Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and City of Boston Partner on Tuition-Free Education
New England Council members the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) and the City
of Boston unveiled a new program that will provide tuition-free community
college to incoming and enrolled students next year. This program targets those
studying to obtain their associate’s degree within three years.
Students enrolled in this program must be Boston residents
who graduated from a high school within the Boston Public Schools system,
graduated as a METCO student, or earned their HiSET or GED from a Boston
institution. While some area schools are already participating in this program,
such as New England Council member Bunker Hill
Community College, BFIT is the first private institution to participate.
These programs are funded by the Neighborhood Jobs Trust, which collects
linkage fees on big sale commercial development in Boston.
Anthony Benoit, President of BFIT, explained, “A lot of kids
leave high school saying ‘oh I’ll get back to that’ and then it turns into year
after year where don’t go back so this is specifically designed to say ‘go
right to school, don’t wait just keep going to school.’”
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said, “The investments being made
in our city by the people developing and building in our city and taking that
money and putting it back into a program that offers education for people to
move forward. . . That’s the best way to do it. . . We will continue to make
college more accessible and affordable and that’s the way you make a better
The Council commends this collaboration between BFIT and
Boston, and for their joint efforts to increase the accessibility of education