Ability to Benefit

High school students who have met the course requirements for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but who have not passed the MCAS test nor received a GED may apply for admission to a BHCC degree-granting program (matriculation) through the Ability to Benefit policy as follows:

Upon submitting an application for admission, applicants will be required to take an Ability to Benefit assessment test.  Applicants achieving the minimum score as established by the U.S. Department of Education (for Accuplacer – Reading:  55; Sentence Skills: 60; Math: 34) will be admitted to BHCC and will be permitted to matriculate, but will not be eligible to apply for or receive financial aid.  Students enrolled in an ESL or bilingual program at the time of high school graduation can take the COMPASS ESL exam to qualify for acceptance to the College through Ability to Benefit, but will not be eligible to apply for or receive financial aid.