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Transitional Scholars Program

Transitional Scholars Program
MassBay Community College
Transitional Scholars Program
50 Oakland Street
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Program Contact Phoebe Bustamante
Phone 781.239.2625

The Transitional Scholars Program at MassBay is a student centered program designed for transition age students with a documented intellectual disability. The population this program serves are students currently enrolled in their high school transition programs or transitioning from high school to post-secondary education. The Transitional Scholars Program is designed for students who are interested in taking one or two college courses per semester and accessing the program's services for a maximum of 3 years. Given the individualized nature of this program, all decisions are at the discretion of the program coordinator and his/her designee.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 15
School district or agency partner: Newton, Wayland, Brookline, Needham, Cambridge
Deadline to apply to this program: April 6
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 17-23
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 63%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program: $5,400 for tuition and fees per semester.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 25%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 25%
We offer the following specialized credentials:


Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students in the Transitional Scholars Program have participated in many different clubs at MassBay, including the Drama Club, Gamers Club, Glee Club, International Club, and Marvel & DC Comics Club. Additionally, many students utilize the gym and workout facilities on campus and we have had a student serve as the team manager for the MassBay Men's Basketball Team. MassBay also has a wide offering of monthly special events that we encourage all students to join.

Last updated: Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 16:00