Massachusetts Transfer Programs
In Massachusetts, the Department of Higher Education (DHE) and the state’s 29 public colleges and universities work together to provide numerous programs to encourage and expedite the transfer of credits from one state school to another. Each of these transfer programs focuses on a different aspect of the transfer process.
If you are transferring from one Massachusetts public higher education institution to another, the new MassTransfer program will make the process easier. When applying for admission, use the online transfer application located on Undergraduate or Transfer Central. Select MassTransfer when the drop/down menu appears. You will not be required to pay the application fee if you transfer as part of program.
MassTransfer has two main purposes:
- To provide community college students who complete associate degrees and enroll in linked MassTransfer Programs with full transfer of credit, guaranteed admission, and a tuition discount (each based on final GPA); and
- To provide any student in the Massachusetts public higher education system who completes the MassTransfer Block the benefit of satisfying the core (general education) requirements at any other public higher education institution, with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits or two courses.
The MassTransfer Block refers to a set of core (general education ) requirements, consisting of 34 college-level credits. These credits, when completed together with a 2.0 or higher GPA, fully transfer to any Massachusetts public higher education institution, even if you don't have your associate's degree. These credits also satisfy the core (general education) requirements at any other Massachusetts public higher education institution, with the receiving institution being able to add no more than six additional credits/two courses.
If you graduate from your community college in a Joint Admissions Program and have earned at least a 2.5 GPA, you will be automatically admitted into one of Bridgewater State University’s Joint Admissions Programs.
Community college students who graduate with a 3.0 GPA or higher are allowed to participate in the Tuition Advantage Program . The Tuition Advantage Program provides a 33% reduction off in-state tuition at Bridgewater. This deduction will automatically appear on your tuition statement. NOTE: Failure to achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA at the end of the first year of matriculation makes a student ineligible to receive the tuition waiver for the second year.
If you are in a joint admissions program and meet all of the conditions, simply fill out a Joint Admissions Intent to Enroll form or a Bridgewater State University Joint Admissions Transfer application .
Joint Admissions students do not have to write an essay, submit high school transcripts or SAT scores. You also do not have to pay the application fee. If you would like to take advantage of the application fee waiver, you must submit your application to the Office of Admission at Bridgewater State University in paper format.
You may apply online at the Undergraduate Addmission page. Be sure to click on "Joint Admissions" on the drop-down menu.
Note: MA community college students who matriculated prior to fall 2009 and who choose to continue in the Commonwealth Transfer Compact and/or Joint Admissions Program will be required to complete their associate degree by August 2013 and must matriculate to Bridgewater State University by fall 2014.
Tuition Advantage Program
Community college students who graduate with a 3.0 GPA or higher and are part of the Joint Admissions Program or MassTransfer Program are eligible to participate in the Tuition Advantage Program. The Tuition Advantage Program provides a 33% reduction off in-state tuition at Bridgewater State University. This deduction will automatically appear on your tuition statement when your application is complete. To complete your application, the Office of Admissions must receive your final transcript.
Note: Failure to achieve a cumulative 3.0 grade point average at the end of the first year of matriculation makes a student ineligible to receive the tuition waiver for the second year.
A new option for completing your associate's degree while earning your bachelor's
Students transferring to Bridgewater State University from one of the region’s community colleges – Bristol, Cape Cod, or Massasoit – may be eligible to receive an associate’s degree using credits earned as they pursue a bachelor’s degree. If you transferred from one of the other community colleges in Massachusetts and would like to know more about how reverse transfer could work for you, contact the Transfer Center.
How the process works
After your first semester at Bridgewater, you will be invited to participate in the Reverse Transfer Program. You will be required to submit a form giving Bridgewater permission to send transcript information back to your community college. Upon receiving your form, the community college will send you a degree audit identifying your outstanding requirements.
Continue taking classes toward your bachelor' degree while considering whether some might also help you complete your associate's degree. When you have met all degree requirements at the community college, the college will send you an application for graduation. Return the application and you will receive your diploma and an invitation to the next graduation ceremony.
Students who complete their associate's degrees are more likely to remain enrolled and finish their bachelor's degrees. Pay raises and promotions are often based on the attainment of a degree, so it will benefit you to earn your associate's degree.
If your pursuit of a bachelor's degree is interrupted, you will already have a college degree to your credit. Since you received your associate's degree while paying for your bachelor's degree, you effectively completed two degrees at the same time. Students enrolled in the Reverse Transfer Program will not incur costs such as transcript and graduation fees.
If you are interested in participating in the Reverse Transfer Program, please contact Sandra Christoun, Director of Transfer Services, Bridgewater State University, Boyden Hall, Room 104 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508.531.2625,