Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) and UMass Dartmouth have entered in to an agreement to help more students get their bachelor degree. According to a CCCC's release, state officials and the heads of both schools met at the CCCC's West Barnstable campus for a signing ceremony. The program will allow CCCC students to transition their associate degree to a bachelor degree for a fixed cost of $30,000.
Students will have the opportunity to choose one of four pathways at UMass Dartmouth. The student's Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts of Associate in Science - Business degree programs will transfer into Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science online degree programs in either General Business Administration, Liberal Studies, Political Science or Women's & Gender Studies, the release said.
"We know how critical increasing both higher education access and degree attainment is to the entire Commonwealth," said CCCC President John Cox. "Being able to provide specific pathways at a fixed cost with UMass is a first for Massachusetts."
Under the program, students will pay $10,000 for the community college portion and $20,000 for the university portion. Students enrolled in the program will also be eligible for financial aid. The program will save the average student $5,000 over four years, the release said.
The only caveat is the program must be completed in six years.
"Money, time and distance too often prevent qualified, potential-filled students from receiving the educational opportunity they deserve," said UMass Darmouth Chancellor Divinia Grossman. "This initiative responds to that challenge and connects Cape Cod students to the innovative faculty at the only Massachusetts research university south of Boston."