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Our mission at STCC is to support students and transform lives. One of the ways we strive to accomplish that is by providing affordable and accessible pathways to a college education.

Whether you’re looking for professional credentials to help you in your career, or are looking for ways to achieve a college degree, STCC is here for you.

Community colleges – especially STCC – are the most affordable options for learning beyond high school. Sometimes before you even graduate from high school!

Please consider these options as you or a loved one prepares to take the next step.

College Now

College Now is a dual enrollment program that allows high school students to enroll in one STCC credit course per semester FREE of charge. Students who begin their junior year can take up to four free courses! Courses may be taken to fulfill high school graduation requirements or to pursue an academic interest.


Commonwealth Commitment

The Commonwealth Commitment is a statewide program that provides financial incentives to students who begin their higher education at STCC and then transfer to a Massachusetts public college or university, including UMass. Students must maintain continuous, full-time enrollment while maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA, and are required to complete their Associate Degree in no longer than 2½ years, and then complete their Bachelor’s Degree in no longer than 2 additional years. Financial incentives include a freeze in tuition and mandatory fees for the entirety of a student's enrollment period, as well as a 10% refund (of tuition and mandatory fees) at the conclusion of each Fall and Spring semester.



STCC participates in the MassTransfer Program with the Massachusetts public colleges and universities. This program guarantees participating students admission to the Massachusetts public institution of their choice, provided they graduate from an approved major at STCC with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Participating students are subject to the program requirements in effect at the senior institution when they enroll at STCC. All MassTransfer programs at STCC incorporate the Gen Ed Foundation (formerly, the MassTransfer Block) as part of their course requirements.


Transfer Agreements

STCC is also proud to offer a number of tuition-saving transfer agreements with a number of other public and private colleges and universities such as:

  • Northeastern University
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Elms College
  • Springfield College
  • Western New England University
  • American International College
  • Bay Path University
  • Charter Oak College
  • Cambridge College
  • Southern New Hampshire University

Visit our Transfer page to learn which programs are available on which campus. Additionally, Anna Maria College offers generous scholarships to STCC graduates.