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Student Participation Form

Students who are interested in participating in the Commonwealth Commitment must sign up within their first 15 credits at a Massachusetts community college. Talk to your advisor for more information, and to obtain a student participation form. Please note that to complete the form, you will need to choose an A2B Mapped program from the list of eligible majors and decide which state university or UMass campus you would like to transfer to.


Review student eligibility requirements for the Commonwealth Commitment:

At the community college:

When transferring to Massachusetts state university or UMass campus:

  • Immediately following completion of a MassTransfer associate degree, enroll as a degree-seeking student in a MassTransfer A2B Mapped major (continuous Fall/Spring semesters).
  • Additional forms may be required for admission; students should read correspondence sent from the institution.
  • Enroll in at least 15 college-level credits per semester at the same university.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (not including developmental course work).
  • Complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of transferring.

When transferring to Massachusetts College of Art and Design or Massachusetts Maritime Academy:

  • 1.5 years after submitting the Participation Form at the community college, enroll as a degree-seeking student in a MassTransfer A2B Mapped major (continuous Fall/Spring semesters).
    • Students may be required to produce a portfolio as part of the acceptance criteria to Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
    • Additional forms may be required for admission; students should read correspondence sent from the institution.
  • Enroll in at least 15 college-level credits per semester at the same institution.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above (not including developmental course work).
  • Complete a bachelor’s degree within three years of transferring (may require more than 120 total credits to graduate).
  • Reverse transfer credits back to the community college to complete an associate degree.