Browse the Massachusetts Public Higher Education System
- Public Higher Education Directory
Browse a list of higher education institutions in Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts Community Colleges
Find out about community colleges across the state.
- Massachusetts State Universities
Learn about Massachusetts’ nine public state universities.
- University of Massachusetts
The University of Massachusetts is the Commonwealth’s public research university system.
- Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO)
Browse courses and degrees offered online by the nine state universities and 15 community colleges.
- University of Massachusetts Online Courses
Find out about online courses and programs offered by the University of Massachusetts.
- Admissions Requirements for Public Colleges and Universities
Find basic information on admission requirements for the University of Massachusetts, state universities, and community colleges.
College and University Administration
- New Institutions
Independent institutions of higher education (for-profit, non-profit and out-of-state institutions seeking to operate in Massachusetts) must submit a proposal, necessary fee, and petition to the Board of Higher Education.
- Program Approval at Existing Institutions
The Board of Higher Education serves a role of consumer protection and coordinates the review and approval of new academic programs at independent institutions chartered after 1943 and out-of-state institutions seeking to offer courses for college credit in Massachusetts.
- Closed Institutions
Massachusetts law requires any closing institution to notify the Board of Higher Education of its intention to close as far as possible in advance.
- Residency Policy for In-State Tuition
Find out if you qualify for in-state tuition at a college or university in Massachusetts.
- In-State Tuition Table
Browse in-state tuition and fees for the University of Massachusetts, state universities, and community colleges.
MassTransfer streamlines the transfer process and maximizes transfer credit within the Massachusetts public higher education system. If you complete your associate’s degree before attending a state university or University of Massachusetts campus, you will also be eligible for additional benefits and financial aid.
- Degrees Under $30K
Some public community colleges and four-year institutions have teamed up to offer associate and bachelor's degrees that cost $30,000 or less.
Find Your Records
- Records from Closed Institutions
Find the record holder for closed degree-granting colleges and universities in Massachusetts.
- Internship and Co-op Programs
Find information on internship and co-op programs available at state colleges and universities.
- Non-credit Training Courses
Check out which community colleges offer workforce training courses. These non-credit courses are focused on professional development, and don’t count toward a degree.
- Apprenticeship Program
Find information on apprenticeship programs from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD), including programs for returning veterans.
Apply for Federal or State Aid
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Apply for federal aid and state aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Quick Guide to Financial Aid
Find out what types of financing you may be eligible for with a chart from the Department of Higher Education’s OSFA.
- State Financial Aid Options
Find information on scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, and other financial aid options from the Commonwealth.
Financial Aid Advice
- Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)
Take advantage of financial planning resources to help prepare for and pay your tuition bill. MEFA also offers low-interest loans.
- Veterans Education
Find information about the GI Bill and other state and federal programs that support veterans in higher education.
- National Scholarships for Veterans
Find out what scholarships you may be eligible for as a U.S. veteran.
- VALOR Act
Find out where you may be eligible for academic credits for your military training, coursework, and experience.