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Current Certificate Students

Policies / Procedures / Forms

Academic Resources

Course Information

  • Registration
  • Auditing
  • Continuing Education Units (CEU's)
  • Discounts
  • Wait lists
  • Cancellations

Tuition Discounts

Transfer and Waiver Credits

  • Transfer Credits
  • Waiver Credits

Registration Status

  • Adding/Dropping
  • Withdrawing



  • Release of grades
  • Contesting a Grade
  • Transcripts

Program Completion 

  • Certificate Completion
  • Graduation Celebration

Student Academic Resources

  • Educational Appeals
  • Enrollment Verification
  • Emergency Information
  • Library and Media Access
  • Health Care 
  • Student Tax Form Information


Course Information

Registration: Course registration is available via the Self-Service portal. Students who have taken a course at the BAC may already have an active account and should contact the IT help desk to retrieve their user name and/or password. If a discount is to be applied, students should contact the Registrar's office at 617.585.0135.

Audit: Some courses are available to take as a non-credit course at a reduced tuition rate. Students who choose the non-credit option may not combine the audit pricing with any other discount. Audit students are considered to be observers to the course; they are welcome to participate, but acceptance of coursework is at the instructors discretion. Grades are not issued for audit courses. 

  • Audit to Credit changes are accepted within the first two course meetings, provided the instructor can provide a grade for all course work. In changing from audit to credit, students will be required to pay the tuition difference. 
  • Credit to Audit changes are not accepted after the first course meeting. 
  • Audit and CEU's: CEU's are not available for audit level courses. 

CEU: For more information, visit our page on Continuing Education Units.

Wait List: Wait list seats are available for all courses. To be placed on a wait list for a closed course, contact registrar@the-bac.edu and include your name, phone number, and the course name and number. Students will be contacted in order of registration once seats become available.

Cancellation: The BAC reserves the right to cancel courses at any time. If a course is canceled, students will be notified via their BAC email address and a full refund will be issued. Students may choose to transfer their tuition to a substitute course.

Tuition Discounts

Students wishing to apply discounts to their tuition should contact the Registrar's office. Please note that discounts are offered only for credit bearing courses and may not be combined.

Graduates: Those who have completed a BAC degree or certificate receive a 50% reduction in tuition.
Seniors: Students over 60 are eligible for a 10% tuition reduction.
Staff: Full-time BAC staff are eligible to receive full tuition remission, 6 credits per academic term, after one year of continuous employment.
Faculty: Faculty are eligible to take up to 3 credits for no cost during or immediately following the term taught. 

Tuition Assistance

  • Employer Reimbursement: The BAC accepts employer reimbursement if the employer issues a purchase order at the time of employee registration expressly stating that "all tuition and fees will be paid unconditionally upon receipt of an invoice from the BAC."
  • AmeriCorps, VA Funding, and Massachusetts Workforce Investment Act Funding: The BAC is able to assist students looking for funding. Contact registrar@the-bac.edu for more information.

Tuition Payment Options

  • Alternative Private Loans: CEU courses and certificate programs are not eligible for federally funded education loans. Alternate credit-based loans may be available through private vendors. Click here for more information.

Transfer & Waiver Credits

Students may apply to receive transfer or waiver credit for prior college-level, credit-bearing courses from an accredited academic institution. The amount of transfer/waiver credits accepted is determined on a program basis and is at the discretion of the BAC.

  • Transfer Credit
    Credit bearing courses that contain the majority of the learning objectives of a required BAC course. If accepted, transfer courses reduce the overall number of courses required by the program. Sample work may be requested for design credits.
  • Waiver Credit
    Credit bearing courses that contain some learning objectives of a required BAC course. If accepted, the wavier credits do not reduce the number of required credits, but allow an alternate course to be taken in place of a required course.

Application for transfer/waiver credit
Submit the following to registrar@the-bac.edu or via postal mail.

  • A transfer/waiver request form
  • Official, sealed transcripts from each institution for which credit is requested
  • A course syllabus or catalog description for each course

All materials must be received in order to complete an assessment. Applicants will be notified via email within 7–10 business days of a decision being made.

Registration Status

Adding/Dropping: Students are permitted to make schedule adjustments only during the published add/drop periods. These days can be found on the academic calendar. Once classes have begun, adds are permitted during the first week while drops may continue through the second week. To drop a course email the Add/Drop form to registrar@the-bac.edu.

Withdrawing: Dropping a course after the third course and before the last class meeting constitutes a withdrawal. Withdrawals are documented on transcripts as a "W." Non-attendance does not constitute as a drop/withdrawal and may result in a failing grade.


Refunds are processed upon the submission of an Add/Drop form, and pro-rated based on when the request is received by the Registrar's office. Courses may be dropped with no financial penalty prior to the start of classes. After the first class, refunds are processed based on the published refund schedule. Only those courses dropped prior to or during the published Add/Drop period are considered eligible for a refund. Courses dropped after the drop period has ended are considered withdrawals. Refunds are not permitted for withdrawals. Refunds are issued within 2–3 weeks, will appear in the same mode as the original payment, and are subject to a $25.00 non-refundable fee. For specific refund percentages and dates, please visit our Tuition Refund Dates page.


  • Grades are released approximately two weeks after the close of the academic term via Self-Service. In order to secure student information, grades cannot be released over the phone or email. 

  • Grade Changes and Appeals must be sent to registrar@the-bac.edu and include all applicable forms.
  • Transcripts: Transcripts may be ordered from the Registrar by submitting a transcript request form.


Program Completion 

Certificate Completion: Upon completion and receipt of their final grade, students must submit a certificate clearance and request form. Certificates are issued on a monthly basis and will be mailed to the postal address provided on the form. 


Student Academic Resources

  • Educational Appeals: Educational Appeals are available for students who have been unable to complete a course due to extenuating hardships. Students who wish to file an appeal must do so by submitting the Educational Appeal Form (link to form) to registrar@the-bac.edu. Students are expected to supply documentation to support their appeal at the time of submission.
  • Enrollment Verification: Students who need proof of enrollment are encouraged to visit Self-Service (link please) and print copies of their schedule and billing. 
  • Emergency Information: School Delays, Closure and Cancellations will be listed on the BAC main page and all students will receive updates via their BAC email account. Additional safety and security information can be found on the Campus Hours and Building Info page.
  • Library: visit the Library website for more information on how to obtain your BAC ID card and access to media labs, printers, copiers and scanners.
  • Health Care: The state of Massachusetts requires all Massachusetts residents to have healthcare insurance. Students who are enrolled in a certificate program will need to provide proof of health insurance.

  • Tax Information: 1098T forms are distributed to all students who have supplied the Bursar's Office with a Social Security Number. Forms are mailed at the end of January. Students who would like a form and who have not yet provided a social security number should call the Bursar's Office for additional information 617.585.0115.