Brings NH connections to cross-border workforce
Portsmouth, NH – Seacoast communities are home to a cross-border workforce, and Great Bay Community College (GBCC) is expanding its in-state tuition rate to serve students whose education supports the regional economy. Beginning this fall, many residents of Massachusetts and Maine living within 50 miles of the college in Portsmouth will be able to take advantage of in-state tuition rates. Those living just north of Boston and south of Portland, Maine can take advantage of these lower rates and the wide range of programming that is available at GBCC.
Programs at Great Bay can fill needs for residents seeking unique programs or ties with employers based in NH.
GBCC currently charges $323 per credit hour for New England students living outside of NH. The in-state rate now available to those within the 50-mile radius is $215 per credit hour. The savings of $108 a credit hour for a 60-credit program that leads to an associate degree would equal $6,480. For Great Bay, the move may bolster enrollment at a time when college-going behavior is likely to be affected by financial and COVID-related concerns.
“Those living in the communities to the north and south of Portsmouth may have limited affordable programming at their local institutions. Given how close GBCC is to both border communities and how employees may live in one state and work in another across this region, it made sense to expand educational opportunity and lower cost across this region,” said Steve Gorman, director of admissions at GBCC.
GBCC has more than 50 degree and certificate programs offered at its Portsmouth and Rochester campuses. Some of the most popular offerings at GBCC include liberal arts, business administration, nursing, psychology, criminal justice, accounting, welding technologies, veterinary technology, early childhood education and computer numeric control (CNC). GBCC also has transfer agreements with other four-year colleges and universities in the region and is one of the largest transfer feeder schools to the University of New Hampshire. GBCC’s in-state tuition will be nearly equal to the per credit cost in Massachusetts while providing additional program options.
The Trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) have selected Dr. Patrick Tompkins, currently with the Virginia Community College System, to be the next president of NHTI-Concord’s Community College. He will assume his new role on February 1, 2023.