M-Glossary

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Students entering Holyoke Community College in Fall 2009 or more recently are eligible to participate in the MassTransfer Program.

MassTransfer is a statewide program that guarantees admission, tuition reduction, and transfer of credit to the University of Massachusetts and most Massachusetts state colleges. Just enroll in an eligible  programs at HCC and complete your associate’s degree at HCC with a GPA of at least 2.5*. There is no obligation to attend a Massachusetts public college or university.  

* Some majors may require a higher GPA then 2.5. 


You will need to submit a MassTransfer Application to the four-year college you are interested in attending (by February 15th for fall admissions and by October 15th for spring admissions) in your last semester at HCC to complete the MassTransferProcess.

 

MASSTRANSFER 

In June 2008, the Board of Higher Education accepted the Final Report from the Commonwealth Transfer Advisory Group which included a new statewide transfer policy: Masstransfer. Masstransfer seeks to provide a broad population of students with straight forward and understandable options toward the completion of associate and baccalaureate degrees, clearing the way for student access and student success in Massachusetts' public higher education system.

Masstransfer has two main purposes:

• to provide community college students who complete designated associate degrees under Masstransfer with the benefits of the full transfer and applicability of credit, guaranteed admission, and a tuition discount (each benefit based on the student's final grade point average) 

• to linked baccalaureate programs; and to provide any student in the Massachusetts public higher education system the intermediate goal of completing a portable transfer block ("Masstransfer block") which satisfies general education/distribution/core requirements across institutions (with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits/two courses). 

Masstransfer integrates and replaces the Commonwealth Transfer Compact, Joint Admissions, and the Tuition Advantage Program. The Masstransfer policy for community college students who complete designated associate degrees applies to students who matriculate in or after fall 2009 at a Massachusetts community college. The Masstransfer policy for any student in the Massachusetts public higher education system who completes the Masstransfer Block will apply beginning fall 2010, regardless of initial date of enrollment. 

SECTION I:FOR STUDENTS  COMPLETING AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE UNDER MASSTRANSFER AT A MASSACHUSETTS COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

A student completing an associate degree program under MassTransfer will have graduated with a minimum of 60 credit hours and will have completed the following 34-credit general education transfer block, exclusive of developmental coursework.

English Composition/Writing                   6 credit hours

Behavioral and Social Sciences                9 credit hours

Humanities and Fine Arts                        9 credit hours

Natural or Physical Science                      7 credit hours

Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning        3 credit hours

Each associate degree program under MassTransfer is linked to baccalaureate degrees and schools at the Massachusetts state colleges and University of Massachusetts campuses across the Commonwealth. The list of associate degree programs and linked baccalaureate programs under Masstransfer will be available at www.mass.edu, as well as on the transfer websites at the individual public higher education institutions.

BENEFITS

A student completing an associate degree who seeks admission to a linked baccalaureate program under Masstransfer will be entitled to the following benefits based upon the final cumulative grade point average at the community college awarding the degree:

A. A final cumulative grade point average of a 2.0 or higher 

i. Waives the admissions application fee and essay 

ii. Guarantees the full transfer of college-level credits, including "D" grades, applied to the degree requirements of the linked baccalaureate degree or school at the state college or University of Massachusetts campus such that the Masstransfer student will be required to complete no more credits or courses than a native student with the following stipulations:

a. The student changes his or her major.

b. If the linked baccalaureate program requires a higher grade point average or specific courses for the major which are required of native students, the Masstransfer student must meet these requirements. 

iii. Satisfies the general education requirements at the receiving institution with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits / two courses in compliance with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges' Standards for Accreditation. This will apply when the receiving institution already places these requirements on its native students and will determine at its discretion which credits, if any, shall be required. 

B. Note: College-level course credits consistent with the standards set forth in the Undergraduate Experience recommendations are included under Masstransfer. Credits awarded by the sending institution through CLEP, challenge examinations, and credit for prior learning shall be included when a student qualifies under Masstransfer.

C. A final cumulative grade point average of a 2.5 or higher 

i. Grants all of the benefits outlined in section 1A.

ii. Guarantees admission to the linked baccalaureate degree or school at a Massachusetts state college or University of Massachusetts campus with the following stipulations: 

a. If the linked baccalaureate program requires a higher grade point average which is required of native students, the MassTransfer student must meet this requirement. 

b. If because of space or fiscal limitations the receiving institution does not admit all qualified applicants to a given major or program, the receiving institution will use the same criteria for Masstransfer applicants as it does for its native students. 

c. Students must be in good academic, fiscal and disciplinary standing with all previous institutions.

 D. A final cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher 

i. Grants all of the benefits outlined in sections 1A and 1B.

ii. Guarantees a tuition waiver equal to 33% of the Massachusetts resident tuition rate at a state college or University campus for two years of undergraduate enrollment with the following requirements:

a. Enrollment is continuous at the state college or university campus.

b. The student earns a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher for the first year of enrolment at the state college or University of Massachusetts campus.

Note: for students demonstrating compelling hardships, institutions may exercise professional judgment regarding the above conditions.

SECTION II: FOR STUDENTS COMPLETING THE GENERAL EDUCATION TRANSFER BLOCK AT ANY MASSACHUSETTS HIGHER EDUCATION iNSTITUTION WITH A 2.0 OR HIGHER GRADE POINT AVERAGE.

A student completing the general education transfer block will have earned the following 34 credit hours outlined below, exclusive of developmental coursework.

English Composition/Writing                     6 credit hours

Behavioral and Social Sciences                  9 credit hours

Humanities and Fine Arts                         9 credit hours

Natural or Physical Science                        7 credit hours

Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning         3 credit hours

BENEFITS

Students completing the 34-credit general education transfer block (exclusive of developmental coursework) with a 2.0 or higher grade point average will be entitled to the following benefit: 

Satisfies the general education requirements at the receiving institution with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits / two courses in compliance with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges' Standards for Accreditation. This will apply when the receiving institution already places these requirements on its native students and will determine at its discretion which credits, if any, shall be required. Students enrolled in a specific major or degree program may be required to take additional courses if these courses are specifically required for the major or program and are required of native students. For full details about the Masstransfer policy, please see the Transfer Counselor or go to www.mass.edu.

 

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