International Students | MassBay Community College


International Students | MassBay Community College

Why Study at Massachusetts Bay Community College?
  • High quality education at an affordable price.
  • Ranked as the Number 1 community college in Massachusetts by the Brookings Institute.
  • Guaranteed transfer to the University of Massachusetts or any Massachusetts State University, and transfer agreements with many private colleges and universities.
  • MassBay graduates have also transferred to Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Wellesley College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and many more private institutions.
  • More than 70 Degree and Certificate Programs.
  • Located eight miles from Boston, accessible by public transportation.
  • ESL classes and free tutoring in any subject.

International Student Application

I would like to apply to Massachusetts Bay Community College. I am a:

Housing Resources for International Students

Massachusetts Bay Community College does not offer on-campus housing. Our students live throughout metropolitan Boston and many come to campus via public transportation.

MassBay students are eligible to apply for dormitory housing at Framingham State University. MassBay students live with host families, share apartments with other students, or rent apartments in the Boston area. Here are some Housing Resources.

Jobs for International Students

Students studying on an F1 visa have limited opportunities for employment and should not plan to rely on income from work during their first year at MassBay.  Information is available at

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Student Support Quick Links Services

MassBay Virtual Q&A Center

MassBay staff members are available to answer questions and offer real-time virtual support on a wide range of topics:

MassBay Virtual Q&A Center Virtual Visit →

Academic & Transfer Advising

Our academic advising team looks forward to assisting you! September, 2022: We are now meeting in person as well as providing 100% virtual academic advising through our Zoom Virtual Advising Center (VAC). Please first visit our webpage for the VAC’s list of services. hours of operation, and contact information:

Virtual Advising Center | Hours, Services, and Contact Info →

Academic Achievement Center

September 2022: The Academic Achievement Center now open for in-person visits, as well as online, and ready to support students. Join the staff of the AAC during their open hours to make an appointment to meet with a Learning Specialist or Peer Tutor, to take an exam, to drop-in for extra help, to meet with your study group or ask about our services:

Pay for College

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Starting at MassBay means access to top-notch faculty, a wide range of courses and degree programs, and the support you need to succeed – for a fraction of the cost. At MassBay, we are committed to helping you get the financial support you need to reach your educational goals.

Compare Costs

You already made a smart choice by considering a MassBay education. See how our Tuition & Fees compare to other four-year colleges and universities on our Cost Comparison Guide.

Invest in yourself. We can help.

Whether you need a little or a lot of financial support, we have programs that can you pay for your education:

  • Federal Financial AidIf you are a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident seeking a degree in a qualifying program, you may be eligible for financial aid, which include federal grants (money you don’t have to pay back!), work study (earn money while you learn), and low-interest federal leoans

  • MassBay ScholarshipsThe MassBay Foundation awards more than $200,000 in scholarships to students registered for classes. Scholarships can help pay for tuition, books, or materials to support your education.

  • Commonwealth Commitment: Commit to starting at a community college, then transferring to one of the state universities or a UMass campus, and reap the financial savings.

  • Tuition-Free Plan for Boston ResidentsOffered in partnership with Boston Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, Boston high school graduates may qualify to attend MassBay tuition-free, provided you meet certain income eligibility requirements.

  • Veteran and Military BenefitsMassBay consistently ranks among the top colleges for veterans and active military. Take advantage of your GI Bill and other benefits to help pay for education.

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