Postsecondary Programs

Our Mission

Through a rigorous, holistic, and comprehensive program of vocational/technical and academic preparation, as well as a progressive system of individual support and guidance, we strive to maximize the potential of each student for a successful transition to full-time employment, to the pursuit of higher education and to a personal commitment of lifelong learning.

Tri-County offers several postsecondary programs in the fields of Nursing and Cosmetology.  These programs are designed to prepare students for licensure and initial employment in their chosen field.  Details about each program are provided through the links below.

Additional Information

FACTS Payment Plan Information

FACTS Payment Plan Information

Tri-County has contracted FACTS to provide our postsecondary students with a payment plan option to help make tuition payment a little less stressful for you and your family. You now have the option of paying your tuition balance in full or of spreading the payments over either nine or ten months. This payment plan offers you two different monthly payment options — either automatic withdrawal from a bank account or automatic payment through a credit card. (Please note that there is an additional convenience fee charge for each credit card payment.)  To enroll, fill out the simple online form and you are on your way. The one time charge is only $50 for this service with no additional interest charged or fees assessed if you make your payments on time. The following links will provide you with additional information about the program. You can also contact the Continuing Education Department for help with any questions you may have as well.

Please note that unless you pay your entire tuition on or before the first day of class you must enroll in this program to set up a payment plan. This payment program is only available to students enrolled in:

Practical Nursing
Practical Nursing Evenings (will require you to sign up and is subject to the enrollment fee each year)
Cosmetology Day and Evenings

Continuing Education programs are not covered by this program.

Follow this link to enroll or monitor your account.

FACTS Brochure with Commonly Asked Questions

FACTS Consumer Portal Tips

Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid for Tri-County Postsecondary Programs

Federal Financial Aid for both Practical Nursing and Adult Cosmetology is available to qualifying students through the Federal Financial Aid System.  These are the only two programs that currently qualify for financial aid of any type.  Currently, the only Financial Aid funds available at Tri-County are PELL Grants.  Student loans through the Federal Financial Aid system are not available for programs at Tri-County.

If you are enrolled or planning to enroll in either of these full-time programs, you can find out if you qualify by filling out a FAFSA form which can be done at  

You will need to enter Tri-County’s school code which is 041220 in order for your information to be automatically forwarded to us.

For more information about Federal Financial Aid you can go here:  You can also view our Financial Aid guide here or contact us at 508-528-5400 x119 and x117.

Tri-County is required to disclose specific information to all students as a requirement of Title IV Financial Aid.  The information can be found on this page along with its specific links as well as on the Postsecondary Student Information page.  If you are having any trouble finding any specific information please contact the Adult Education office.

For information about the Verification Process  click here

Net Price Calculator for estimating the cost of attending Pell eligible programs at Tri-County can be accessed here.

College Navigator

In an effort to assist all students, the College Navigator is one tool that can be used to choose a college or university that is a fit for you.​ College Navigator

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
To qualify to receive financial aid, in addition to demonstrating need, a student must be making “satisfactory academic progress” as defined by federal law and determined by Tri-County. This is true for all programs. Federal regulations require that a qualitative measure be used as a yardstick to assess satisfactory academic progress for all students who receive financial aid. Tri-County assesses students’ qualitative and quantitative progress every semester to determine if the students are progressing at a rate that will allow them to complete their course of study within the maximum allowed time frame. Specific program based requirements can be found here and in Tri-County’s Guide to Financial Aid. 

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Adult Cosmetology Gainful Employment Disclosure Click Here

Practical Nursing Gainful Employment Disclosure 10-Month Program (Day) Click Here

Practical Nursing Gainful Employment Disclosure 20-Month Program (Evening) Click Here

Withdrawal and Return to Title IV Policy is available here

Disability Services

Qualified students with disabilities can request and receive reasonable accommodations.

To become eligible for accommodations, a student must register with the program teacher by providing recent documentation of their disability. Registered students are responsible for requesting accommodations each session.

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, or activity that enables a qualified student with a disability to obtain equal access. The accommodations provided are in response to a student’s perceived barrier to access. In other words, a student must, at a minimum, identify how their disability is preventing them from having access. Therefore, the services and accommodations provided are intended to reasonably remove a barrier.

The office does not provide treatment or teach students how to minimize the impact of their disability. Instead, reasonable modifications are made to a course, program, or facility to allow the same access as experienced by students without disabilities. An accommodation is considered reasonable only if it does not significantly alter the essential components of a course or program.

Cost of Attendance

What is Cost of Attendance (COA)?
As defined on the FAFSA website is “The cost of attendance (COA) is not the bill that you may get from your college; it is the total amount it will cost you to go to college each year. The COA includes tuition and fees; on-campus room and board (or a housing and food allowance for off-campus students); and allowances for books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, and, if applicable, dependent care. It can also include other expenses like an allowance for the rental or purchase of a personal computer, costs related to a disability, or costs for eligible study-abroad programs.”

What is the Cost of Attendance at Tri-County?
The cost of attending Tri-County’s postsecondary programs is calculated for the purposes of determining Financial Aid. In addition to the billed costs of tuitions and fees paid directly to Tri-County there are additional expenses incurred by students that are quantified here based on surveys of past students. With the exception of Tuition and Fees all other expenses shown below are an estimate to be used for planning purposes only. Those expenses are outlined below.



Current & Perspective Postsecondary Student Resources

The information found in this section or its links is designed for students either attending or planning to attend one of Tri-County’s postsecondary programs. Additional information about our programs may be found by following the links on the right of this page. If you have trouble finding what you need please feel free to contact our Adult Education Department.

College Navigator
In an effort to assist all students, the College Navigator is one tool that can be used to choose a college or university that is a fit for you.​ College Navigator

Student Handbooks
Cosmetology Catalog & Handbook – Covers Cosmetology Program

Aesthetics Catalog & Handbook – Covers Aesthetics Program

Nursing Student Handbook– Covers Practical Nursing

Campus Safety and Security Handbook

Adult Cosmetology Program Objectives
Adult Cosmetology Objectives PDF file

Adult Cosmetology, Aesthetics and Manicuring Admission Application
Admission Application

To request accommodations while attending Tri-County postsecondary programs, the student with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must provide the program director or instructor with a current written report, completed by a qualified diagnostician, identifying the disability and the need for accommodations.

Upon graduation from the program, the student will be able to request an NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensing Exam-Practical Nursing) accommodation form that will request specific accommodations while taking the NCLEX-PN exam. This form and the required supporting documentation must be submitted in a sealed envelope attached to the graduate’s Massachusetts Nurse Licensure by exam application and mailed to Professional Credential Services, Inc.

Health Record Management and Tracking Service
The Tri-County Practical Nursing Program requires all enrolled students to utilize the health record management and tracking service, Pre-Check, for all required health documents. Pre-Check is affiliated with Sentry MD, which does the actual health record tracking. The cost to the student for this service is $29.50 one-time fee. $35.00 for two-year program.

All enrolled Nursing students must also utilize Pre-Check for their mandatory 10 panel drug-screening. Day Program students will need to have this done before Term II. Evening Program students will need to have this done before Term III in their second year. The cost to the student is $42.00. Students will have a wide variety of collection sites available that will provide easy access for drug screening.

Tri-County Plans
Tri-County has a host of plans designed to improve your experience as a student at Tri-County. We count on everyones input and support to make your experience here a good one. Whether you are in need of one of these plans because of a particular situation or not please take an opportunity to review these plans for future reference. Comments and suggestions regarding all or parts of any of these plans is welcome and can be submitted to the Adult Education Office for consideration.

Follow these links to the corresponding PDF form or plan
Transcript Request Form
Section 504 Students with Disabilities Act
Tri-County Postsecondary Grievence Procedure
Tri-County Health & Safety Plan
Tri-County Operation and Maintenance Plan
Tri-County Data Privacy and Security Plan
Tri-County Student Retention Plan
Tri-County Media Services Plan
Tri-County Job Placement Plan
Tri-County Equipment Maintenance Plan
Tri-County Records Policy
Tri-County Records Retention Policy
Tri-County Student Outcomes Followup Plan
Tri-County Student Services Effectiveness Evaluation Procedure
Tri-County Adequacy and Improvement of Physical Plant and Technical Infrastructure Plan

Student Body Diversity
Tri-County enrolls qualified students from all walks of life. The combination of a relatively small student body and short duration programs leads to relatively large variances in the make-up of the student body from year to year. If you are interested in learning about the make-up of Tri-County’s student body that information can be obtained through the Adult Education Office. This information can also be found through the College Navigator webpage link above.

Completion, Graduation, Retention and Placement Rates
Tri-County’s combination of a relatively small student body and short duration programs leads to relatively large variances in the student Completion, Graduation, Retantion and Placement rates from year to year. Tri-County is required to meet the minimum rates set as the standard by our accrediting agencies in order to maintain our accreditation. If you are interested in learning more about these standards and Tri-County’s Completion, Graduation, Retention and Placement rates that information can be obtained by contacting the Adult Education Office. This information can also be found through the College Navigator webpage link above.

Constitution Day
Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is traditionally observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. Tri-County postsecondary programs celebrate Constitution Day each year in the classroom through various efforts. To learn more about the Constitution of the United States on your own you can visit

Voter Registration
Tri-County strongly encourages all students and staff to participate in the voting process. To help you find information on voter registration or to fill out a voter registration form request, please visit the Massachusetts Elections Division website or call 1-800-462-VOTE. To verify your voter registration, please contact your local City or Town Clerk.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)Click here for the full text of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) as it relates to Tri-County Postsecondary Students.

Website and Publications
Tri-County makes every effort to insure that the information provided on its website and within it publications is accurate and up to date. All program tuition and fees, placement rates, graduation rates, student demographic information, policies, procedures, handbooks, publications and curriculum, however, are subject to change at any time by the appropriate action of administration of Tri-County. In the event that you find a discrepancy with any information presented by Tri-County please notify the program director or the Adult Education Office for clarification and to facilitate any corrections of the published information necessary.

Required Disclosure of Student Consumer Information
Current and perspective students can find the Annual Notice of Required Disclosures of Student Consumer Information HERE. This document provides a roadmap to where various information about the school and its programs can be found. If you have any questions about the information contained in the document or about any of our programs please contact the Adult Education Office at Tri-County.

Postsecondary Graduate Student Resources

Postsecondary Graduate Survey now ONLINE!
If you graduated from Practical Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Cosmetology, Manicuring or Aesthetics this survey is for you. The Postsecondary Graduate survey is now online. Information from our graduates’ activities after they leave Tri-County is very important for several reasons, including program and school accreditation, financial aid, and state and federal government reporting, to name a few.

We are also trying to improve our ability to help past, present and future students with job placement upon graduation. As a part of that effort, we are in the process of adding a job postings page to this website where employers that contact us can post job openings. By filling out the survey completely and providing us with an up to date email address we will put you on our mailing list for job openings and get that information out to you as soon as we receive it.

Transcript Request Form
Click here for the Transcript Request Form

Student Satisfaction Survey
Please take a minute to fill out our breif survey regarding the services provided you during your enrollment in our postsecondary programs. This feedback is very important as we work to continually improve our students overall experience here at Tri-County. Click here to take the Student Satisfaction Survey

Jobs Board
The Continuing Education Office receives requests from local business looking for past graduates to interview for job openings. We will post information about those openings on our Facebook Alumni page whenever we receive them in order to give you an opportunity to apply. Follow this link to our facebook page and like us to stay up to date on what is going on at the Continuing Education Office at Tri-County.
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If you would like more information about the schools accreditations or other approvals you may contact the Adult Education office:

Robert Foley    Phone: 508-528-5400 x: 119   Email:

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. This accreditation applies to the Postsecondary programs offered by Tri-County and does not cover the secondary school.

Council on Occupational Education,
7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325
Atlanta, GA 30350
Telephone: 770-396-3898 / FAX: 770-396-3790

Practical Nursing Program Status is Full Approval by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing