-based and external financial aid this year. Since 2010, the campus-based aid has increased from $12.3 million to $18.2 million.