Fresh Start

Fresh Start Policy:

The MCC Fresh Start policy allows students who have not been enrolled in courses at MCC for at least three years an opportunity to establish a new academic record upon returning to the college. In such cases, a student’s entire academic record for the semesters he/she previously attended MCC will be excluded from their grade point average calculation and degree requirements. All credit hours and grades will remain on the transcript and a notation of the MCC Fresh Start will be added to the transcript.

In order to be eligible for the Fresh Start program a student must:

  • submit a Fresh Start application after the completion of a minimum of 12 credits and prior to completing 24 new credits upon return to MCC, earning a grade of “C” or better in each course,
  • be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program at MCC;
  • have an MCC attendance gap of at least three (3) years prior to re-enrollment;
  • have a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 from MCC at the time of return; and
  • not have been awarded a degree or certificate previously from MCC.

If approved based on the above criteria, the student’s transcript will reflect the Fresh Start. A student is only eligible for “academic forgiveness” one time, and once approved, the decision cannot be reversed. If a student is granted an MCC Fresh Start, the student’s catalog term will be based on the date of re-enrollment.

Fresh Start Program Process:

A Fresh Start Program Application must be submitted to the Provost’s office, Cataldo Building, Room 202, Bedford Campus. Forms can be sent to the attention of Philip Sisson, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.

Please attach a letter documenting the reason for this request. The letter should include a summary of your history at MCC including why you were not successful in the past, how you feel a Fresh Start would benefit you, what changes you have made upon your return to MCC and what strategies you will implement to help ensure your continued success if your application is approved. All applicants are required to meet with the Provost for review. To schedule an appointment, please contact Wendy Khadjikian at (781) 280-3566 or

If you have additional Fresh Start questions, please contact:

Gail Lucozzi, Academic Progress Coordinator, at (781) 280-3593 or or
Patricia Bruno, Associate Dean of Student Support Services, at (978) 656-3212 or

Last Modified: 9/18/19