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.