Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much does it cost to enroll in the Step Up to College Program?
A. Because the College receives a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education to fund this Program, the classes and texts are offered at no cost to qualified applicants.

Q. What are the requirements to apply to the Program?
A. Any Massachusetts resident who has graduated from a GED or Adult Diploma program is eligible to apply. Candidates must also take the Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test (MAPT) and obtain scores of 500 or better in Reading and 400 or better in Math.

Q. When do classes meet?
A. Classes are held in the evening, generally two nights per week. The courses follow the College calendar: fall semester runs from September through mid-December and the spring semester spans mid-January through May.

Q. What is a cohort or “community of learners”?
A. In a learning community, the same group of students attends a set of classes together and the instructors collaborate with one another to make connections between their courses.

Q. Will I receive credits for the courses I complete in the Step Up to College Program?
A. Yes, you will receive credits and grades that become part of your College record and count towards your GPA (grade point average) and your SPI (satisfactory progress index). Whether or not you can apply the credits towards a degree, or certificate, will depend on the results of your College Placement tests and your choice of degree or certificate program.