There are many options for those interested in obtaining a college degree in Arizona. The Maricopa Community College system partners with Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona to offer residents an inexpensive way to obtain general education credits and seamlessly transfer them in a "block transfer" to the State University of their choice.
This partnership also allows students to take similar courses, such as General Education courses, at the community college and use these credits towards a bachelor's degree.
They offer over 700 degree and certificate programs and students can take classes in several settings including: face to face instruction, online courses and hybrid courses which are a combination of online and in class.
Arizona State Universities
Arizona State University (ASU) has several campus around the Phoenix area including: Tempe, Downtown, West (Glendale), and Polytechnic (Mesa).
ASU offers more than 200 undergraduate programs and graduate programs.
University of Arizona is based in Tucson and they have a second campus in Sierra Vista. U of A has over 300 undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from.
Simplified College Steps:
1. Apply to College(s)- depending on the college you want to attend the application process can take months. However, the Maricopa Community College has a simple application process. A potential student can visit the desired campus online and request an MEID and fill out their information. A student will then need to take course placement tests, there are usually three tests that need to be taken. Once these are completed a student can meet with an advisor and select their classes for the semester.
2. Apply for Financial Aid (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ ) and any grants or scholarships available, these can usually be found on the college's websites. When you transfer from one college to another, you need to reapply for financial aid.
To get the most financial help, it is best to file FAFSA forms before the college's priority deadline. For example, ASU's priority deadline is March 1st, you can still apply after this date though. There are federal and state deadlines for FAFSA, check on the college website or with an advisor to be sure you do not miss the cutoff.
For Spring classes the cutoff is usually in late November/ Early December, for Summer classes the cutoff is usually sometime in March or April, and for Fall Classes the cutoff is usually in July.
3. Choose classes as early as possible to ensure the best selections.
4. Pay all tuition and fees by the due dates or you can be dropped from your classes.
5. Attend Orientations and Obtain Student Photo ID card
6. Purchase Textbooks.