Connecticut’s Tuition-free Option Extended at Middlesex Community College

Aug. 4, 2020 (Middletown, Conn.) — New full-time students can still register at Middlesex Community College (MxCC) and apply to participate in the Pledge to Advance Connecticut (PACT), Connecticut’s tuition and fee-free community college program.

PACT logoMiddlesex will continue to accept applications for PACT for the fall semester on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who enroll now will receive priority in the order in which they are received, within available funding.

According to Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) President Mark Ojakian, interest in the PACT program has been strong, with more than 2,200 students receiving $2.5 million in grant awards through the initial July deadline for priority consideration. These qualified students will owe no out-of-pocket tuition or mandatory fees to attend one of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges.

At Middlesex, the financial aid office began to distribute nearly $187,000 to eligible students for the fall semester. Based on the continued demand for PACT funding, the CSCU will continually review awarded PACT funds, and reserve the ability to transfer funding from one college to another to meet the demand.

In order to qualify for PACT, potential students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a graduate of a public or private Connecticut high school (GED and homeschooled students qualify).
  • Be a first-time college student (those who participated in dual enrollment programs while in high school are not excluded).
  • Fill out FAFSA and accept all awards.
  • Attend community college full-time (12 or more credits per semester):
    Enroll in classes today for first-come, first-served consideration.
    Participate in a degree or credit-bearing certificate program.
    Once enrolled, remain in good academic standing.

To apply for the program, eligible students must enroll in classes at Middlesex (or any of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges). PACT is a last-dollar scholarship, so once students enroll in classes and complete all necessary financial aid documentation, including the FAFSA, PACT funding will be applied to their account. To learn more, visit

To register at Middlesex Community College, please visit Fall classes begin on August 26.

Since 1966, Middlesex Community College has provided high-quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, enhancing the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. A part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, MxCC offers more than 70 degree or certificate programs at the main 35-acre campus in Middletown, MxCC@Platt in Meriden, and online.