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What is MassReconnect?

If you are aged 25 or older and want to get a college degree, you can now do so for FREE at North Shore Community College through a new state program called MassReconnect.

Are you eligible for free college?

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. Once grants and scholarships are applied to your bill, the state will cover the remaining balance. The program provides financial support to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies as well as provide funding for career and wraparound support services to encourage you to stay enrolled and complete your degree.

To qualify for MassReconnect, you must:

  • Be at least 25 years old 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)


Recipients who are later determined to be ineligible for MassReconnect may be billed for disbursed funds. NSCC's Aviation Science Professional Pilot is currently not approved for MassReconnect funding.

Want more information?

Sign up for one of our online MassReconnect Info Sessions! After signing up you will receive the Zoom link.

Thursday, May 2nd at 5:00pm  | Sign up

Tuesday, May 14th at 5:00pm  | Sign up

Thursday, May 30th at 5:00 pm | Sign up

How to participate

Complete and file the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. We can help!

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NSCC's Aviation Science Professional Pilot is currently not approved for MassReconnect funding

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NSCC is an accredited public institution of higher education where all are welcome and each is challenged. We are a diverse, caring, inclusive community that will inspire you to become an engaged citizen and to achieve your personal, academic, and career goals. NSCC will prepare you for life in a changing world and workforce through affordable and excellent educational opportunities aligned with today's economic needs.

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