Massachusetts residents 25 years of age or older can take advantage of this opportunity to earn an associate degree or certificate for free at any of the Commonwealth’s 15 public community colleges.

  • Be 25 or older on the first day of classes
  • Have been a permanent legal resident of the Commonwealth for at least one year at start of the enrolled term
  • Have not previously received an associate or bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
  • Enroll in at least six credits per semester in an approved program of study leading to an associate degree or certificate
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress according to the college’s requirements
  • Complete the 23-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Reach out to your local community college to learn more.
  • Complete and file the 23-24 FAFSA online. Many community colleges have resources to help you with this form.
  • Enroll at a Massachusetts community college at any time. MassReconnect awards will be made directly by the community colleges at the point of enrollment throughout the academic year.

 Recipients who are later determined to be ineligible for MassReconnect may be billed for disbursed funds.