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Quinsigamond Community College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Research Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Learn about its admission info, certificate and degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Quinsigamond Community College

Founded in 1963, Quinsigamond Community College's main campus on Boylston Street in Worcester is augmented by centers located throughout the nearby towns of Marlborough and Southbridge. Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) stands among the 100 largest employers in the area, with more than 770 full- and part-time faculty members. These employees assist more than 13,000 degree and non-degree students each year.

Quinsigamond's facilities provide a number of different services to students and the community. Children aged roughly three- to five-years-old may be enrolled by their parents in the Children's School for daycare. The Children's School is also where QCC's early childhood education students get direct childcare experience through supervised fieldwork. Additional facilities and services include the on-campus Alden Library, a computing center and an athletics center. Online learning opportunities are also available to QCC students.


Quinsigamond Community College offers both certificate and associate's degree programs in five academic areas: engineering and technology, health care and human services, liberal arts, business and general studies. More than 50 associate's degrees are available in areas like health care, human services, technology, hospitality, general studies and liberal arts. Approximately 40 certificate programs are available in these same areas. Quinsigamond also offers a number of non-degree and transfer-credit opportunities. The school has several transfer and articulation agreements in place for students who complete associate's degree programs and want to transfer to 4-year schools to complete bachelor's degrees. The school's Training and Education Center works with employers and individuals to deliver direct job skills training, which allows workers to be immediately qualified for hire with area companies.


Quinsigamond Community College believes in providing access to quality education for all students. As such, the school has an open enrollment policy. Applicants must fill out the application form and have all high school and prior college transcripts sent to the admissions office. Those who have not already completed college-level English or math courses must take the English and Math Assessment Test prior to selecting courses. This test will determine which courses are most appropriate in those areas. Some programs, such as the occupational therapy assistant program, have additional requirements for enrollment.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Each semester, students are billed on a per-credit basis, based on a number of factors. Massachusetts students pay $181 per credit - $24 in tuition and $157 in educational service fees; non-residents pay $387 per credit - $230 in tuition and $157 in educational service fees. Courses with a lab component carry an additional fee of $45. The facilities and technology fees are billed based on the number of credits in which a student is enrolled - $80 and $70, respectively, for students taking fewer than nine credits, $135 and $125, respectively, for students taking nine or more credits. Each semester, a $55 registration fee and $20 parking fee is assessed. A student ID fee of $30 is billed every year. The Massachusetts universal health insurance law requires students taking more than nine credits be a part of a comprehensive health insurance plan; if students cannot prove they already have comparable coverage, they'll pay for coverage that runs September 1 to August 31 through the school at a cost of $1,049 that's added to the Fall semester bill.

Quinsigamond students are eligible for a number of state, federal and internal funding programs. More than a dozen scholarship opportunities exist within the school and are awarded based on various criteria. The September 11, 2001 Tragedy Fund, for example, covers tuition, fees and books for any spouse or child of a Massachusetts resident killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Another example is the $1,000 available to students of the energy utility technology program through the National Grid Energy Utility Technology Scholarship. The school also offers work study opportunities and a tuition payment plan.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates and associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 9,130 (all undergraduate) in 2011*
Student Housing Not available**
Programs Five academic areas of study; more than 50 associate's degree and 40 certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Less-than-one-year Certificate: Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping (22)
Less-than-two-year Certificate: Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (58)
Associate's Degree: General Studies (134)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 14% (for students beginning in Fall 2008)*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 1,859 in 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates 55% for full-time and 46% for part-time students*
Application Due Date Not specified other than to encourage students to apply as soon as possible**
Tuition and Fees $181/credit for state residents; $387/credit for non-residents (Fall 2012)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (53%), Pell grants (39%), federal student loans (24%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% (Full-time beginning undergraduates; 2010-2011)*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Quinsigamond Community College.

School Contact Info

  • Address: Admissions Office, Quinsigamond Community College, 670 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA 01606
  • Phone: (504) 854-4262
  • Website: www.qcc.edu

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