Stonehill, Massasoit Agree To New Transfer Partnership

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By Colin Young
State House News Service

Some students at Massasoit Community College will have the opportunity starting this fall to transfer to Stonehill College with guaranteed admission and earn a bachelor’s degree while paying half-price on tuition, the schools announced Tuesday.

Massasoit students in good standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 in five non-technical courses at or above the 100 level and who have not earned any individual grade below a C during their time at Massasoit will have the application fee waived and will be assured a spot in either Stonehill’s business school or its arts and sciences school. They will also get at least a 50 percent reduction in tuition for their initial semester, which can be renewed for up to eight semesters.

“At Massasoit, we strive to ensure that our students find success when they graduate or choose to transfer to a four-year institution to continue their education,” said Ray DiPasquale, president of Massasoit Community College. “Through this partnership, these students will have an incredible opportunity to accomplish their educational goals. We are grateful to our partners at Stonehill for recognizing the amazing potential of Massasoit students and affording them this opportunity.”

There is also an additional scholarship option available to Massasoit students from Brockton. The schools said transfer students who graduated from Brockton High School, New Heights Charter School, or are residents of Brockton who graduated from Southeastern Regional High School will get an additional $7,500 “Brockton Scholarship.”

Stonehill said that it is “hopeful that enhancing transparency in the application and scholarship awarding process through this program will provide an appealing pathway for students interested in completing their bachelor’s degree at a private Catholic institution.”

Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey has put community colleges like Massasoit at the center of her workforce development plans, pledging in her inaugural speech to include in her first budget proposal a “MassReconnect” program that would make community college free for people 25 and older without a college degree. Senate President Karen Spilka has called for the state to go further and make community college free for all. 


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