North Shore Promise Award
Academic Programs Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the focus areas of study students can follow within the "Commonwealth Commitment Pathways"?
The foundation for the Commonwealth Commitment Pathways is the State's MassTransfer Program. At NSCC, there are two different types of Commonwealth Commitment Pathways that allow students to graduate with an associate degree and transfer to any to MA State college or university with a junior status. These students will continue to receive the Commonwealth Commitment benefits (tuition freeze and a 10% discount each semester) as determined by the MA State college or university that an individual student transfers to after graduating from NSCC. Students following these pathways may be eligible for both the Massachusetts Commonwealth Commitment and the North Shore Promise Award.
Q. What is the difference between the Commonwealth Commitment Pathways and an "NSCC program"?
NSCC programs like Elementary Education or Engineering, are eligible for the North Shore Promise Award, but are not currently available as part of the Commonwealth Commitment. Students in these programs will graduate with a specific Associate of Arts Degree or Associate of Science (depending on the program they choose). These students are strongly encouraged to follow the MassTransfer guidelines to help with a smooth transfer to a Massachusetts State college or university.
Q: What if I change my NSCC Academic Program to a non-eligible Academic Program?
North Shore Promise Award participants who decide to change their program to a non-eligible program would no longer be eligible for the North Shore Promise Award. These students would be responsible for any semester balances due beginning with the semester that their program change was effective. However, in most cases you would still be eligible for your Federal and State financial aid.
Q: Does it matter when I take classes during the 2.5 years I'm eligible for funding?
Once you enroll at NSCC and start receiving North Shore Promise Award funds in Fall 2017, you must attend continuously, Fall and Spring semesters, until you graduate (attendance during the Summer semester is optional and is not covered).
Q: What if my final high school GPA is less than 2.7?
We are qualifying you based on the transcript you submit at the time you complete your NSCC Admission Application. Please provide an official high school transcript with your NSCC Admissions Application. Students whose final transcripts indicate a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher will be given preference. However, GPAs of 2.3 - 2.69 will also be considered. As mentioned above, you can also substitute this requirement by obtaining the equivalent placement scores on your Accuplacer tests.
Q: What if my academic goal changes after I enroll?
As long as you remain in a North Shore Promise Award eligible program and are still on track to complete in 2.5 years you will remain eligible to receive North Shore Promise Award funding. Please consult with an academic counselor prior to changing your academic program to explore how it will impact your path to graduation.
Q. What else does the North Shore Promise Award provide?
The North Shore Promise Award also offers personal support. All students enrolled in the Promise will be monitored by College staff and advisors. We share and support your goal to graduate within 2.5 years. Offices to contact with questions include:
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