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What is MassTransfer?

MassTransfer provides Massachusetts community college students who complete associate degrees and enroll in linked MassTransfer programs with the full transfer of credit, guaranteed admission and a tuition discount (each based on final GPA).

Please be aware MassTransfer does not apply to every major at Salem State University. You  must complete a specific associate’s degree from your community college that is linked to one of our majors. Please visit the MassTransfer website for the most up to date agreements.



Your MassTransfer status will not be official until after you have completed the appropriate linked associate’s program. You can apply to Salem State University as a transfer student prior to receiving your associate’s degree, but your MassTransfer benefits will not apply until after your final transcript has been received. Please be aware, this is different from MassTransfer Block.


Students may submit the MassTransfer intent to enroll form; however, we prefer the student submit our own online application. Our online application acts exactly the same way as the intent to enroll form, as we have an option to select you are a MassTransfer applicant.Benefits

After completing your associate degree with at least 60 credit hours you will be eligible to transfer into a linked MassTransfer program at a Massachusetts state university or University of Massachusetts campus with the following benefits: 


Benefits  Final minimum GPA 2.0+  Final minimum GPA 2.5+ Final minimum GPA 3.0+  Notes
No application fee Yes Yes  Yes We prefer you submit our online application. It will work exactly the same as MassTransfer application.
No application essay Yes Yes Yes We prefer you submit our online application. It will work exactly the same as MassTransfer application.
Automatic satisfaction of most of all general education requirements Yes Yes Yes Receiving institution may require no more than six additional credits/two courses.
Guaranteed transfer of credits Yes Yes Yes 60 credits
Guaranteed admission   Yes Yes Space permitting in the major and college. Please be aware, Salem State's minimum GPA for admission is a 2.2.
100% tuition waiver     Yes For two years, provided the student:

  • Matriculates within one year of receiving associate degree;
  • Enrolls continuously (full- or part-time) in day program; and
  • Achieves 3.0 GPA in first two semesters

MassTransfer Scholarship

Students transferring directly to Salem State University within one year of graduation from a Massachusetts State Community College with an associate's degree that included completion of the MassTransfer Block with a GPA of 3.0 will be eligible for a scholarship for the amount of in-state day tuition. Students must enroll as a full-time day student, and stay continuously enrolled for the full four semesters of eligibility. In order to maintain the scholarship for the second year of study, students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 at Salem State. 

Students who don't meet the full-time enrollment criteria but who otherwise meet the criteria above may still be eligible for the MassTransfer 33 percent tuition discount, subject to review for eligibility. Before full eligibility can be determined, students must provide a final transcript from their sending community college showing both the associate's degree and MassTransfer certification. Final eligibility is contingent upon full-time registration before the end of the add/drop period.

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