NORTH ADAMS — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced new incentives aimed at recruiting students from New York state.
The college will now offer guaranteed admission to any New York student with an associate degree from any State University of New York institution with at least a 2.5 grade-point average. That transfer student will be guaranteed admission into his or her major of choice at MCLA and receive an 85 percent discount on the standard out-of-state tuition, an estimated savings of about $8,400 annually.
"We're excited to streamline the transfer process for New York students," said Gina Puc, director of admission at MCLA, in a statement issued by MCLA. "It's a wonderful opportunity for those with an associate degree to seamlessly transfer to MCLA and enjoy our New York Tuition Reduction Program rate while they earn their bachelor's degree. It's a great value."
The college already has offered the 85 percent discount to students from New York state — where about 25 percent of the current student body is from — but the new program will streamline the transfer process, Puc told the Eagle.
New students will have his or her credits from the SUNY institution automatically transferred to MCLA, where they will be applied toward their core curriculum. Up to 60 credits will be transferable.
Due to changing demographics and the perception of rising college costs, Puc said an increasing number of students are transferring into traditional colleges like MCLA. The new program, Puc said, was created in an effort to "make the transfer process seamless for New York students."
There hasn't been a cap set on the number of students that will be accepted through the option for New York students, but Puc advised students interested in attending the Fall 2016 semester to apply by the March 1 deadline for financial aid priority.