Highlights of MassBay Community College

■ Open admissions

■ Number of students: 5,500

■ Tuition and fees: $174 per credit; typical cost per course, $522


■ Average financial aid package: $4,606

■ Highlights: Between its three locations in Wellesley, Ashland, and Framingham, MassBay offers 70 certificate and associate’s degree programs, with most credits transferable to four-year bachelor’s degree programs in the region. It offers 100 classes online. The top five certificate programs are practical nursing, emergency medical technician, central processing technician, early childhood education, and interior design.