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MassReconnect is a new program funding free community college for adults 25 and older who do not already have a college degree. 


Who is eligible?

Who is eligible?

Students are eligible for MassReconnect if they:

  • Are 25 or older on the first day of classes
  • Are enrolled in and pursuing a program of higher education at a public community college
  • Have not previously earned a college degree
  • Are enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • NECC’s school code is 002174
  • Are a Massachusetts resident (and have been for a least one year)
  • Are not in default on any federal or state student loans for attendance at any institution, or owe a refund for any previous state financial aid program.
Currently enrolled at NECC?

Are you an eligible student currently enrolled at NECC?

Our Financial Aid team will contact you on changes to your student account and what steps you can expect as MassReconnect is rolled out.

Are you a former NECC student who didn't graduate?

Are you a former NECC student who didn’t graduate?

Come back! We encourage you to discuss your options with our Enrollment Services team.

What's covered?

What’s covered?

Tuition and fees, and students would receive an allowance to pay for books and supplies.

Take the next step

Take the next step

  1. Apply to Northern Essex Community College.
  2. Complete the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    – NECC’s school code is 002174
  3. Submit your contact information so that we can reach out with more information.


  • Recipients who are later determined to be ineligible for MassReconnect may be billed for disbursed funds.


Got Prior Learning Experience?

You’ve had a wealth of life experience that may align with learning outcomes of many of our courses. Graduate faster with an assessment of your life experience and prior learning for potential academic credit.

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Join Us For a MassReconnect Information Session

Learn how MassReconnect provides funding for adults 25 and older to earn a college degree at no cost. Join us to learn about eligibility requirements at one of our information sessions.

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